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Hi I'm Cherie

Music and singing are my special joys. I love my family. I attended college at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life seems quite busy and gets hectic at times. If only I could be two or more places at once! A great joy, and at times a great challenge, is my family. My dear husband and I have two children for whom I have great respect and love. My grandchildren, currently numbering 7 are delightful. I love them so much! We miss our oldest grandchild who died at the age of 6. At times, grief washes over me and I pray for comfort. I will always miss him until we meet again. I have two brothers, one 16 months older and one 16 years older. My father died the week before I turned 2 years old. Our mother raised us and was able to provide us the basics of life. In terms of career: I worked for years as an analyst and manager in State government. I left my State career to be a homemaker, a most rewarding but unappreciated career. Besides nurturing my family, I have been involved in helping at our children's schools, serving at church, and doing extensive community service with youth soccer. I have an eating disorder: This means my body and mind cannot handle sugar and white flour and do not have a "stop" switch. I have been blessed to find a "12-Step" program for this that has given me recovery for over 4 years in a normal-sized body, "one day at a time". Singing is a great joy for me, in ensembles, choirs, or solos. My fears stopped me from going forward in developing this talent. I lost my voice for a while. God led me to a teacher who has helped me sing again. I feel so grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

My Heavenly Father loves me and you. We are His children. He created this wonderful planet, like many other planets, for us to come to, have a body, gain experience, and, hopefully, return to Him. He is a God of justice and of mercy: Because we all make mistakes, He lovingly made a plan that allows us to return to Him if WE will choose to. In His plan, He needed someone to suffer for our sins so we will not have to, a "mediator". Jesus volunteered to do this for me and for you, suffering unimaginable plain twice -- in Gethsemane and on the cross. First in Gethsemane: Jesus suffered for our pains, afflictions, temptations, sicknesses, infirmities, transgressions, and sins if we will repent. No wonder He sweat blood! Second on the cross: Jesus suffered death so each of us will be resurrected through no effort of our own. Words cannot express my gratitude for my Jesus' sacrifice and for Heavenly Father's willingness to allow his Beloved Son to go through such a horrific experience for all of His other children. Because I feel such gratitude, my dear husband and I have left our home to serve a mission to some of Heavenly Father's children. We hope to help them feel greater love, peace, and joy in their lives. In my heart of hearts, I know this is true... In my beloved Savior Jesus' name. Amen.

How I live my faith

Members of our faith are asked to serve our fellows in "callings". Because I am a musician and conduct music: I have often been called to direct congregational singing or to teach hymns and songs to children. I always love singing hymns with adults and feeling the unity and witness of the Holy Spirit. Teaching songs and hymns to children is my favoring calling: I have learned so much about my Jesus and Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit through these simple, beautiful children's songs. At times I have been called to serve as pianist with the children or other groups in the community. Because my palms get sweaty, this service has been somewhat more difficult for me. Teaching Sunday school classes to children is also a challenge for me. Teaching through music is much easier for me whether at church or in the community. I also love to work with youth: On occasion, I have directed youth choirs (as well as adult choirs). Once I was asked to be director of a "roadshow", a one-act play. It was a challenge and a hoot! The cast and crew included 45+ youth and adults. Boy, did I learn a lot! Twice I sang solos on TV for a local religious program....my "claim to fame" :-).