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Hi I'm Sherman

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a native of California, having lived nearly my entire life in Northern California. I spent four years at Brigham Young University earning both Bachelors and Masters degrees in accounting. This led to becoming a partner in a CPA/wealth management firm. My wife and I have been happily married for more than 34 years - we have six grown children and 11 grandchildren. I enjoy kite-flying, model railroading, and photography. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am firm in my belief and understanding that we have a Heavenly Father who sent us here to earth and wants us to return again to live with him. To make this possible he sent his son to show us the way and to atone for our sins that we may be prepared to return to Him. Jesus Christ established his gospel and church when he lived upon the earth, and he has reestablished his church today as His second coming approaches. This reestablishment, or restoration, includes the holy priesthood of God and revelation through prophets and apostles. Additional ancient scripture, in the form of the Book of Mormon, has been revealed and is second witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a young man I spent two years in Venezuela as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the years I've worked with the youth of the Church, including serving as an early-morning seminary teacher and a Scoutmaster. In 2008 my wife and I were asked to head up one of the Church's 350 missions worldwide. We left behind our home, business, and family and friends in order to work in Chicago for three years with about 160 young men and young women who are serving full-time missions of 18-24 months. In addition to service in my church, over the past eight years I've been involved in humanitarian work in Peru. Some friends and I have organized medical expeditions to the Andes and developed micro-enterprise projects in Lima, Peru.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Serving our fellowman is both a privilege and blessing. We accept no pay for doing so. I've had wonderful experiences in my varied opportunities to serve. My talents have improved and broadened as I have given talks in church meetings, taught gospel lessons, and given counsel and aid to those in need. My pay, although not monetary, has been bountiful. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe that all people are saved by grace after all that we can do. No matter how good our works are we cannot be perfect enough to return to Heavenly Father without the cleansing atonement of Jesus Christ. At the same time we're required to follow God's commandments and serve our fellowman. God cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, Mormons are not required to serve missions. We deem it a privilege and blessing to do so. I am now serving my second full-time mission. My first mission at age 19 had a more profound impact on my life than any other thing either before or after. Show more Show less

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

Well, I'm not sure my lifestyle is much different than many other good people I meet each day. We strive to live according to the commandments of God. We seek joy and happiness. Following God's commandments is the key to this joy and happiness. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Baptism is a symbol of a person's desire or willingness to follow Jesus Christ. It's like shaking hands with the Savior and saying "I'll do it." Baptism by water and immersion represents a newness in one's life going forward. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

People all over the world are seeking answers to the three great questions – where did I come from, why am I here, where will I go after this life. The reestablished or restored gospel of Jesus Christ answers those questions. When people discover those answers they desire to be baptized in His church. Show more Show less