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Hi I'm Cynthia Rakes Bowden

I'm a mom, an editor, and a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After searching for two years to find the true church, Mormon missionaries visited my house and shared the message of the Restoration with me and my family. I was baptized shortly thereafter. I eventually went to BYU, received a degree in English, was married and divorced, and raised five beautiful children. I currently work in the corporate communications department of a company that specializes in papercrafting.

Why I am a Mormon

As I grew into adulthood, I thought a great deal about life--about where we came from, why we were here, and where we were going. I also considered my mortality--and was concerned that at death I might return to a God whom I might not be sufficiently worthy to meet. I was uncomfortable about the interview that I thought might ensue, and realized very clearly that I was unprepared. I began looking earnestly for a true Church that had the power and authority to make me clean--so that, if worthy and faithful, I could happily return to this unknown God. As I learned more from the missionaries, I discovered that God was literally my Father, that I could return to Him through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and that I could live with other family members forever and be sealed to them--if we accepted the gospel and lived to be worthy of such a blessing.

How I live my faith

I have served in our organizations for children and women, mostly as a teacher. I have received many blessings as I have participated in Church activities and accepted callings which I initially thought were beyond my ability. I discovered that "whom the Lord calls, He qualifies." Probably my greatest blessings have come as I have served as a visiting teacher, providing monthly visits and a spiritual message to sisters in our ward.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Cynthia Rakes Bowden
We need a Savior to shepherd us and be our Friend throughout our mortal lives, to give us an image of our Heavenly Father's perfection, and make it possible for us to receive forgiveness and complete healing from the mistakes we inevitably make -- through the Atonement. More than anything, I think He would want to be known as our best friend and brother, but He is also the only means by which we might attain salvation and regain the presence of our Heavenly Father. He showed His love for us through his willingness to atone for our sins--a process which was unspeakably painful for Him. All He asks from us in return, if we say that we love Him, is that we keep His commandments. Show more Show less