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Hi I'm Cindy

I'm a wife, mom, family history enthusiast, musician, poet, & artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily serving as a full-time missionary in Western Pennsylvania with my husband of nearly five years. I enjoy working on family history, growing and preserving food, music, reading, walking and family activities together. I was married previously and have five children, and my husband and his first wife had ten. So, together my husband and I try to keep track of fifteen children, thirteen of whom are living, and 27 grandchildren. Together we have about 83 years of marriage experience between us. Back home I have a yard full of berries and fruits that I tend in my spare time, with the help of my family, and a big vegetable garden. A garden brings me a measure of peace and contentment that's worth every effort. I write a lot, from poetry, music and other art works to journals. Maybe someday there will be a book. I spend a lot of time working on family history; learning about the lives of those related to me provides an endless source of fascination. I love to connect related family lines, extending them as far as possible in all directions. Now and then I find out that I am related to a friend. Helping others to find out about their own families is deeply satisfying to me. I have dreams of publishing my writings, of traveling to India and Africa, and developing my art and music to bless the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

Prior to my family's joining the Mormon church, I attended many different churches with my parents. They wanted to find a church they could really put their faith and efforts into, but it was a difficult task. They could not find what they were looking for. Then some great neighbors moved in. They were just nice people; we children played together, and our mothers and fathers enjoyed visiting too. One day they invited my brother and me to go to church. I will always remember the first Mormon meeting I attended. I was almost seven years old. It was a children's meeting, on a Wednesday afternoon. A nice lady taught us the most beautiful song I had ever heard, all about our world and God's love for us, found in the song of birds, the fragrance of flowers, all things I really tuned in to. I felt so happy while she was teaching the song - but she only taught half of it; she said we would have to come back the following week to learn the rest. I told my mother when I went home that I HAD to go back. I think part of me was afraid she wouldn't let me go. But she did, and pretty soon she wanted to come too. Soon, our whole family was attending, and within a short time our family joined the church. Our lives changed for the better. My mother described her conversion as having the fog of confusing doctrines lift in the clear, simple teachings of the missionaries. I have thought a lot lately about a teacher who taught me back in those early days. She was an elderly widow, and so full of love. I felt her love for me, I felt her love for Jesus, and it has stayed with me all these years. It has helped my faith stay strong through many trials: the death of a brother, the trials of a difficult marriage and devastating divorce, with loneliness, disappointment, frustration and sorrow. It has helped my faith stay true in spite of distracting influences. It has helped me teach my children more patiently, endure challenges more gracefully, and lift my sights a little higher.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily effort, requiring daily study, prayer and diligence. I love the feeling of peace and growth that comes from giving my best and serving those around me. Serving as a full-time missionary is a dream I have had for a long time, and now it is something I get to do every day for two years. I also live my faith in the various responsibilities and opportunities I have in my church congregation, but these are second to my personal efforts. I help as needed with musical accompaniment for meetings, and teach others about family history work and indexing historical records. In the past I have served by playing the organ for our Sunday meetings, teaching in the women's auxiliary organization, or helping to organize humanitarian service opportunities for local church members. My husband and I visit several families each a month, checking on their needs and helping link them to our local congregation. Sometimes we just help out as needed. My faith gives me patience with stressful situations, it helps me feel happier, more loved and stronger in my many responsibilities.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. There may be slight differences in terminology from other faiths, but we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, individually and collectively. We strive to live the Gospel plan, because this is how we develop our faith and obedience, how we show our love to God, and because we know it leads to happiness individually and in families - but we admit we are as imperfect as anyone. Not one person on Earth is good enough to get to Heaven alone; we are all dependent on the magnificent love, fathomless commitment and pristine obedience of our Lord Jesus Christ. How grateful I am for Him, and for the precious revealed doctrines - from the simplest and most basic commandment to love one another to the the tenderest, most intricate beauty of temple ordinances! How grateful I am for the Love that encompasses it all! Without Jesus Christ, no happiness, no progress, no hope would be possible. With him, all happiness, all progress, all hope and joy are not only possible, but everpresent through His strength, and by virtue of His Atonement, his sacrifice, love and willingness to suffer for us. He most lovingly and assuredly empowers us, through our faith, when our own strength is insufficient. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

One of my earliest memories is of my mother teaching me to pray when I was very small, maybe three years old. I knew she loved me, and because of that I knew we were praying to someone real. The love of family - especially in times of trial - is clear evidence to me of the existence of God. From my earliest days I have also felt the love of God in the beauty of nature. Even though I am so busy, I find great joy in taking care of animals and a garden. Besides the obvious health benefits, I feel more connected to God through these things; they bring me peace. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Contact the nearest meeting facility on a Sunday morning or afternoon. You can locate the nearest facility through the meetinghouse locator on mormon.org. On first Sunday in April or October there are general conference meetings broadcast from Salt Lake City, and not all meetinghouses will be in use, but on the other Sundays there will be church members there who can help you know where to go and what to do. When you arrive, ask for the bishop or one of his counselors, or ask for the missionaries' contact information. The missionaries will help you learn more about what to do. It may not be easy, but please know - my love, and more importantly, God's love, goes with you. You are loved and valued by God beyond anything you have ever found in this world, no matter where your life's path has taken you, or what circumstances you find yourself in. Don't let your fears or anyone's attitude discourage you. God wants you to come to Him, and will place people in your path who can help you, as you patiently and sincerely seek him. I know this is true. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The priesthood is a role that God has given to men, similar to the role of motherhood given to women. How many men can actually carry a child within their bodies or give birth? None. There are women who are not wives or mothers, but every woman has thought about her capability to bear children - it is part of being a woman. While they may be underrepresented in the most visible leadership positions, women overwhelmingly control the next generation's attitude, faith, and strength, and how they will develop our society and their own families. This is a tremendous responsibility, one that is sometimes underestimated. Many women lead in good works in the Church and in the community as well as at home, and women lead the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations in the Church, under the direction of the prophet. A woman supports her husband and other family members as well as her church leaders in their priesthood responsibilities. Ideally, she is also assisted in by men her responsibilities in the care and nurture of her family and home, in her education, her work beyond the family, and the development of her talents. The more unity and respect men and women have for each other, the better their home life and family life can be, and the greater good they can do in the Church and the community. This unity and respect extend to the operation of the Church itself. Together, men and women complement one another in the carrying forth of the values and faith we cherish. Show more Show less