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Hi I'm Cheryl

I’m a retired Sergeant Major. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A wife, mom to two boys, a novelist and screenwriter all keep me very busy! I haven’t always been a member of the church, and had some pretty rough patches as I grew up. I attended eleven different schools as a child as my father followed work as an aircraft machinist. My parent divorced and I moved with my mother to the Pacific Northwest. I dabbled as an actress, hairdresser, model, and lab driver before joining the army. Fortunately, I had found strength in the church before going off to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I count it as one of the hardest things I ever did, and also a time of great joy when I completed training! I just graduated from a university and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. Proof that a "mature" woman in her fifties can do anything she puts her mind to. I went through some pretty rough times over the years, but also found out what I was made of. It’s good to know that if we look heavenward when times are tough, our Father in Heaven will reach down and hold our hand. All we have to do is ask.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the things I asked for was to find a church where they worshipped Christ and Heavenly Father with purity and sincerity. I know that the members who embrace the gospel of Christ are sincere by the love and service they offer to others, the welcoming spirit they showed me, and by the righteous choices they make. These are the kind of people I want to associate with. By doing so, it gives me more strength in facing the temptations and trials of life. The precepts taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are simple to understand, are patterned after the original church set up by Jesus Christ, and are applicable to our modern-day lives. The answers we need to our difficulties, problems, and challenges can all be found within the scriptures. It’s comforting to know that Christ also gave scripture to the inhabitants of this continent. It proves He loves all of us. The Book of Mormon anchors the Holy Bible as truth and as a witness of Christ.

How I live my faith

As a member of the church, I have so many resources and opportunities for personal growth. It begins with going to the Savior to fill my lamp each week by attending my church meetings, partaking of the sacrament, and sharing the spirit with others who are doing the same. This gives me strength to get through the week and reminds me of what I should be doing to prove my love to the Savior by following His commandments. I read my scriptures daily (or almost daily!), and when I have opportunities to teach righteous precepts to my children, it also reinforces my own testimony. I also know that I have to be a good example to others because non-members tend to watch us more closely. The church also provides me with the chance to teach from time to time, and this helps my spirit to grow in knowledge and love towards others. We also have opportunities to serve one another in many ways - both large and small. As we serve each other, we serve Him. The way I live also includes prayer and repentance. We are human and make mistakes. Through repentance (which is part of my daily life), I can be reconciled to my Father in Heaven. Through repentance, I have hope for an eternal life of joy.