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Hi I'm Cindy

Mother of four, grandma, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of five adult children, a grandmother and a Mormon. In addition to Mormons, my progenitors include Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and Jews. Presently, I'm finishing a degree in elementary/middle school education toward endorsements in science, social studies, foreign language and English. I'm currently a special education paraprofessional at our local high school, but the administration is very supportive of my plan to become a licensed teacher. I've been married and divorced several times...yes, such tragedies also happen to faithful Mormons and other Christians. But there are some circumstances in which divorce is necessary to protect children. Happily, later in life I found a decent man who worked pretty hard to convince me I needed a husband. I knew his folks really well. And we grew up across the fence from one another. Most men would have given up on me, but he patiently waited for me to come around. Our life together isn't without challenges, but we fall asleep at night hand-in-hand. My interests include family history, humor writing, photography, current events, the sciences, travel and helping others. In addition to personal tragedies, I've experienced my share of side-splitting situations.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents took me to various kinds of churches. But the only one where I felt at home was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What I learned there felt familiar, right to me. As I studied the Book of Mormon, joy filled my heart at the realization that this was the other witness to the reality that Jesus Christ lives. No more can the world dismiss Christianity as a fairy tale because prophets taught the people of both hemispheres that there is a God, the same who sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from our sins, heal our remorse and show us the way to peace of conscience. Because of the Book of Mormon, I know that God wants us to have joy.

How I live my faith

Out here in Minnesota, it's nothing to drive an hour to meet the other sisters that we visit each month. It's nothing to drive an hour to church each Sunday. My Visiting Teacher drove an hour just to take me to lunch for my birthday. We love and care for one another, even though it can be a sweet sacrifice at times. Recently I was called to be our ward's Home Storage Coordinator, which was a sweet sacrifice because my husband was unemployed at the time. How we needed that blessing of service to feel like we could ask the Lord to help us! On Sundays, since we're an hour from home and the last meeting dismisses at 1 pm, we are sometimes tempted to eat out. But our home teacher and my visiting teachers invite us into their home for a simple meal so that we don't have to wait until after 2 pm to have Sunday lunch. Other friends have also had us over for a simple meal. We feel greatly loved when others provide such small but needed kindnesses and know that when we serve others we're doing as Jesus would if He were present. Many times I've noticed that we meet each other's needs by small but miraculous means. Through the Holy Ghost we can know of an unmet need and quickly respond. In this way, we become more like Christ who loved unconditionally and served even though--and maybe perhaps because--it was inconvenient. He went out of His way to bless others' lives, and we should be prepared and willing to do likewise.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

In Genesis 5:1 we learn that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him. Jeremiah taught that God knew him (and therefore all of us) before we were born: "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee." In Exodus 24:10 we learn that Moses and over 70 men saw God in enough detail to see His feet. Then they ate and drank with Him. In Psalms 82, we read that we are gods and children of the Most High. Jesus affirmed this when he said "Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" In Romans, we read that the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Christ taught "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." We are, in short, created like our Father and are expected to progress and grow even more like Him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We don't worship Joseph Smith, Moses, Isaiah or any prophet. We only worship God the Eternal Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Perhaps some of this confusion arises from a favorite hymn, We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet. The entire hymn praises God for sending again a prophet in our day. Some may misunderstand it and think we're singing a hymn to a prophet instead of singing a hymn thanking God for a prophet. Show more Show less