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Hi I'm Cindy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a community outreach specialist for a public schools foundation living in the midwest. I have five kids, four grandchildren and a pug. I'm incredibly busy and although I say I wish I had more quiet time, I know that unless I'm going at mach 10 with my hair on fire, I'm not happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Christian in the Disciples of Christ denomination. My mother took us to church every Sunday. Although casual attire was acceptable in our congregation, she always taught me to dress well for the Lord and to give Him my best. When I married and moved back East, I met some Mormons. They were amazing people who lived their religion 24/7---not just on Sundays. I discovered there was a living prophet on the earth today. That rang so true to me! There have always been prophets on the earth. Surely God didn't love us any less than those of his children in the days of Moses or Noah! And surely, we, at this time in history, needed a prophet more than ever. I also had confirmed to me something that I always knew was true. God, our Eternal Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, were three distinct beings! I could never fully justify the teachings of my youth that said they were one person who worked as three beings. This is witnessed at Christ's baptism, at his crucifixion and other places in the scriptures. Then, when I heard that God and Jesus Christ had appeared to Joseph Smith, a young, uneduated 14-year old boy, I knew that we were not alone and that God knew us by name. I read the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, and learned of the history of those in ancient Central America who prophesied the coming of Christ and recorded his visit to them after his resurrection. My husband and I were baptized into the Church in our late twenties and have been blessed immeasurably.

How I live my faith

Simply, really. I try to teach my children the best I can, by example mostly, to pray, have faith, and to love God by paying tithes, respecting the Sabbath Day, reaching out to those in need, being kind, and being a responsible, productive citizen. I love the scriptures and find such comfort in studying and searching them out. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fall way short. But those times when I fall short make me even more grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ---because I can be forgiven for my mistakes and start over, trying a little harder to be a little better.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Before I found out about the church, I thought Mormons were "odd" folks, wearing bonnets or driving buggies. Then I moved next door to a Mormon and became employed by an LDS man. (Latter Day Saint). As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we live just like most people. I joined the church when I was 25 so I have both "lifestyles" to compare it to! We dress just like anyone else but you might notice that we dress modestly. We try to respect our bodies by not dressing in revealing clothing --basically that means avoiding things like skimpy tank tops or mini-skirts. That is particularly comforting to my husband, the father of two beautiful girls! We celebrate all holidays although all members are individuals and may celebrate in different ways. I have a mormon friend who doesn't like to particularly celebrate Halloween for her own reasons but it's my daughter's most favorite holiday! Of course, Christmas and Easter are particularly favorite holidays for mormons, as we celebrate the birth and resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ. As a member of the church, one way I celebrate holidays differently than the way I grew up is that we don't have alcohol at our holiday dinners or barbeques. Other than that, it's just about exactly the same! Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are eternal. It is the core of God's plan and after the pattern in Heaven. Isn't it wonderful to know that we can be with our children for eternity! When my mom passed away three years ago, what comfort I had in knowing where she was and that I would see her again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Eternal Father in Heaven. He is the Firstborn sent to this earth to atone for our sins through His sacrifice. He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Through him, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. Born of Mary, in Bethlehem, a humble birth, He is my elder Brother--the King of Kings. I love Him and worship Him with all of my heart. He is my exemplar of all that I must try to do and be in this life. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

You know, I'm still trying to figure that one out. I guess it's because they know nothing about the church or the members. Maybe they read crazy stuff on the internet? A cult is a group of people who follow one person so I guess any one who is a follower of Jesus Christ could be considered a cult. But I would never consider myself as part of a cult. I'm pretty stubborn and a very strong-willed, independent thinker. But I sure love this Gospel. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. We worship God and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We love and revere Joseph Smith for his role as a prophet of God just as we love, adore and revere, Moses, Noah, Abraham, and other prophets of old, as well as our current living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. But we do not worship them. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Study it out. Do what I did! Get to know your Mormon neighbors. Ask them what they believe and why. Visit a worship service. Most importantly, read the Book of Mormon. It is the most interesting and amazing book of history and full of gospel principles and teachings of Jesus Christ. It's a companion to the Holy Bible that can be cross-referenced and studied. Then, pray--sincerely. Ask God if it's true. He will answer you by the power of the Holy Ghost. listen to those sweet feelings that whisper truth to your spirit and to your mind. You will have that wonderful, good, warm feeling you get when you know something is right. For me, it's the same feeling I get when I see my children do something good. As you change your life in accordance with God's commandments, you will feel the influence of the Holy Ghost grow in your life. If you've felt peace, hope, comfort and happiness as you've read and studied, you've already felt the Holy Ghost witness to you of its truth. Show more Show less