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Hi I'm Sheri

I'm married to a therapist and the step-mother to two wonderful children. I'm an author. I have lymphedema. I'm real.

About Me

Hello! I am a newlywed, married to the love of my universe of infinite imagination. This is my husband's second marriage. He's proof to the world that someone can survive divorce and find true love. I inherited two gorgeous step-children, a boy and a girl. Being a step-mom has really rocked my world! Our daughter is developmentally delayed, so it brings an extra blessing to us to raise her. I struggle with lymphedema, a chronic illness of the lymphatic system. I am in pain all the time. However, this has taught me many things, such as compassion. I am an Executive Assistant for a large online retailer, and I am also an independent consultant for the Pampered Chef. I am a poet, lyricist, singer, and writer. I just published my first book, an ebook. I'm working on a fictional novel now for young adults, with morals to teach them how to handle problems in the real world. I enjoy scrapbooking, making cards, painting unfinished wood and other art mediums. I'm a former pro DJ. I eat art in order to function. I believe art to be the one language that doesn't necessitate explanation.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is full of joy and also has its times of sorrow. As a young child, I felt close to my Father in Heaven and would talk and sing to Him often. I attended various churches, including a Luthern church for several months. Then when I was eight, I moved to another state and started attending the only church in the small town I lived in, the Mormon Church. I went alone, and the church was diagonally across the street from where I lived, so it was easy to walk to and from there. The spirit there was very strong, and quite different than any other church I'd attended previously. I loved the children's songs in primary, and I enjoyed the small Sunday school classroom where the teacher taught for part of the worship time so there was more sincere, attentive teaching then I'd experienced before in church. The Bishop asked my father for permission for me to hear the discussions given to people investigating the church, and I received the lessons from a sister who had recently returned from her full-time mission at her home. I was baptized when I was nine and continued to attend church alone, throughout my childhood. My testimony grew throughout the years and helped me stay sane, as I had a really difficult life at home. As an adult, my belief and understanding of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the gospel has helped me consistently when I was struggling, even today. I have had countless spiritual experiences, private conversations with my Father in Heaven, answers to prayer. Whether it be due to physical hardship, the pain of a loved one's trial, the regret from sin, or any other challenge I have faced, I know that I have my King, my Lord on my side. God is always true, with unconditional love. He knows us extensively, perfectly, and will never forget or forsake us. I know that as I follow the commandments, live my life the best I can and repent when I make mistakes, I will be truly happy, no matter what happens. What an absolute blessing.

How I live my faith

I believe that as a Christian, it is in my attitude and action taken to serve others that shows how much I follow Jesus Christ. I strive to be an example of Him every day. At times it is hard, but I try to take the high road and remember that I must answer to my Savior and forgive and serve all. I'm a visiting teacher to 18 sisters who are less active, which is sharing with them a spiritual message via correspondence and inviting them back to church and to serve them. I sing in the church choir with my husband, and we really enjoy that. We have sung duets together, and they are best when it's gospel music with the blessing of the Holy Spirit. I also sing in the stake choir. In addition, I serve at our temple in Bellevue, known as the Seattle Temple, to do work for our ancestors. I volunteer for Lifelong AIDS Alliance. I help with various events to raise money to assist those who combat AIDS and HIV. For the last three years, I have been an ambassador for the annual Dining Out For Life event, where restaurants donate a portion of all the day's proceeds to the organization. I do other volunteer work in my community, such as coordinating the donation of boxes of food to feed homeless families at the YWCA shelter for Thanksgiving or giving a holiday card to every person in an elderly care facility for Christmas or Hanukkah, based on their faith. I've been part of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) too, which is a program set up for volunteers who are sworn workers of the family court system to investigate and advocate for abused and neglected children.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the ability - the permission given, if you will - to act in God's name. Think of it as authority, given to males, who live righteously to perform ordinances and have callings. Because Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have given us freedom of choice, or free agency, we are free to make our own choices in order to grow. Part of the miracle of a man having the priesthood is showing he is proving himself trustworthy by obeying the commandments and being able to go out and serve his fellowmen. Some of those ordinances would be baptizing someone, giving a sick person a blessing, or marrying a couple in the temple. A few examples of callings that men have who have the priesthood are being the bishop, president over the Sunday School, or serving as a full-time missionary. Males are able to receive the priesthood starting at age 12. It is given to all who are living a righteous life and who desire to have it. We believe that the priesthood is a blessing and privilege. Those who hold this sacred authority are expected by Heavenly Father to follow the example of Jesus. Show more Show less