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Hi I'm Sandra.

I'm a mom, a musician, a photographer and a fan of all things Disney...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Nearly 25 years ago, I was lucky enough to marry my best friend. Together, we have created 5 amazing children. They range in age from 13 to 23 and are the most important people in my life. I am proud to say that I have been a stay-at-home mom, raising my children, for the most part of the past 23 years. Everything I do, I do for my family. Our two oldest children are married and beginning on the journey of creating families of their own. I can't wait to be a grandmother and begin a whole new chapter in my life. Through the years, I have learned to play multiple musical instruments. My favorite, and the one on which I excel, is the violin. I began playing the violin at the age of 6 and it quickly became an important part of my life. When I am sad, frustrated or just needing peace, I turn to my music and can lose myself in the beauty of the melody. The violin has become an extension of myself, one that brings me great joy. My husband calls me a "perpetual volunteer". I love to be involved in the things going on around me, especially if my children are also involved. Volunteer work gives me the opportunity to do worthwhile things while working with incredible people. My favorite pastimes include the many days spent with my family at Disneyland. In my spare time, you might find me perusing my Disney pin trading collection, looking through pictures of past Disney trips, or planning our next Disney vacation. I am a true Disney enthusiast!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but that is not the reason I continue to practice Mormonism. There came a time in my life that I had to decide if I was going to believe the things that my parents had taught me. My childhood home was not a happy one and my experiences there left me with many questions concerning God. I never questioned whether or not there was a God, but I did wonder how He could stand by and watch the horrible things that I had endured as a child. It made me question whether or not He really cared about me. When I was 31 years old, I was recovering from a major surgery and out of boredom more than anything else, I picked up the Book of Mormon and began to read. I had studied from this book my entire life, but this time was different. As I read, I came to know that the people in that book were real, that their message was true. As I began to study and search, ponder and pray, I came to know that God loves me and that I am truly His child. As that truth settled deep into my being, I began to understand the amazing gift that He gave by allowing His Son to suffer and die for me. Through His atonement, He not only gave me the power to repent of my sins, but He made it possible for me to be healed of the pain and heartache that this world offers up so abundantly. For the first time in my life, I felt that it might be possible to heal from the abuse of my childhood and somehow find peace. The love of our Father in Heaven overwhelms me every time I think about it. He sent His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to give His life so that we could overcome the difficulties of this world and live with Him again someday. What greater gift could we be given? It is evidence of His great love for me and you. The teachings of this church bring greater comfort and joy than I have found anywhere else in life. I know them to be true and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have spent the better part of my adult life working with the youth of our church. I love it! Maybe that is because I've never quite grown up myself, but whatever the case, I understand them, I love them, and being with them always brings a smile to my face! I've worked teaching seminary (an hour long class that high school students can take as part of their school day), I've been a youth leader for the 12-18 year old girls in our congregation, and I've served as a summer camp director for the young women, too. Being with these amazing teenagers keeps me young and gives me hope for the future. I am currently serving in my local congregation as a missionary. My responsibilities include providing activities and opportunities for local friends and neighbors to learn more about us as a people and teaching others about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to share my feelings and my testimony with those who are interested in learning about my beliefs. I also love learning about the beliefs of other people. My relationship with my Heavenly Father is very important to me. I study from the scriptures every day and pray as often as I can. I have a deep reverence for God, our Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I try to live my life so that I can feel their guidance each day. My goal is to be instruments in their hands, to perform acts of kindness and service that will help others to feel their love through me.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Sandra.
I believe that the answer to stopping the spread and influence of pornography lies within in our homes and families. As a mother of two teenage boys, this is a topic that has weighed heavily on my mind. My husband and I have tried to be very conscientious about teaching our children the dangers that await them if they allow themselves to be pulled into the web of filth and lies that make up pornography. I believe our greatest defense against this tool of Satan is the scriptures. As we study the words of God and the commandments that He has given us, we find many teachings that will keep us safe if we live them. In 1 Nephi, we are taught that if we hold fast to the word of God, the "temptations and fiery darts of the adversary" cannot overpower us. The word of God can be a sheild of protection against evil. In Ephesians, we read of the "sword of the spirit" which is the word of God. Our knowledge of His word can be a weapon against evil. In 2 Nephi, we are instructed to "feast upon the words of Christ" and they "will tell you all things what ye should do." The scriptures can be our guide. I can't think of a more powerful tool. Our sincere study of the scriptures can be a guide, a weapon and a shield of protection against the evils of Satan. Certainly pornography falls into that category. If parents and families would just spend time each day studying the word of God, I believe we could make great progress towards stopping the spread and influence of pornography. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Sandra.
The word "atonement" means literally "at one". It is the process of bringing two things that have become estranged back together, like an imperfect me and our perfect God. The atonement of Jesus Christ is the thing that makes it possible for us to be reunited with Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, when we leave this life. I'm sure I don't understand the full implications of the atonement, but I know that our Savior, as he hung on the cross and suffered in Gethsemane, made up for all of the imperfections of this world. He made it possible for us to repent and be forgiven of our sins. He made it possible for our bodies to be resurrected in a perfected state. He made it possible for us to be healed from the pain and loneliness and heartache that are a part of this mortal experience. He made it possible for us to overcome every imperfection in this world: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. And He did it because He loves us and wants us to share in everything that He has. We have to do our part and take upon us the covenants that come with sacred ordinances that are available to those striving to keep the commandments. But the glorious reality is that if we are trying our hardest to live the teachings of Jesus, we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father forever. Show more Show less