What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Cherilyn

I'm a wife and a mother of three children. I'm a nurse. I have lived in New Delhi, Mexico City, Dubai, and Mumbai. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of 3 children; I'm a registered nurse and the wife of a foreign service officer. We've lived in India, Mexico, and the UAE. I haven't lived in the US for 12 years and have started to see myself as a third-culture adult. I really love living overseas, experiencing so many cultures and food, traveling, and history. If I have a few minutes to myself, I can be found reading a book or exercising. (I suppose reading a book while exercising would be a great compromise, but I've yet to make it work successfully.) I was born in a LDS family and am the 2nd out of 8 children. I attended Brigham Young University and got married at 20 and then transferred to The Catholic University of America to finish my BSN degree. I have worked as a registered nurse for 24 years. I'm finally finishing my masters degree in nursing education. I enjoy caring for patients and being part of a community.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon and gained a testimony through church-service attendance and participating in church youth programs, but my personal conversion happened while I was attending BYU. I was reading the Book of Mormon for a class assignment while sitting in the reading room of the university library. I was reading the commentary by Mormon on a description of money, nothing profound or spiritual, but as I read, I became aware of a feeling of peace and joy that seemed to fill my body. In an instant, I knew what I was reading was true, that the Book of Mormon was not some piece of fiction, but a true account of people who really lived. I immediately turned to the person sitting next to me and exclaimed, while pointing to the book, "This is true!" When she saw what I was reading, she smiled and said, "Yeah. I know." Then the librarian came over to tell me to be quiet and the same conversation was repeated. And then I was asked to leave because I, obviously, couldn't contain my enthusiasm. I have had my prayers answered with such clarity that I cannot doubt that I have a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to be happy and to find joy in our lives. As I have studied the Gospel, I have learned how to apply it to my life, and have seen, over and over, how I have been blessed because of it.

How I live my faith

Because we have a lay ministry at church, there are many opportunities for serving, and I have worked in the church's women's, youth, and children's organizations as a teacher and leader. The beauty of serving in these areas is that I've had to grow as an individual, become more versed in the Gospel, and learn to love a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds. The women's organization focuses on strengthening the faith of the women in the congregation, helping them to strengthen the faith of their families and to be engaged in service. No matter where we have lived, I have seen that the concerns of women are the same: their personal/spiritual development, strengthening their families, and providing for and raising their children. Working with the youth at church is both challenging and rewarding. I love to see when they come to an understand of a Gospel principle and realize how it applies in their lives. And I love to see the youth develop their own relationship with God and come to trust in Him. Growing up and as an adult (other than attending BYU), I have never lived in the company of many members of the church, so I have had numerous opportunities to share my testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ, in both words and actions. I try to live my religion in my attitude and how I interact with everyone.

What is the First Vision?

Cherilyn
The First Vision was a theophany, not a dream. Joseph Smith had gone to a secluded place to pray about questions he had regarding religion as was being taught at that time. When he prayed, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, His son, appeared. Heavenly Father introduced His Son, as He has done to other prophets throughout history, and indicated that Joseph should listen to what Christ would say to him. Joseph was told to join none of the churches that existed at that time. Why would God the Father and Jesus Christ appear to a young boy? Because the church that had been established along with Priesthood authority to act in Christ's name had become corrupted. This experience marked the beginning of the restoration of Jesus Christ's Church to the earth. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Cherilyn
Some people think that being a Mormon is all about restrictions: no coffee, no smoking, no alcohol, no immodest clothing, no swearing, no sex outside of marriage. And looking at the list, it sure can seem that way because the focus in on the "No." But being a Mormon isn't about what you shouldn't do. Rather it is on the freedom of choice and the blessings and continued freedom that come from those choices. Mormons believe that God is a loving father who wants the very best for all His children and that the point of our existence to experience joy. We, all of us who ever have been born or will be born, have infinite potential. With that eternal perspective, this life even with all its trials and tribulations is seen as a marvelous experience and our opportunity to prove ourselves. Show more Show less