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Hi I'm Sherry

I’m from California. I was a lawyer in Utah before staying home as a mother. I do family history and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

My talents are in reading, writing, organizing, and singing. I was active in speech and debate in high school, and worked at Disneyland part-time during college. I have a younger brother and sister, and our parents died early. I went to law school and also earned an M.B.A. degree, becoming a real estate attorney in Salt Lake City. I met my husband there and we were married six weeks later! When our children came, I decided to stay home with them. Then came a great love for researching about the ancestors of my parents. I still love doing family history, and the internet helps. We raised our children and dogs on a country road and love the nature and historic sites in Pennsylvania. We have been active in scouting and my husband and son are Eagle Scouts. We are also a military family, through the Army National Guard and the Reserves. I became very ill for several years when our children were young, and learned to live with severe food restrictions for a long time. When I was better I volunteered in the school district for many years as a writer and a reporter. After our children were grown, I went back to work in real estate legal research. It has been special to share the gospel with others on the east coast. I am grateful for people in my life who were friends and then also became church members. I also love singing in the choir at church. I love being a grandmother now but our children live far away. I am grateful for so many electronic ways to keep in touch!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in my early twenties I began to wonder whether or not there was a true church. I was in law school I felt that there were spiritual laws that applied to life on the earth just as there were laws for governments. I attended a weekly prayer group on campus but felt the need to learn more. I decided to read the entire Bible, which I had never done before. I also decided to read the Book of Mormon, which I had also never read although my mother had been a church member. I prayed for guidance. The first seven chapters in the Book of Mormon involve experiences with dreams, visions, angels, prophets, scriptures, prayer and direction from the Spirit of the Lord which is the Holy Ghost. The Bible describes these, too. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. I tried living the commandments: tithing, keeping the Sabbath day holy, the health laws. They made my life better. I committed to be an actively practicing Mormon by the time I graduated. It was the most important decision I ever made, and it led me to many other wonderful decisions about my husband and our children, and my career. I learned I could pray and sometimes fast about concerns in my life, and that answers would come to my mind or my heart. This was “personal revelation” to me, as we call it in the church. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the restoration of the church Jesus established on the earth. Joseph Smith was the prophet who restored the gospel. The authority of the Priesthood was restored, with the full authority for the ordinances of baptism and the temple. There are many good people in the world, and many who try to follow the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ. But the fullness of the gospel, especially Priesthood authority, prophets, apostles and temples, is found only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am grateful to be a member of the church. The children and youth programs were a wonderful way for me and my husband to grow up, and for our children, too. Weekly worship services; youth Sunday School classes; weekly weeknight activities; weekday seminary for high school youth; youth choirs, conferences, summer camps and temple trips were all great and encouraged friendships with other young people with high standards. In our home, we have daily scripture study together as a family, daily family prayer, and a weekly Family Home Evening when we spend special time together. There have been many opportunities in the church to serve in teaching and leadership positions for children, teen-agers and adults. I have also helped others to do their family history, worked in the church library, been a church historian, and enjoyed singing in the choir and going to the temple. There are several activity groups for women and social activities for all ages. The Personal Progress program, for teen-age girls and adult women, is a great goal-setting activity. Today I enjoy being a coordinator for the adult women’s home visit program, called “visiting teaching”. I love watching General Conference in April and October, live from Salt Lake City. The prophet, twelve apostles and other leaders always give inspired talks that help me to grow closer to my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I love spending time each day in personal prayer and personal study of the scriptures. Scripture study classes on Sundays are also a blessing to me. No matter how many times you have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, there is always more to learn. I love knowing that my husband and I are eternal companions, and that in the temple marriages are solemnized “for time and all eternity”. This blessing also seals us to our children, and allows us to seal our ancestors together, too. I love sharing the gospel with others, and have been able to do that often in Pennsylvania.