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Hi I'm Sandi

I grew up in S. CA, a huge Dodger fan, became a teacher, wife, mom of 6 & Gramma of 7. I'm a quilter & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in CA, loving hopscotch, the Dodgers (especially Sandy Koufax) and the Beatles. I taught myself to sew, eventually making most of my own and my mother's clothes. I majored in education in college, where I met my sweetheart. We were married in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and began an adventure of 38 years, living on both coasts as my husband served in the US Navy. I volunteered in various areas with my children's schools, having the most fun as I served as the band mom for 13 years in their middle school where I organized trips, fundraisers, uniforms and anything else the director asked me to do. I continued to sew for my children and took up quilting, which has become quite a passion. One of my quilts is the one in the picture of my newest grandson (at the time) and myself. Currently I am serving a mission with my husband, missing my family, but blessed with many opportunities to serve others and endeavor to become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

It just makes sense! I have a very common sense approach to life, and everything about the Church is logical to me. I am blessed that many of my ancestors were members from the earliest days of the Church, and from my childhood I have never had any doubts. My father was not a member, and my mother was never actively involved in the Church during my lifetime. Still, I felt drawn to the teachings, and always knew that I had a Heavenly Father and Savior who loved and cared about me, who would answer my prayers and help me in my trials. My faith has always been the simple faith of a child. I do not doubt the Lord's love for us, His plan for us, or that He would love us enough to provide prophets to guide and direct us in our day. I testify that He does want us to be with Him again and as we are obedient to His commandments He will bless us beyond our expectations. My testimony grew immensely with my study of the Book of Mormon when I was 18. I came to know my Savior better, to understand His plan for me, and to feel His love for all of us. I KNOW this book was written for our day, for all of us, and it has continued to provide direction in my life at every turn, and through every trial. Every time I read it I learn something new that is of use in my daily life. I encourage everyone to read the Book of Mormon and ask Heavenly Father to testify to you if it is true or not, of Him or not. I promise He will answer and you need not take my word.

How I live my faith

Currently my husband and I are serving a mission in the Bronx. As we decide to serve missions, we fill out paperwork, get medical and dental examinations, and figure out how much we can afford to spend since we all pay our own way, without support from the Church. Then we submit our papers, and wait to see where the Lord calls us, and what He wants us to be doing. I never dreamed I would be sent to the Bronx, and frankly, it scared me. I'm a small town girl, with little ethnic experience in my life. I never had any desire to go to New York for anything except to see the Statue of Liberty, yet here I am! It takes faith to answer yes to such a call, faith to know that it is from the Lord and will bless your life as you are obedient. We have been serving here just over a year, working with other members of the Church who are new or struggling, doing some teaching of those who are investigating the Mormon Church, and managing a food pantry where food and other necessities are provided to those who are currently unable to meet their own needs. In every single case, I have grown more than I have helped. I have learned that we are all God's children in ways that I could never otherwise have learned. I have met with a gang member who is a two-time felon, and testified of God's love for him without any fear, knowing that what I was telling him was true. I have been humbled by the simple faith of those who have little and give much... In every case, in every calling I've had in the Church, be it as a visiting teacher whose responsiblity is to watch over and serve a few other women, as a teacher in a class, as a leader in one of the organizations of the Church, or as a full time missionary, devoting 18 months to the service of the God I trust and rely on, I have been blessed beyond my greatest imagination. I KNOW God and His Son, Jesus Christ love each and every one of us, and as we serve Them, as we keep the commandments that They have given us, we will find greater peace and joy than we can imagine.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Sandi
As recorded in Matthew, the last thing the Savior instructed His apostles before he ascended to his father was: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt. 28:19-20) With the Restoration of the Gospel, the same commandment was given by the Savior to Joseph Smith. We take it very seriously, and feel a great responsibility to help the Savior with His work. We have great love for the children of the Father, considering everyone our brother or sister. As such, we want all to come unto Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Sandi
Mormon women are as different from each other as any other group of women, yet we are united in our beliefs. We are mountain climbers, executives, construction workers, mothers, wives, single, old, young, interested in reading, sports, quilts and other crafts… We desire to serve. I personally echo the following quote from the wife of one of our prophets, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, who herself was no shrinking violet. "I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." Yes, emphatically I would say that Mormons believe in the equality of men and women. However, that said, let me also say just as emphatically that the roles are not the same, and were not designed by God to be the same. I know this doesn’t fly well in the face of some, but it is our strong belief that whenever and wherever possible, men should be the providers for their families, and women should be in the home as the nurturers and mothers of children. Does this always happen? Of course not, but it remains the standard we shoot for. We have many wonderful women in the Church who are single, divorced or widowed who still find ways to nurture and build up the kingdom while working in every field from business, to medicine to teaching. Men were given the Priesthood of God. This was God’s decision, not Joseph Smith’s, or any of the other prophet’s. It has always been so—just check out the Bible. Women are to be charitable, to bless the lives of others as only they can do. Our prophets value women, and women are in the leading counsels of the Church where their advice is sought. I wouldn’t have my role any other way! Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Sandi
Temples have existed in the Church since ancient times when Moses built the tabernacle after the Exodus. From that time on, only certain people were allowed inside. The temples are sanctified, and are literally the houses of the Lord, built to the best standards possible in order to be worthy of His presence. Indeed, it would be ideal if ALL members of the Church could enter the House of the Lord, and in fact, all who are worthy are invited. We prepare and qualify for a temple recommend by keeping the commandments, and then meeting with our leaders who conduct interviews to determine if we are ready. The ordinances of the temple are not secret, but rather they are sacred. We don’t speak directly about them because of their sacredness. As new temples are built, there is always an open house, where anyone may tour and see everything inside. Many come away feeling the beauty and holiness of the temple. In fact, over the doors of every temple are the words “Holiness to the Lord”. In the Temple we are taught, and we make covenants, or two way promises, between ourselves and God. He sets the terms, and promises blessings if we are obedient. We receive ordinances that enable us to return to live in His presence. Because we believe that God is NOT an partial God, that He wishes for all of his children to return to Him, by proxy these ordinances are also made available to those who have died. Of course we believe that those people still have their agency to choose if they accept the ordinances or not. I have the privilege of serving in the Manhattan Temple each week. There I can shut out the world, and become closer to my Heavenly Father. I can receive answers to questions, I can serve and love others. It is a great honor and blessing in my life. Show more Show less