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Hi I'm Sherri

I'm a mother of four children living in New England. I'm a Mormon woman.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and then left for college where I completed my undergraduate and master's degrees in Social Work. I married a wonderful man. I worked as a social worker for several years and I absolutely loved it. After my first baby was born, I took a break from work to be with her full time. Now I have four fabulous children. I'm still home with them full time. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be home with them. Its a rare opportunity these days for a woman to not work for pay and I'm grateful for the huge sacrifices that my husband makes in order to make that happen for me. Its certainly not for everyone. The Lord knows all and knows what is best for each family and each mother in regards to the way work and family life can and should be balanced.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, my mother was searching for a church. I followed her Sunday after Sunday to various churches and even synagogues. I learned to respect all the many religions that I encountered. There is so much goodness and truth in these many faiths. I am profoundly grateful for the contributions that all these faiths make to the virtue that exists in our society and world at large. As a young college student, I spent a semester in the Holy Land studying the beautiful Islamic and Jewish cultures and religions. I studied in earnest my own Christian faith there. Through all of these experiences, my love for my Mormon faith only grew and strengthened. I served a mission for the Mormon church in my early 20's in Southern France. I'd seen many miracles throughout my life but it was there on my mission that I experienced miracles as I served God and studied and taught from the scriptures that are unforgettable. I have continued to witness miracles in my daily life as a result of my faith in God and the love that He has for me and my family. God has tried us and tested us. He has asked a lot of us but every time we have made a sacrifice for Him and every time we have agreed to follow His commandments whether they were easy to follow and understand or not, He has blessed us far beyond our deserving. However, its not the miracles and blessings that I have received and witnessed as a member of the Mormon faith that keeps me in it. Its the little things I do on a regular basis as a practicing member of the Mormon faith--frequent prayer throughout the day, daily scripture study, weekly church attendance--that allows me to feel the Holy Spirit and constantly receive a calm but unmistakable assurance that I'm on the right path. Being a Mormon for me is the path of happiness for me and my family.

How I live my faith

Besides being a mother of four, I'm actively involved in my community and I'm a female leader in my church congregation. I head-up two of the PTA Committees at my older childrens' elementary school and volunteer wherever I can at the school. Currently, I am devoting time to a project to rebuild our school's playground. I have been involved over the past 2 years in a parent-run indoor playground in our town that serves children during the cold winter months. I also give time to my daughter's preschool. I am committed to helping build and sustain the community in which my family lives and thrives. In my church congregation, I am the leader of the women's organization. We have about 90 women who range in ages from 18 to 84. They vary widely in their interests, occupations and lifestyles. Some are single, some are married, and some divorced. Some of the women have children, some don't. Some of the mothers stay home with their children and some don't. Within our group we have a wide range of economic circumstances and our political views vary as widely. We represent many cultures including several asian cultures, several middle eastern countries, numerous Haitian women and several hispanic countries. The sisterhood in our group is invaluable to each one of us as we support one another through the good times and the bad. Each woman in our group is a vital member and makes a unique contribution. I have held multiple leadership positions in my church as a female. I have served shoulder to shoulder with the male leaders in my church. My opinions, perspectives and wisdom as a female has always been valued, actively sought out and my suggestions are acted upon. I regularly see the vast influence of my input and actions in my congregation as a whole, not just amongst the women. My role as a female leader is comparable in importance to that of any other male leadership role in my church. I do not hold the priesthood and I love that!