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Hi I'm Cheryl

I’m a gardener, a bibliophile, a pianist, a food activist, a dancer, a quilter. I'm a wife, mother, & grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am somewhat of an introvert, and I like to “recharge my batteries” at home. I sometimes stay up late at night in order to find uninterrupted quiet! I like spending time with books, being creative with my sewing machine, or working in my garden. I especially love my garden. There is something about getting my hands dirty, watching things grow, and seeing the Law of the Harvest at work that is therapeutic. My garden also satisfies my need for beauty. I have many interests and hobbies, but my focus right now is on raising children. I have nine children, with three still at home. I find a lot of fulfillment in homeschooling my kids. Not only do I get to spend a lot of time with some of my favorite people, but I love the intellectual challenge of learning along with them. I guess you could say I was a “crunchy” mom before there ever was such a term :) I want to think and act for myself, even if that sometimes means doing things differently than other people. I use a clothesline instead of a dryer. I’ve homeschooled all my kids through high school. And my first aid kit contains herbs and essential oils in addition to the usual stuff.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I don’t remember any one big thing that suddenly made me KNOW the church was true. It was many years of little things that built my faith. It was seeing that the doctrines of the church were logical and that there were always answers to my questions. As an older (and hopefully wiser) adult, I can see that the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me all the tools I need to live a happy, fulfilling life. I’ve just always known that it was true and right.

How I live my faith

I know that everything I have comes from God, so I have a responsibility to take good care of it. I believe in taking care of our earth, and I like to say that “we are a big family with a small footprint.” We recycle, we compost, we send very little to our local landfill. We garden organically, eat local food, and try to conserve our resources. My mother taught me to “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” and that is my mantra. It really comes in handy in today’s economy! I truly believe in what my church teaches about the importance of family. I chose to be a stay-at-home mom instead of pursuing a lucrative career because I believe that my work as a mother is very close to the work of God. Raising a family is a lot like gardening. There are the hectic times of planting and harvest, but mostly you need to always be there – a little every day – to be successful. Also like gardening, motherhood rewards you with growth and beauty. :) Serving others is another key to my happiness. Not only do I serve my family, but I try to involve them in serving those outside our home—whether it is taking garden produce to a neighbor or participating in a community service day. I think that the principle of agency is very empowering. Knowing that Heavenly Father feels it is so important for my salvation encourages me do my best to make good, intelligent choices. As it says in the Book of Mormon, I try to act for myself and not be acted upon.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

The missionaries or their families pay for their missions. I currently have a son serving a mission in Brazil, and we send in a payment every month. Often friends and relatives contribute too. Show more Show less