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 Sheri

My cinnamon rolls are world famous, I completed a triathlon at age 49, I'm mother of ten children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our family likes to say my cinnamon rolls are world famous because our oldest son served a mission to the Czech Republic and he made rolls there. Now we have a son serving a mission in Mexico City, and he's made them too. We have three more sons planning to serve missions, so my cinnamon roll recipe has the potential to go far! We have four married daughters who are into fitness and races. They all supported and encouraged me to train for a triathlon. I did the summer I was 49. It was a half-mile (0.8km) swim, 11.5 miles(18.5km) bike ride and 3.3 miles (5.3km) of running. I didn't set any time records to be sure. With the help of my family cheering me on I was glad to be able to finish. Our family's love and sustaining influence is a strong force in my life. Ten children take much work, but it also brings much joy. We didn't really plan to have this many children. My husband and I just took them one at a time. We actually had 12 children but two died as babies. Our first one, a boy, only lived 5 hours and then our eleventh one, a girl, was stillborn at 20 weeks along. I tell people I have ten, because the other two are being taken care of in heaven. I also don't want people to feel uncomfortable when I mention deceased babies. Having faith in Jesus Christ and knowing of our Heavenly Father's plan gave us comfort and strength to find peace with the death of our children and other loved ones.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. As a little girl I did not question the faith of my parents or grandparents. It just was. As a teenager I began to understand more. My older siblings were strong in gospel activity. I admired them and wanted to be like them. I also had inspirational leaders and teachers during my youth that encouraged gospel learning and developing my own testimony. I think the pivotal moment for me came when I was a sophomore in college. I was considering marriage. Before making such an important life step I felt I needed to know my standing before God. I prayed very diligently. I went on long walks. While reading in the Book of Mormon one day I came across a verse in Alma 7, that seemed to be written just for me. I knew that I was a valued daughter of God. I knew that I had a Savior who atoned for my sins. I knew that I really could return to my Heavenly Father. I knew that all of those years growing up in the church were real, that I had been taught truth. I knew that Christ's church really was on the earth and that I was part of it. It was a quiet but very powerful moment in my life. I have had many other quiet moments since that continue to strengthen and build my testimony. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and is aware of me. He hears my prayers. I'm thankful every day for a Savior who loves us so much that He atoned for our sins and gave His life so we can find happiness and the way back to our heavenly home. My life has meaning and purpose because of this knowledge.

How I live my faith

I can't imagine a day of my life without the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's who I am. Being a member of this church isn't something I put on a shelf and just take down on Sundays or at other special events. Following Christ is a daily mission, a lifelong pursuit. Each day I pray, read my scriptures and try to listen to the Holy Ghost. When I do those things I feel a lift. I feel guidance. I feel my Heavenly Father close to me. I like to share with others the joy the gospel of Christ brings in my life. Recently I have learned one way of sharing Christ's love and that is through family history research. I serve in our ward as a Family History consultant. I help others learn how to do this research. The church provides so many good tools for this. To me, this research magnifies the importance of each individual to our Heavenly Father. He remembers all of His children from any time. He knows our names. He wants all of His children to have the opportunity to know the gospel. I feel a greater appreciation for my ancestors and what they did for me personally.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Sheri
I love the chorus of a children's song "God gave us families to help us become what he wants us to be. This is how He shares His love, for the family is of God." We learn so many important lessons in families. We learn to be more Christ-like as we give of ourselves to those we love more than ourself. Patience, pure love, meekness, kindness, all of those types of characteristics are more easily developed in a family setting than anywhere else. Heavenly Father is literally our Father. The Father of our spirits. We lived with Him before we came to earth. We wanted to come back to Him after we had proven ourselves on earth. It is kind of like going off to college and earning a degree. Heavenly Father knew we would have difficulties and sin. So He provided a Savior, who also loves us. As we strive on earth to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and improve ourselves we know we can eventually live forever as families with God. Show more Show less