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Hi I'm Cherish

I love photography. I play volleyball. I can't get enough of Disney movies. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love being outside and hanging out with friends. I really enjoy meeting new people. My ambition is to double major in history and political science- kind of a geek, I know :) I really love volleyball, acting, painting, and singing. I attended Southern Virginia University. I'm a huge fan of speech and debate and I've been in the FFA. Good times! I love taking pictures and creating things. Writing is a passion of mine and I absolutely love animals!

Why I am a Mormon

You know, I'm a Mormon because I need to be. I've chosen to follow this faith because I've felt that calm reassurance and quiet strength that has led me to believe this gospel is true. Through this gospel I've come to know my Father in Heaven and my Savior in a way that is personal and real. I'm a Mormon because the Book of Mormon is true. I've read and reread that book so many times and each time it's new and electric. I know it is the word of God and that He preserved it to come at this time, for us. I'm a Mormon because I love my Savior and I want to follow Him as closely as I can. He is at the head of this religion and He continues to guide it with His loving hand. I'm a Mormon because nowhere else is there a true prophet called of God who receives revelation for this day and age, just as in old times. This Church has the same structure as that of ancient days and it is so amazing to know that Christ lives and as the scriptures say is "the same yesterday, today, and forever." I'm a Mormon because I love it. I love how involved this religion is and that it uplifts me and demands my attention and action. I'm a Mormon because I need to be. Because I wouldn't want to be anywhere else and because I've been shown the way and this is it.

