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Hi I'm Cheryl Hesman

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in the Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I am a third generation Latter Day Saint.

About Me

I grew up in a family of seven children with parents and grandparents attending the Latter Day Saint church together. I fell in love with my husband at first site; he would later join the church and we would go on to raise our children in the gospel of Jesus Christ. My husband and I were blessed with five children; one daughter and four sons. I spent many years being a stay-at-home mom and felt very blessed for the opportunity. I loved being at home with my children and going thorugh all the stages of being a busy mom...meeting them at the door after school and sharing happy experiences as well as some tough ones depending on their day. Our children are grown and married now and we have the pleasure of being grandparents to 17 terrific grandchildren. I am still learning new things every day, teaching early morning seminary and enjoying the scriptures. I love to read; I enjoy being creative whether it be sewing or quilting or decorating our home. I like flowers, photography and scrapbooking. I love to go to the Temple and work on Family History. My husband and I have moved a number of times for job relocations so our children have experiences in different parts of the United States. Each place we have lived the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been the main focus in our lives; the gospel of Jesus Christ is the same no matter where we go. I was baptized when I was 8 years old by my father and I am grateful for the gospel in my life. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have grasped the teachings and lessons my parents taught me as I was growing up. At one point I had to decide for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. I did that through continuing to attend church and studying the Book of Mormon as well as asking questions and seeking guidance from my Priesthood leaders. I felt God's love during my teenage years through the standards and values that I learned each week in Sunday School classes, young women classes and Sacrament Meeting. I love being taught through hymns and music that touch my soul. Worshipping through music is a prayer set to musical notes. The gospel of Jesus Christ centers my life and gives me goals to keep me on track to a successful and happy life. I love knowing I am a child of God and that he loves all his children. He is always there for us; we need to seek Him in our daily lives. Ancient prophets spoke of the Savior and knew Him personally. We also can know the Savior and eagerly await the second coming of Christ. My time on earth is but a small time; eternity is forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to live a good life and set examples for others in how I live and the values I pursue. I have always been active in the church and had the opportunities to serve others in many ways. I have worked with the children from toddlers through teens as well as in the women's programs of the church. I love the sisterhood of the church and how we get the opportunity to learn from others as well as share what we have learned through the years. I teach early morning seminary right now. It is a program where our high school students meet together every school morning for 50 minutes. To do this we rise early and start class at 6:10 a.m. to study the scriptures and have discussion before everyone has to depart for school. It gives our day structure as well as a spiritual time to start our day. My time includes searching out my ancestory and doing temple work for them. It involves being a follower of Christ and letting Him direct my life. Life on earth is "Happiness" when we let the Lord guide our thoughts and activities.