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Hi I'm Sherry

I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Utah to attend BYU. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I was raised in Minnesota and moved to Utah when I was 19 where I met my future husband at BYU (Brigham Young University). We now have 7 children and 26 grandchildren. After raising my children for 20 years, I went back to school and became a Special Education teacher at the age of 48. I taught junior high students (ages 13-15) in the public school system for 15 years and then taught in a charter school (grades K-8) for the final 2 years of my career. I have been retired for about a year now. I am a quilter and I love to read. My husband and I enjoy gardening (flowers as well as fruits and vegetables). I also enjoy working on family history and genealogy. My family roots go back to England, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and Holland. My husband and I will soon be leaving our home in Utah, to serve a mission in Germany for our church.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were introduced to, and joined, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Minnesota when I was just 3 years old. I had 2 older brothers and 1 younger sister. Eight years and 3 children later, my parents took our family to Salt Lake City, Utah, where we entered the holy temple to be sealed for eternity. It is our (and my) belief that we lived with God (our Eternal Father) before we came to this Earth, and that we can live with Him and with our Earthly family again after we pass from this Earth. It is in the holy temples of God that we can have this ordinance performed to be "sealed" together forever. Because of my parents' faith, I was given the gift of a knowledge of this Gospel from an early age. I know in my heart that it is God's restored church on the Earth. The first time I recognized that God answers prayers, I was 16 years old. My little brother had a terrible earache and could not sleep. As we knelt beside the bed to ask Heavenly Father to relieve him of this pain, I silently asked God to, if it were necessary, give me the pain so that my brother could sleep. I immediately got the earache and my brother fell asleep. I have learned to rely on prayer since that experience. I may not always receive immediate answers to my prayers, but I know my prayers are heard and that, in God's due time, they will be answered. I am now much older. I have 7 children and 26 grandchildren. I was a Special Education teacher for 17 years and know of the struggles that children with disabilities and their parents have. Knowing that God loves all His children and that Learning Disabled children are special to Him and have a purpose on this Earth. I am a member of this church because I believe all that it teaches. My heart feels peace and joy when I am in the temple. I know that my grandson who passed away last year still lives and is carrying on a great work on the other side of the veil. I testify that God and His son, Jesus Christ, live and love us.

How I live my faith

Music has always been one of my passions. In church I have lead the music as a chorister since I was just 12 years old. My family has always enjoyed singing together. Through the years I have held many teaching positions within my church. I've taught children, youth, and adults. For 5 years I was the president of an organization for disabled young women. Besides weekly religious lessons, we provided dances, banquets, activities, and even camping. Service to my family, friends, and community is how I show my love for them and for the Savior. I will be His hands as long as I am able.

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

As I said in my profile, I was 11 when my family went to the temple. My parents were sealed, meaning that their marriage was sealed, not only for this life, but for the eternities. Then, we 7 children were sealed to them for eternity as a family unit. My husband and I were married and sealed in the Manti, Utah, Temple, so all of our children were sealed to us automatically (called "in the covenant") at that time, before any of them were even born. In fact, after my parents were sealed to each other and then we were sealed to them, they later had one more child who was then born already "in the covenant". They named her Faith - very appropriate! Show more Show less