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Hi I'm Sherry

I'm a return missionary. I'm a mother. I'm an aspiring teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised Mormon, although my parents were raised in other Christian religions and converted to the LDS church after they were married. As a result, I spent my childhood around extended family members who were not LDS. At the age of 21, I served a full time mission for the Church as a sister missionary--it's not only the guys who get to go. After my mission I got married and my husband and I moved so he could attend culinary school. At that time, I didn't finish my bachelors degree. After ten years from the time I began my college education (and after two kids with a third on the way), I received my degree. I am now in a teacher certification program and will be receiving my credentials in about a year. There is a rich military tradition in my family. My grandfather served in the South Pacific during World War II and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. My other grandfather served in Europe and was a German prisoner of war. My dad was a Marine during the Vietnam War and served in the reserves. My brother is currently a captain in the Air Force. I love my family (immediate and extended) and I remain close with my siblings. Of all the various ancestries I claim, I am very proud to call myself Swedish. My great-grandparents were immigrants from there. I have much family in Sweden whom I remain in contact with. I am a small-town girl currently surviving in the city, waiting for my chance to "go home" to the country where I can raise my three boys.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the LDS church but there came a time in my life when I had to discover my own testimony. When I went to college, I attended a school established and run by the Church. At that time it was called Ricks College but is now known as BYU-Idaho. I received a great strength to my testimony when I saw so many of my peers who had also chosen the Lord’s path and our happiness together. The spirit of the Lord filled my heart. After graduating with my AA degree, I came to a crossroads. I didn’t know where to go next. When I turned 21, I found my feet were taking me down an unexpected path; I was to serve a mission for the Lord. I had much opposition along the way, but that only proved to me how important it was for me to follow through with this choice. I knew there was something great waiting for me down this path. After serving for a year and a half, I knew why I had to serve a mission. There was no monumental, life changing moment. But I had a deep, burning love in my heart for my Savior and His church. There is a hymn that sums up how I feel deep in my soul for this, His one true church. The hymn is hymn #85 in the LDS hymnbook, “How Firm a Foundation”. The lines that struck me are these: “The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose, I will not, I cannot desert to His foes. That soul, though all Hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.” I cannot, I will not, ever forsake my Savior or His gospel. I have found nothing sweeter, nothing purer, and nothing more uplifting in dark times than this gospel of Jesus Christ and the wonderful support I have had my entire life from generous members of His church. I will never forsake this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will strive my entire life to help others find the solace I have found in the truths brought back to earth through Joseph Smith, the prophet and in the Book of Mormon. It is true. All of it. I truly cannot forsake it.

How I live my faith

Every member serves in the church. We are all volunteers, called by the Lord to serve where we are needed. The calling that has had the most dramatic effect on my life (in fact, it changed my life and set my feet on the Lord’s path forever) was as a full time missionary. I learned dedication, hard work, obedience, and love, among other things. I learned that to love is to serve, and so I serve where I am called. I have worked with the children in the Church’s primary program. I love music and have had many opportunities to share my talents. Currently, I lead the music during the women’s meeting on Sunday. I have taught lessons and, like most members of the Church, I have taken my turn speaking in church. I also prepare and send out a weekly newsletter by email for the women of our congregation. I love helping and serving and doing my part. I love to get to know other people so I take any opportunity to attend any kind of get together, inside the Church or outside. Once a month, I go with another woman in our congregation (or "ward", as we call it) to visit three other women. We talk, laugh, and share a spiritual message. And treats are usually involved. This is called visiting teaching and every woman in the ward has the chance to be a part of it. I love to go visiting teaching and I love when my visiting teachers come and visit me. The fellowship of this Church is rich and fulfilling. I can’t help but love doing my part.