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Hi I'm Sandra Jean

I was born in Utah and have lived here most of my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married, the mother of six children, and grandmother to two beautiful little girls. My children are all grown and out of the house. My two youngest sons are serving full-time missions for the Mormon church. I work full-time in a busy office. I've had the opportunity to teach others in formal training sessions for my employment, and also in my church life, and have found that I really enjoy it. This is a little surprising to me because I'm not normally one to speak up in a large group. I enjoy quiet moments when I can read, do needle work (counted cross-stitch), or work on scrapbooks. My favorite hobby is hunting for lighthouses. The romanticism and symbolism of the lighthouse has captured my imagination and I hope to be able to see as many as I can. My husband and I have recently visited the West Coast and the Great Lakes in this quest, and we're hoping to visit the East Coast in a few years.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life. My parents were Mormons when I was born, and I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, and baptized a member when I was eight years old. As an adult, I choose to remain a Mormon because I have received a witness in my heart that what I have been taught all my life is true. Being a Mormon is truly a way of life, both physically and spiritually. It encompasses almost everything I do. Choices I make are influenced by my religious beliefs. What I have found is that true happiness and peace in my life have come from following the precepts taught in the Mormon faith. That doesn't mean that I haven't had hardships in my life or that my family hasn't struggled. Life was never meant to be easy and without trials. But it does mean that I have been able to avoid a lot of pitfalls that others have fallen victim to because I have had a spiritual anchor in Jesus Christ. When the trials do come, I am able to face them and learn from them much better because of my faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, teaches us that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us; we have a Savior in Jesus Christ, who gave his life for the sins of mankind so we may return to live with him and our Heavenly Father again after this earthly life ends. We have a Comforter in the Holy Ghost, who can witness to us in our hearts the truth of all things. I have felt that witness. I have prayed to my Heavenly Father and received answers to my prayers. I have felt my mental and spiritual burdens lifted from my shoulders through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know there is life with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ after this earthly life is over. We are taught that no unclean thing that enter God's presence. I want to live a life that is clean and worthy so that I can live with God again. One of the greatest teachings of the Gospel is that families can be together forever. What this means is that family relationships do not just exist here on the earth, but can be continued throughout eternity after our earthly life is over. The continuance of these relationships is dependent upon our faithfulness individually and as a family, and on whether or not we have received the ordinances in this earthly life which seal us together for eternity. Therefore, if I want to continue to have a relationship with my husband and children, with my own parents and siblings, and with future posterity, I need to live my life in accordance with God's will. I need to live worthy to enter the holy Temple and receive the sealing ordinances. I need to also teach my children the importance of these things and they need to do the same with their children. We need to be obedient to God's commandments. We need to seek His will, and do it to the very best of our ability. I believe this with all my heart. My greatest desire is to live with God again, with my family by my side. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the savings ordinances performed in this life will help me to receive this most precious of blessings. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I belong to a local church congregation in which I lead the women's organization. I was asked to do this about seven months ago and I have enjoyed it, but have also struggled with the assignment a little because it is a busy one and my life was already busy. But I have also found it to be very rewarding, especially when I get to visit and talk with so many different women who come from different backgrounds and experiences. I particularly love to visit an elderly woman who will turn 100 years old this summer. She is a delight and inspiration to me of deep commitment to faith and enduring life's challenges well. Our local women's organization has about 105 women in it who try their best to serve and uplift each other, and who also are involved in various humanitarian efforts for people outside of our immediate area. We try to incorporate our motto, "Charity never faileth" in our personal lives as we meet and try to serve others. One of the best ways I know of to live my faith is to teach my children what I believe, and to show them by example what's important to me. I know to truly live what I believe, I must "walk the talk." I must put into action the things that I espouse. It's not always easy, but I know if I continue to try hard, my ability to improve and do better will increase. Faith is an action word. If I believe God answers prayers, then I must show faith by praying to Him. If I believe that service to others is important, then I must render that service---not just talk about it. And if I want my children to do the same, I must lead out and show them how. I think that's the way I can best live my faith. That's what I'm trying to do.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Sandra Jean
In the book of John we read about Christ washing the disciples’ feet. When he attempts to wash Peter’s feet, Peter refuses, saying “Thou shalt never wash my feet.” Christ responds, “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.” Peter then allows him to wash his feet. After washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus says, “Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” This concept of doing the things that Christ did, of serving others both spiritually and temporally, is reiterated multiple times in the scriptures: “Feed my sheep, feed my lambs”; “Go and do thou likewise”; “When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren”; etc. Christ truly taught that we should do the things that He did while here upon the earth. And the things that he did were in service to others–healing the sick, raising the dead, forgiving the sinner, blessing the children, giving peace and comfort. I am not perfect in my service; in fact, I am FAR from it! But knowing that Christ has told us to “do as I have done to you” helps motivate me to be a little more unselfish in my service, and to be more aware of times when I can help others. As I have served others, I have realized the truth of His promise: "Happy are ye if ye do them." Show more Show less