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Hi I'm Sheralee

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I love to live, laugh, and learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family that valued togetherness, memory-making, learning, teaching, and service. I graduated from university to become a writer and a teacher, but I met and married my husband and became a wife and mother first. Now I do my most life-changing teaching in my home, where I teach my six sons, six preschoolers, and several writing students. My faith and family life inspire my best writing. As I teach, write, and raise my family, I learn more about myself. My family is my training ground for becoming the individual my Heavenly Father sent me here to be.

Why I am a Mormon

From my early childhood, I felt the Holy Ghost confirm to me the truthfulness of the restored gospel taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I remember singing with my family the words, "Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan." I felt the love and warmth of my Heavenly Father. I knew that He was real, that I was His daughter, and that I could make and keep sacred covenants that would allow me to be together forever not only with my parents and siblings but with my future husband and children, as well. Through my parents' love, example, and diligent teaching, I came to study the Book of Mormon on my own and to receive the Spirit's witness in my heart that the book is true. Through it, I have come to know my Savior, Jesus Christ. Every day, I am grateful for the Atonement He performed in my behalf. I know that He suffered for my sins, died for me, and rose from the grave. Because He did, I can repent and be forgiven of my sins. He can help me overcome my weakness. Though my loved ones and I die, we will all rise again with perfected bodies. If we keep the covenants we have made at baptism and in the holy temple, we can live together with each other and our Heavenly Father forever. Life is full of challenges. Every time I encounter challenge, I kneel and pray to my Father in Heaven. I know He lives. I know He loves me. I know He listens when I pray, and although He does not always answer in the way I desire, I know He always answers in the way that is best for me. When I have struggled with sorrow, fear, discouragement, weakness, illness, and emotional hurt, He has comforted me through the Holy Ghost and wrought miracles in my life. Many of His miracles come as simple tender mercies: a phone call from an understanding friend, a feeling of peace, a passage of scripture that strengthens my faith, a hug from my husband. By small and simple things, He brings great things to pass.

How I live my faith

My entire life revolves around keeping the covenants I've made with God at baptism and in His holy temple. I love to rise early in the morning before my children and study the Book of Mormon and the words of living prophets while I exercise. I have chosen to have several children, to stay home with them, and to dedicate myself to their upbringing. All of the writing and teaching I do I do in my home. My family gathers daily to sing hymns, pray, and study the scriptures. We eat, work, read, play, and pray together. My stay-at-home job is almost always grueling, but I know its rewards - although not always immediate - will be eternal because of my covenants. In my ward, I serve in the Relief Society presidency. Three other women and I work to strengthen all of the adult women in our ward boundaries. The purpose of Relief Society is to build faith, strengthen families, and provide relief. Through Sunday instruction, weekday meetings, visiting teaching, and regular service at home and abroad, we help others come to Christ. I also visit-teach three women in my ward. I check on them regularly and watch over their physical and spiritual well-being. When one of them was helping her adult daughter move her large family to a neighboring city, I helped her clean her daughter's former house. I listen to them, laugh with them, and love them. My husband and I love to serve in the LDS temple near our home. That service reminds us of our covenants and our goal to become an eternal family.