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Hi I'm Cheryl

I am a retired Elementary School teacher and mother of two. I have been blessed to be a Mormon all of my life.

About Me

I am the oldest of 8 children. I was born in Utah, but grew up all over the US. My father was a college professor who moved into the private sector as our family grew. As a result I have lived in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, and Oregon. I have met people of all different walks of life and have had many experiences that have built my faith in Jesus Christ. I was married at the age of 26- which seemed pretty old to me at the time- to a wonderful returned missionary in the Los Angles Temple. My husband and I were blessed with 2 beautiful children, a boy and a girl. Only 4 weeks after my first child was born, my pancreas ruptured and I was not expected to live. Through wonderful blessings from the Lord, I survived and was blessed with my second child. I have faced many health challenges over the last 25 years, but I have been blessed by a loving Father in Heaven with many miracles. I love my family and we love spending time together. My children are in their early 20s now and we still enjoy traveling, music, mountains, and the beach. I love to cook and experiment with new recipes I discover on the Food Network. I also love photography and have visited lots of interesting places like Yosemite, Monterey, San Francisco, Crater Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Crescent City. Our family's favorite place to travel to AND photograph is Disneyland. We have built a lifetime of memories there and we are all truly addicted to family fun there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon and have been active all of my life. That doesn't mean, however, that I never questioned my faith. When I was 22 and away at college, my faith was shaken a bit because of some issues I had with a roommate. I questioned whether or not the Church was true and if I was only a member because I had been raised as one. A dear friend challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and EARNESTLY ponder it. He challenged me to test Moroni's promise found in Moroni 10:4-5 And so, I did. The experience changed my life. I STUDIED the Book of Mormon and I pondered it. I spent more time on my knees than ever before. I spent time LISTENING for an answer to my question. It didn't come easily. It didn't come quickly, but it DID come. I will never forget that night. I was praying, as I did every night, only this time when I listened for an answer, it came. I felt the Holy Ghost bearing witness that the Book of Mormon was true. It was an overwhelmingly strong sensation in my chest...a warmth that spread all over me, comforted me and took away all doubt. I could not hold back my tears. For the first time in my life, I had a sure knowledge that the Book of Mormon was true. And the knowledge was MINE- given to me directly from my Father in Heaven through the Holy Ghost. My faith was cemented that night so long ago. I knew the truth and it was God-given and I will never deny it. That would be impossible. This knowledge has given me strength, understanding, courage, and comfort.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily by studying the Bible and other scriptures. I recently decided that I can be perfect with this goal- to NEVER miss a night. So far, I haven't missed a night in over 5 months. I wanted to show God my dedication to knowing Him better. I also pray daily- OFTEN. I find that by talking to my Heavenly Father frequently, I recognize the Spirit whispering to me throughout the day. I serve as a Primary Teacher (similar to a children's Sunday School) to the 8 and 9 year olds at Church. This year we have been learning the stories of the Old Testament. I love the enthusiasm of the children that I teach. They ask GREAT questions are so eager to learn about the Lord. I am also a Visiting Teacher. This means that I visit other women from the Church, bringing them a Gospel-centered message and being a good friend. This has enriched my life in so many ways. I have made lifelong friends and been given opportunities to serve others in times of need. My husband and I also volunteer time serving with the Cub Scout organization. This is probably one of the most fun things with which I have been involved. The Cubs learn so much and it has been great to watch them mature and move on to Boy Scouts, many of them becoming Eagle Scouts. I always try to let my life, my actions, and my attitudes be examples of a true disciple of Christ. I believe that His life's example of love and service is the best- and happiest way to live life.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God, His Only Begotten. We believe that He lived on this Earth, was completely sinless, and died for all of God's children. He suffered for all of our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and thus performed the Infinite Atonement. He then allowed Himself to be crucified and die. He was resurrected 3 days later and because He rose, we too will be resurrected. We believe that Christ will come again to the Earth to rule and reign. He is the ultimate Judge of all mankind and our loving Elder Brother. Show more Show less