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Hi I'm Sherry

I'm a high school teacher and an interpreter for the Deaf and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach high school foreign language. If anyone had told me I would do that when I was younger, I would have been truly surprised. That was before I became the mother of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children and learned about the wonderful culture of the Deaf community. I am the mother of 5 children, 2 hearing, 2 Deaf/Hard of Hearing and one who died as an infant. I was terrified when I first learned that my children had disabilities. I couldn't imagine what my future, or theirs for that matter, would be like. We were living in Utah at the time and decided to visit the Provo Deaf Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We became members of that Branch and attended it for a year until we returned to Washington State. Those wonderful people taught us about the Deaf community and the fact that many Deaf grow up without being able to communicate with their parents. I decided that would not happen to my children and set out to learn sign so that I could communicate with them. Over the years not only did I learn sign but so did all of our family. As my skills improved I was asked often to interpret for various things until my signing evolved into a paying job. I now teach ASL as a foreign language and love being able to work with the youth of my small town. I've learned that my children are not disable as I originally thought. They only use a different language to communicate. They are now perfectly capable and successful adults.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young I lived in Missouri. My mother was an inactive member of the LDS church (Mormon). My step-father was Southern Baptist. We moved a lot when I was young and where ever we went my family would attend the closest church. In Missouri that was often a Baptist church. I loved church and had a good knowledge of the scripture stories. When I was 10 my Great Grandmother came to visit us. She and my grandfather had recently served a mission for the LDS church. She invited us to go with her to church one Sunday. I remember sitting in Sunday School class that day and hearing a scripture story that was totally unfamiliar to me. I didn't know it then but it was a story from the Book of Mormon. It was a great story and fit well with everything that I had learned in other Sunday School classes. Well this group of people were planning a weekend activity to go and visit LDS church history sights in the area. My Grandma made sure that we had the opportunity to go. We went to Adam Ondi Ahman, Far West, Haun's Mill and Liberty Jail that day. These are all very important cites in LDS church history. It was a very interesting day and gave me a lot to think about. I know now that what I felt that day was the Holy Spirit testifying the truthfulness of the things that I was hearing. I was able to take the missionary discussions and was baptized the week of my 11th birthday. Some would say that my Grandmother or my mother influenced my choice. I would tell them only in so far as they introduced me to the gospel. They allowed me to find my own way. I knew when I was baptized as I know today that the true gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth through a latter day prophet named Joseph Smith. God once again speaks to us through his prophets as he did in the Old and New Testament times. How grateful I am for that knowledge.

How I live my faith

I remember when I was baptized singing a song with the words, "I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord, over mountain or plain or sea. I'll say what you want me to say dear Lord. I'll be what you want me to be." I have tried to follow those words in my life and they have led me to such wonderful blessings. I have had the opportunity to do and learn so many wonderful things. This language has blessed my life over and over again. It led me to a career I never would have considered on my own and to a culture that has taught me acceptance, understanding, perseverance, love and the value of communication. I'm thankful that the Lord has gently led me to the small town that I live in. It's beautiful and peaceful and offers me the opportunity to see the beauty of a mountain sunrise one day, fog along the river bottom the next, and yet another day may bring a storm across the valley below. I have been given so many opportunities to serve in my community and schools. It has been a privilege to teach the young people of our community the value of community service through things such as food drives, holiday gift drives, planting trees, cleaning parks etc. It's an amazing thing to watch a student realize that service is actually fun and can lead to new interests and goals. My husband and I have had the opportunity for the past 5 years to work with a Deaf Branch of our church. My husband serves as the Branch President and I as an interpreter and adult Sunday School teacher. I'm thankful for this teaching opportunity at church. It's a very difficult calling for me but I have learned so much. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ with my whole heart. I'm thankful for all of the mountains and plains of my life. The Lord has placed them there to provide me the opportunity to grow. I'm thankful for my family. They are the light of my life. I'm thankful for the eternal blessings of the temple that bind us together for eternity.