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Hi I'm Cheryl

I grew up in Australia and joined the Church as a teenager. I am an artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to do calligraphy, portraits, still life, murals, faux finishes and landscapes. I belong to two art associations. I enjoy swimming and walking our local pathways in the summertime. I have a small garden and like to preserve the produce. I love to cook (and eat)! My husband and I met and got married in Hawaii. We have since lived in Utah, Ohio and Florida. We have two grown children and two grandsons.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 12 years old, my mother died of cancer. Even though my protestant minister did his best to provide comfort, I was still left with many questions about life after death. I had been good friends with a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since the 4th grade. During one of our conversations when I was 15 years old, my friend outlined the Lord's Plan of Salvation for me. Instantly the Spirit of God testified to my soul that the words she spoke were true. Many of my questions were answered. I began attending early morning seminary where the youth are taught the doctrines of the Church. I also attended the weekly evening youth program. I felt very much at home. My father and I had a tradition of going for a drive in the country on Sundays. But he could see that I was anxious to attend Church with my friend, so he took on more jobs as a cab driver and we did other activities together. The missionaries taught me. I had never even considered that there was such a thing as an Apostasy and Restoration. I also had never heard of the Pre-Mortal Existence when we lived as spirits with our Heavenly Father and with Jesus. After carefully pondering and praying about these new doctrines the Holy Ghost bore witness of their truthfulness. I began reading the Book of Mormon prayerfully and the Spirit gave me understanding. I began to have a greater testimony of the mission of Jesus Christ. My father would not give me permission to be baptized. He felt I was going through a 'phase' that would soon end and that I should not make such a serious commitment. I left permission slips all over the house in the event that he changed his mind. After I had attended Church for 6 months, he did give his permission. This was 6 weeks before my 16th birthday. I was so happy to become a member of the Church. I was immediately given a calling (job) to produce the weekly church bulletin; perfect job for an artist! I have also served a mission to Sydney Australia.

How I live my faith

My husband and I have just received a call to be full-time stay-at-home missionaries to help members and leaders in our area. We are very excited to serve the Lord full-time. I have been a local part-time missionary, provided a history of our congregation for the last 7 years and taught in our women's organization. I often use my calligraphy to do posters for up-coming events. Serving as a volunteer at our Church's local cannery is one of the fun activities I often participate in. My husband and I also find great joy serving in the Ogden Utah Temple as ordinance workers. I am blessed to have many friendship through participation in "visiting teaching" which means that I visit with a companion, a group of my 'sisters in the Gospel' at least once a month to share a spiritual message and give encouragement and help.