How I live my faith

I've served in a lot of different callings, starting when I was about 12 in the youth program. I was called as an instructor, teaching the women of my ward. I've directed the music in Sacrament Meeting and was just released as the coordinator of my ward's home evening. I am now serving as a full time missionary in the Canada Halifax Mission! I love sharing the gospel and helping others find the light that I have. Other than that, I strive every day to uplift others and help out whenever I see I'm needed.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Cherish
We believe that families are eternal. They are blessings from God and provide the best stage for us to learn and progress in the teachings of Christ. A home that is centered on Jesus Christ and His gospel is a home that is filled with harmony and happiness because love and peace abide there. The family is the most important unit of all time and eternity. Prophets, past and present, have emphasized their importance because within our families we are taught truth and find a secure support system to live our lives in a way that Heavenly Father can be pleased with. The gospel blesses our families with strength and unity to have tighter relationships and love. Knowing that we're all God's children places us within another family as well that is church-wide. Having that sense of belonging and acceptance is what so many people search for out there. That's what God wants to provide for us and He has! Families last for eternity and are here for our benefit as individuals, to bring us happiness and help us to grow. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Cherish
Joseph Smith was a remarkable person, not only because he was a prophet of God like Moses or Noah, but because of the fact that he was ordinary. At 14 years old, he was struck with the religious confusion that a lot of us face at that critical time and many of us face throughout our teen years! He wanted to follow God, he wanted to do what was right, and he wanted to make sure he was saved- as he had been prompted by all the ministers he knew. He had a question- a point that I never forget because I love to ask questions. Instead of relying on other opinions, he read in the Bible to ask God. Knowing that God is the only person who can answer all questions, he had enough faith to at least try the instructions in the Bible. He had the courage and strength to act on the answer he received. I have so much respect for this prophet because of the sacrifices he made for his faith and how he was able to bring the Book of Mormon into my life. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Cherish
Gordon B. Hinckley, one of my favorite modern-day prophets, has said, "Activity is the genius of the Church." We're busy people and that's exactly how it should be! There are many service opportunities in the Church and as a member, I gladly participate and offer that service without expecting anything back. Belonging to and being part of the Church is an amazing opportunity! In addition to this service, I enjoy daily scripture study and prayer. It helps me to focus throughout the week on the example Christ set for us, not just on Sunday. We live the life of honest citizens of the countries in which we live. We believe in keeping and honoring the law. We don't participate in practices that can impair our judgement or force us to do anything against our will- such as drugs or alcohol. As a Mormon, I believe in being pure in heart and in deed. I'm not perfect and don't expect others to be, but I do try my best to make my actions match my faith and my belief in the Savior. We focus on the family and always strive to strengthen the bonds we have. Family Home Evening is the bomb! It makes Monday evening the dedicated time for learning and growing with your family. Really though, we live life like any other person would. Jobs, school, facebook, food. But most importantly, we're happy! We're happy because we have hope that comes from knowing the truth about Christ and being able to share that truth has got to be the best feeling in the world! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Cherish
It's amazing! I'm not going to sit here and tell everyone that it's always a walk in the park but at the end of the day, it's amazing. There are times when peoples' understanding of what I believe is so wayward it throws me for a loop, but I have a well grounded knowledge of who I am and who I can and will become. I go through trials and adversity, just like everyone else, but through those trying times I know where to receive strength and comfort that will bring me lasting joy and help me grow in the process. Because of the standards we keep, I have confidence, hope, and peace in my life that I can't find anywhere else. We're busy people and that's how it should be! We have so much to give and one of the things we have control over is our time and talents to give in service. At times it gets rough and my perspective is not always the best- what can I say, I'm human! But Mormonism is that foundation that doesn't crack or fall and is always there to build upon. Yeah, we're different, but it's a good kind of different. It's amazing! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Cherish
We believe in Christ and in His role as our Savior. The Bible is a collection of prophetic writings that tell us about Christ and how He lived. It is clear evidence of His divinity and teaches us the history of the world and how the Lord deals with His children. We believe in the Bible because it holds the teachings of Christ and reveals how we can live in order to draw closer to Him. I believe in the Bible because it is true, and as a Mormon, truth is of utmost importance. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Cherish
The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ's Atonement and Resurrection. It compliments and supports the writings in the Bible. The Bible consists of the Old Testament and the New Testament; the Book of Mormon is Another Testament. It is a book that stands as a witness to Christ's divinity and teaches His doctrine. It holds the record of ancient prophets who knew of Jesus Christ and taught His gospel. These ancient prophets recorded the doings of their great civilization living in the American continent and the Lord's dealings with them. It is evidence of the Restoration, that Joseph Smith was really a prophet, and that Jesus Christ was and is God's Son. An honest seeker of truth can find peace in this book and come to know that it is the word of God through sincere study and prayer. That's how I came to know it was true. You don't have to just believe it because we say it. Give it a chance! Take a moment and read the Book of Mormon. I promise you, it's worth it! Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Cherish
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated to helping everyone- regardless of their background. We strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ in all we do, and He was the greatest example of service to everyone without care for who they were or what they did. Since the Church started keeping track in 1985, it has donated more than $1 billion worth of cash and materials to 167 different countries. Not to mention, missionaries in the Church are encouraged to give at least 4 hours of service in the areas they serve. Most of this service reaches those who haven't ever seen a Book of Mormon before! The scriptures tell us that what we do to others, including the poorest and most downtrodden, is a reflection of our relationship with Christ as "when ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I love giving service, and it's ever more gratifying when it is given to someone who doesn't expect it. We wouldn't be very Christian if we just helped ourselves, now would we? Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Cherish
Absolutely! Heavenly Father loves His children. He wants them to know the truth and He wants to guide them. He guides us today, just as He did in times of old, through prophets. It's a marvelous aspect of being part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to see the scriptures come alive through a modern day prophet. The Bible tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I truly believe that. There's nothing like hearing the prophet speak! He and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles speak every 6 months and they broadcast it to the whole world. It's available for everyone to watch on lds.org. Man, I can't wait for General Conference! Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Cherish
A temple is a house of the Lord and as such is a sacred place. It's hallowed ground. We welcome visitors to see the grounds and tour temples before they are dedicated. And what an experience! It's a great way to have your questions answered. But once a temple has been dedicated to the Lord, it becomes a place of revelation and devotion where only those who are worthy and prepared may enter. It's not that it's anything secret- but if you had a priceless porcelain doll that your dear great-great-great-great grandmother had given to you, you wouldn't let just anyone go and play with it, would you? In temples we perform "ordinances" or special acts that unite our families forever, we learn eternal truths, and provide proxy ordinances for people who have passed on without the opportunity to receive them when they lived- these ordinances are our "priceless porcelain doll" and being in a place where the Lord can dwell is a sacred experience and solemn responsibility. Go to the temple. Just go walk around the grounds- I promise, you will feel a difference! Show more Show less