What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Cheryl

I am a 53 yr old divorcee w/3 grown children, a cat & a dog. I've lived in MI, NM, Seoul Korea & CO.I Love our Lord.I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I grew up in a family that did not go to church. I started going to a local church in about the 4th or 5th grade. I can't tell you how many times I was saved and rebaptized! Though I was born in TX I grew up in MI. I also can't tell you how many times we moved while I was growing up!! And, No - we were not in the armed forces. :-) As a child I was abused in just about every way a child can be abused by my stepfather. I married young and had one child. I divorced almost as young and waited quite a while to remarry. I then married again and had another two children. My kids are all grown now and are working on making their lives what they need them to be. I have worked most of my adult life. I am a software tester right now. I have worked with computer software (programs) for most of my adult life. I have an Associates degree in General Education. Mostly because I have taken those classes that I needed most in order to do my job better. The Lord has been good to me and I still do have a job. I also have a townhome (well, me and the bank!) and a 7 year old truck that keeps running pretty well for me. Besides my three children I have had an array of animals (mostly dogs and cats) in my home. Currently we have an older dog and a cat. They are named Bonnie and Clyde. We had Bonnie first and when we next got a male cat I just couldn't resist naming him Clyde. I expect I will live a long life on this earth and hope to do as much good as possible while I am still here.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (The Mormons) when I was 16. I had a couple of really good friends who went to that church. My Grandparents were also converts and I went to church with them sometimes, but I was not going to join their church as I had my own. When I was 16 my parents started looking into this church and sometimes I was caught and could not leave before the missionaries got there. So I would end up staying to listen to them. When I did listen to them they made so much sense and I could feel their spirit and God's spirit. I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon and so I did. The Lord spoke to my heart and told me that it was time for me to grow some more and so I listened and was baptized, knowing that this was the church God wanted me to be in. I have spent the rest of my life grateful to our Heavenly Father for letting me know what was right and what was wrong. There were times when I found myself unable to follow His word. But no matter where I was in my life I always prayed. Then things would happen and I would turn back to doing what the Lord wanted me to do. At one point I even suggested to Him that I was a useless cause and He might just better go find someone else to help instead -- someone who WOULD listen to him. But no matter that I gave up on myself, HE never gave up on me. I have followed our Lord and followed myself many times in my life. I KNOW that this is where God wants me to be and that I am doing what He wants me to do. I have had many witnesses of this. The God I knew as a child was a very vengeful God, with no body or heart -- just a "being" that was sitting up there waiting to zap me whenever I did the wrong thing. It has taken me many many years to really accept the fact that this is just not true. He does have a body of flesh and bone -- we are made in His image -- and He loves me more than I will ever comprehend during this life. I love Him because He first loved me.

How I live my faith

There was one time when my oldest daughter was in a small church building with me. The doors were closed and we were pretty much alone in the building. I was cleaning tables off and my daughter was playing here and there. All of a sudden a voice (was it a real voice or a voice in my head? I am not sure) told me -- GO FIND YOUR DAUGHTER. So I took off for the front and sure enough, someone had come in and left the front door open. We were on a VERY busy road and she was running right towards it!! I yelled her name and she ACTUALLY LISTENED! I ran and got her and brought her back into the building with me. God has great plans for her -- I knew it right then! I am attending my meetings regularly and have been for quite a while now -- probably longer than at any other time in my life. He continues to bless me day by day and I feel his presence with me. I know He has forgiven me my sins. I know that as I struggle in this life He is right there helping me to move forward and as I make my mistakes and then ask for His forgiveness with a contrite spirit that He does indeed forgive me. Through out my membership in His church I have held many different jobs (we call them callings). Currently I am the secretary for our womans group, The Relief Society. I also visit at least four different sisters each month, just to make sure that they are doing well and that they know we care. We call this Visiting Teaching. We review a small lesson the church gives us and we make sure that if they need anything we help out or find them someone who can. It is a wonderful program and I am glad that Heavenly Father loved us enough to bless us with it - I feel a special bond with each of my sisters. I love the Lord and strive daily to do what He asks of me. Each time I follow His promptings and get to bless someone because of it I am reminded all over of how much He loves us all.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We absolutely believe that the Bible is the Word of God. We know that God gave man the Bible to record the lives and teachings of his prophets in early time. In the Bible we find record of His son's birth and his life with his chosen people. Teaching them and bringing them closer to his Father, our Father, in Heaven. We believe that the Bible is a sacred book of Scripture with many of his early prophets telling us of their lives and how they directed Heavenly Fathers children during their lives here on earth. It was written by holy men as directed by God. In this same way he also spoke too and taught others of His children. This is what the Book of Mormon records. His Holy Scripture as given to those of his children who were sent out of Israel and it too very much supports the Bible and Heavenly Fathers messages to his children. Show more Show less