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Hi I'm Cheryl

I love to read, eat and play with power tools, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Gilbert, AZ outside of Phoenix. I attended college at BYU in Provo, UT where I met my husband. I received my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and I taught at an At-Risk High School for 1 year while my husband finished up his course work and I was pregnant with my first child. We then moved back to the Gilbert area when my husband attended Law School at ASU. He works for a local law firm defending school districts around the state and has cases come before the Arizona State Supreme Court, The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and even The United States Supreme Court. I am fortunate enough to stay home with our 6, almost 7 children ranging in ages from 13 to 18 months.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church by loving parents who have always been very strong in their faith. I can never think of a time in my life when I questioned what I had been taught. There have certainly been times when challenges in my life and led me to my faith and my Savior for help and guidance and this faith has never let me down. I don't know at what point I stopped relying on my parents testimony and had to lean on my own faith. I certainly know that when I moved out on my own, just 3 weeks after my high school graduation, I had no doubt that I would continue to live my life in accordance with the teachings I had grown up with. As a parent, my faith has become more and more important to me as it is a source of strength and guidance as I try to navigate parenthood and teach my children to be up standing, happy, and contributing members of society. I know that families are the most central unit of society and its truly part of God's plan for our happiness. Despite the challenges and hardships that come our way, I cannot imagine having the level of happiness and completeness I have in my life without my family. I know that as my children get older, the challenges they face will be greater and greater as they face the temptations and pressure of the world around them. I am so thankful for this church and it's doctrine that helps to guide and direct both me and them. They only need to ask for that guidance and it will be given. I know this, because I have always felt the presence of My Father, and His Son in my times of need. I know they love me and will never leave me alone.

How I live my faith

I have spent much of my married life working with teenage young women in our church. I have spent time as a teacher for them, as well as someone who organizes weekly activities. I just spent the last almost 5 years working as someone who has more of a "supervising" role for those who work with the girls on a more individual level. In this compacity, I was still able to interact with the girls as I helped to plan and attend an annual summer camp as well as other annual activities. I have also worked as a Sunday School teacher for younger children from 18-months up to 10 years old. I also have the opportunity to be a "visiting teacher" which means that I have 3 fellow members of my congregation, all woman who I get to visit with monthly. As I get to know these women, I have been able to establish great, and lasting friendships. They have called on me in their times of need and I've been able to help them get through challenging times. I am so thankful for the friendships I have been able to cultivate as a result of these service opportunities.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes I do. I can't believe that our Father in Heaven would lead his people in biblical times, but would leave us to find our own ways through these times, when there so much social and moral unrest. If God loved His children thousands of years ago to send a prophet to guide them, why wouldn't He do it for us to? Does He love us any less? Of course not, which is why he has sent us a living prophet to help us find our way to home to our Father and Savior. Show more Show less