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Hi I'm Sandy

I grew up in the Northwest. I am an administrator. I love hiking, gardening, baking, visiting & helping others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of seven children who are now adults - four sons and three daughters. Five of my children are married. I have fourteen grandchildren - eight grandsons and six granddaughters, and another on the way in May. I enjoy my work, singing, gardening, nature hikes, bicycling, swimming, reading good books, flying kites, listening to classical, jazz, and light rock music, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and quilting. I enjoy watching a good football, basketball, baseball, or hockey game with my family and friends. I like to play a nice friendly game of softball, volleyball, badminton, or ping pong. In the winter time I enjoy rolling up a snowman, sledding, and drinking hot chocolate. Then I like family friendly movies, board games, card games, and jigsaw puzzles with lots of colors in them.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I was active in the Lutheran Church, but also attended many other churches. I was taught the Lord's prayer, meal prayers and bedtime prayers. I loved to read and learn from the Bible. Religion was an important part of my life, but there were many unanswered questions in my heart and mind about various teachings and practices of churches I attended. After visiting an exhibit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I wanted to know more, so I filled out a contact card. Missionaries taught me about the authority of God on the earth - the Priesthood. They talked about the Plan of Salvation, the Apostasy, and the Restoration of the Gospel. They shared the teachings of Jesus Christ and the example he set for us. I was impressed that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has no paid ministry. The Bishop and his counselors are members of the congregation with jobs in the community to support their families. Everyone who serves does so willingly (without pay) as a calling from God. Not only are the missionaries NOT paid to do their work, but they pay their own living expenses as they serve the Lord full time. Missionaries encouraged me to pray to know if the things they taught were true. I prayed, and the Holy Spirit confirmed their teachings to me. I have read the Book of Mormon, another testament of Christ, and know that it is true. That's why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as a "Mormon."

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures every morning. They help me know and remember the Savior. I kneel in prayer and talk to Heavenly Father, addressing Him with respect. I thank Him for blessings, ask for help, mostly for others, according to His will, and seek His guidance in all that I do. I close my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. My day ends as it starts, in prayer. On Sunday I go to church to renew my Baptisimal covenant by partaking of the Sacrament, known in other churches as Holy Communion. I think of how Jesus Christ was born in humble circumstances. I appreciate the example that Jesus set by the way he lived his life in meekness & humility, not judging, but loving, caring, & encouraging everyone to do the right thing, teaching by example as well as by his words. I remember how he suffered in the garden of Gethsemane for the sins of all mankind. I think of how he was betrayed by a kiss, mocked, ridiculed, beaten, spit upon, crowned with thorns, and through it all remained humble, meek, submissive, and forgiving. I shudder as I think of his body being nailed to the cross, yet before he died, he provided for his mother and forgave those who so cruelly tortured him. It brings tears to my eyes when I think of his appearance to Mary as he asked, "why seek ye the living among the dead?" Once a month, I visit women from our congregation to share a message of love and hope. We encourage each other to live righteously as the Savior did. My life is a reflection of my faith.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is the most basic unit of the church. Without our parents we would not exist. Without children, life would cease to exist. We believe that we all lived together as spirit children of our Father in Heaven before we came to this earth, therefore we are all brothers and sisters. We are grateful to our parents for bringing us into this world, taking care of us, and teaching us what we need to know. They provide for us a home, love, values, and opportunities to learn and serve. In turn, when we have children, we cherish them as the spirit children of our Father in Heaven entrusted to our care. We want to provide for them everything that they need to feel loved, cared for, nurtured, and strengthened so that they can learn and grow. We believe that families can be together forever, so we treat our family in a way that will strengthen our bonds of love, not just for this life, but for eternity. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Thomas S Monson is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and he will remain so until he dies or if he ever attempts to lead the Church away from the will of our Father in Heaven. Every year, the Church has two semi-annual Conferences, each of which consists of four sessions (two on Saturday and two on Sunday) that are broadcast throughout the world, plus one session just for the men of the church on Saturday Evening. During each conference, the latter day prophet, President Monson, presides, and at several of those sessions, he addresses the body of the Church. When he speaks, it is with the power of God. He is a man, a lot like my father was, with a great sense of humor, a kind heart, and a sincere desire to help us to know the Savior, follow His example, and keep His commandments. I have seen and heard President Monson speak, and I have read many articles written by him. When he speaks it reaches my heart so that I feel like I have known him all my life. He truly is a prophet, seer and revelator. Show more Show less