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Hi I'm Cheryl

I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, retired worker and seeker of truth and knowledge. I love adventure and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Ohio. When I was almost 10 years old my family moved to Japan with the military and spent three years there. From then on we moved about every three years. Consequently I’ve lived in three foreign countries and six different states in the United States. I have a great appreciation for diversity and a deep love for this great country. I love learning and knowledge as I proved by going to college off and on for 39 years and earning my bachelors’ degree at the tender age of 57. After a divorce, I spent eight years as a single parent. This was a period of time when I learned that I can always rely on the Lord to help me through any adversity. This was a learning process but I learned it!! I look back on that time with happy nostalgia because my faith helped me to enjoy that time with my young sons rather than be consumed by fear and bitterness. Now I have a wonderful husband who I adore; my two wonderful sons are grown and have given me five perfect grandchildren. I have a Father in Heaven who is God who I know loves me and knows and understands everything about me, and answers my prayers. Out of all the knowledge that is available on this earth, I believe this is the greatest knowledge anyone can have.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was very young, I had this vague notion that there was a very important purpose to my life that I needed to find. I didn't dwell on this all the time but the idea returned to me many times as I grew. Each time it impressed itself more deeply upon my mind. When I was in my early 20s I became passionate about seeking truth and finding the purpose of life. I began a serious quest to discover this. I tried being more dedicated to the church I was attending and, at the same time, read about different religions. But there was always this vague feeling that something was missing. I read everything I could find on spirituality, religion, and many other seemingly related subjects. Sometimes I would come across something that I would believe was the answer. But after awhile I was left with the same feeling of emptiness and knew my quest was not over. In the mean time - my youngest sister and my mother joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and my Mother began teaching me the doctrine of this church. I was an adult, not a child, at this time, and for some reason I felt like the answer could not come from my Mother!! It was probably some psychological stage of progression phenomenon that caused me to not accept the things she said because I wanted to find my own answer. But I remember when she gave me a pamphlet telling the story of Joseph Smith's vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ, something lit up inside me and I wished it was true. From then on I pondered more deeply the things she told me. I began to feel something I hadn't felt before concerning my quest. Peace. One day I was alone in my house and my mind was suddenly filled with the sweet assurance that my quest was over, I need look no further, I had arrived at the truth. All I needed to know about the purpose of life I would find in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving each day to obey all the commandments of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. I pray every morning and evening to my Father in Heaven for direction and help overcoming my personal weaknesses and I study scriptures every day so that I will never stop learning from them. I try to be observant of the needs of those around me so that I can help relieve the sufferings and anxieties of others. It's a way of paying forward all the times people have done that for me. I try to share the truth of the Gospel with others so that everyone can have the peace of knowing they are loved and watched over by our loving Father in Heaven. I serve in my church and donate my time and what abilities I have to show gratitude to my Father in Heaven for all he has given me. One of the ways I do that is to teach a Sunday School class each week consisting of people who are new in our church or just curious about our religion and want to know more. We love having visitors!! I love doing this because it embeds my testimony more deeply into my soul each time I share the wonderful truth of the gospel.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormon's don't worship Joseph Smith but we do love and revere him. Joseph really was a prophet of God and through him our Father in Heaven gave us as individuals the true way to have eternal life. Joseph had nothing personal to gain by declaring that he saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. He never had worldly acclaim. He never made any money off of it. Instead he was ridiculed, persecuted and he and his people were driven out of three states under very painful circumstances and Joseph was chased, imprisoned, beaten and tarred and feathered. Then he and his brother Hyrum were murdered. He was a true martyr. That is why we love and revere him, because what we have now in the way of truth about the purpose of life and the true nature of God is due to his sacrifice. We worship God the eternal Father and his son Jesus Christ the way Joseph taught us to do. And we love and revere Joseph for his sacrifice. Show more Show less