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Hi I'm Cindi

I grew up in Bellevue,WA. I teach struggling students in High School. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was recently married to my best friend. We just bought our first new home. Together we enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, boating, wake boarding, anything that has to do with being outside! I'm a teacher at a local high school where I teach students with learning disabilities. I couldn't ask for a better job or better students.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Mormon church before I was born. I was raised in the church. I decided when I was 13 years old that I had better decide if the church was true and if I was going to decide to live it for the rest of my life. I committed to read the Book of Mormon, and pray and ask God if it was true. After reading for a couple of months, I prayed and immediately received my answer. The church was true. I knew it at that moment, I had always known it and I will forever know it. Being a member of the church has allowed me to meet amazing people and have amazing experiences. Opportunities to serve others is the major draw for me. Knowing that I am helping others to feel their Saviors love keeps me strong and coming back week after week.

How I live my faith

At church, I have been asked to work with the girls ages 12-18. I see them on Sundays when we have our lessons, and I get to spend time with them on Wednesdays when we have our weekly activities. These activities can be opportunities for them to have new experiences, learn new skills, or to serve. We've recently served in the community by helping clean up the neighborhood by weeding yards, we learned about photography and we've gone Rock Climbing. The girls are a lot of fun to be with. We are working toward forming lasting relationships that will last our entire lives.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Locally, youth and adults alike serve whenever there is a need. When we recently had a flood in the area, we grabbed tools, boarded buses and helped where ever we could find those in need of help. My parents currently serve as missionaries in one of the church service distribution centers where they make quilts and put together emergency packets. These items are then distributed all around the world in times of disaster. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

New York, in 1830 Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

It is true that Jesus Christ appeared in North America after his resurrection. He came to teach and share with others the same things he taught those in Jerusalem. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon. I love that it teaches that Christ loves all of us. He wants us to all know the truth regardless of where we live, what language we speak or what color our skin. The people in the America's had just as much right to know the truth as those living in Jerusalem. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The church is set up kind of like a school district. Your ward is your assigned school. The Stake is like the School District. You go to church every week with your ward. They become your extended family. The stake leaders tell your ward important information on how things should be run. A branch is a small ward. Branches are common in areas where there are not as many people in the church. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Mormon church provides you with an instant family. The people who you attend church with will reach out to you and become some of your best friends. Going to church on Sundays allows you to get a needed boost to make it through the next week. Going to activities with those you go to church with helps you become better friends. Living the standards of the church helps you to live a full and healthy lifestyle. In short, being a member of the Mormon church makes you happy. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Giving a tithing to the church is something that has been asked since Old Testament times. 10% is a way to give back to the church and to the God that provide so much for us. Show more Show less