Hi I'm Sandra
I am a mother of eight children. (Three boys and five girls). I love to read, be in the outdoors, do genealogy, and I do like my personal quiet time. I have 21 grandchildren, at present. They brighten my day. That has been such a blessing in my life and it keeps us busy and young. My mother died several years ago from Alzhiemers. My brothers and sisters learned so much as we served our dear mother and father through this disabling disease. We all found service brought our family closer together. We had the opportunity to serve my dear father. My parents taught me to live my religion and never give up on each other. As I had challenges with my children I kept a quote on my fridge. "The only time you fail in the home is when you give up on each other." I can add to that and say..." Do not give up on "others" whether it be friends, relatives, those around you who are difficult. Pray for them and love them, My husband is a retired teacher and I retired from working with special needs children in the school system and it was my greatest joy to see them develop new skills.
Why I am a Mormon
I have been a Mormon all my life. When I moved away from my family, and raised our children, I saw the blessings that had been mine, all along. I tried to raised my family with the good morals, that were taught to me by my parents. Programs were there to assist teaching our children and supporting us, as a father and mother, husband and wife . Other programs gave values to my young sons and daughters. Especially scouting for my boys. Being away from my family was hard but there were others who were there for us through many of our challenges and trials. I do not know what I would have done without them. I have gained a stronger testimony of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that we are Heavenly Father's children and he loves us and has a plan for us. He wants us to succeed and be happy. He has given us scriptures to help us in our daily challenges and prayer that lets us communicate with Him. I am so thankful for a Prophet who leads and guides us. I am a Mormon because I was born into the church BUT... as I grew I developed my own testimony of the church, I am so thankful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in my life. It helps me to draw closer to my Heavenly Father and gives me hope to live with Him again someday. I am thankful for the knowledge that we can be a Forever Family and death is not the end. We can progress eternally. All of this and much more makes me thankful to be a Mormon.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
I always felt like other members of my family were doing the work. As I got older I found that my father's line only went to the 4th generation. It did not go any further. As I got more involved I actually found the problem and opened up 8 more generations. It was such a blessing and I got to see the family grow. I also saw that genealogy is ongoing. There is never a stopping point. The work is always there to do. It has blessed my life to see the struggles and blessings that my ancestors had in their own lives. My father's line did not leave behind any stories but through my great grandmother's personal family history I could see a story. As I researched the dates and information given in her Personal Family History I knew that they came from Switzerland to Utah. They had 3 children die within 3 months of each other. As I looked online there was a Diptheria outbreak in the Utah Valley. Through other stories that were written by others, I could see the events that made this tragedy so heartbreaking. They had no way to pay for burials and they were facing a disease that others were terrified of also. Many were losing their loved ones. It made me feel such a closeness with them. My ancestors sacrificed so much for me. I am linked to them eternally.
How I live my faith
I have been asked to do many callings in the church. Some of them I felt very inadequate to do. But I accepted them and through these callings I have felt my Heavenly Father teaching and helping me to grow to develop my talents. Being a Mormon brings me joy. I am reminded every day that I need to follow Jesus Christ and serve others. I have found that it is such a blessing in my life. It can be as simple as a smile or a hello, or being patient with someone in the store or on the highway (which can be a challenge). Prayer and scripture reading have helped me through many trials, in raising a family. I always know that my Heavenly Father is there for me. I know he loves ME. I know by the little things that I do every day I can draw nearer to my Heavenly Father. It brightens my day. If you are ever depressed or having a bad day go and visit an elderly shut-in, visit someone in the hospital, reach out beyond yourself. I have found this to be the greatest cure for the "whoa is me" feeling.