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Hi I'm Cindy

I am a 4th generation Californian and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married 27 years and we have 5 children. I love being with family, traveling, a daily walk, water skiing, and snow skiing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into the church on my 18th birthday. At the age of 16 years old I started to ask questions about religion and in particular what is this life for, and why we were here. I made it a matter of prayer and started asking my parents, friends, and even had my father set up a meeting with a priest to ask my questions. Everyone was very nice and tried to help but they didn't seem to have answers. I kept praying and started reading from the Bible. Eventually an aunt of mine who was an active Mormon heard about my questions and with the permission of my parents had me talk to a Mormon bishop who had the same religious background that I did. For about an hour and a half he taught me about the Plan of Salvation (Why we are here). It was thrilling. He answered everyone of my questions and introduced a new book to me the Book of Mormon. Within the week I started meeting with the Mormon Missionaries and was taught about the restoration of the Gospel and more about the pivotal role that Jesus Christ has in this glorious Plan of Salvation. I received a copy of the Book of Mormon and started to read it that very night. The spirit bore witness to me that what I was being taught was true and that I should continue. I was able to go to church with my aunt's family and new friends but could not join the Mormon Church until I was 18 years old. My parents asked me to wait and continue to learn and study. When they married in my father's church they signed a paper saying they would raise their children in that church until the age of 18. I felt it was important to honor my father so I continued to study, pray, and attend church until on my 18th birthday I was allowed to be baptized into the Mormon church. That was 36 years ago.

How I live my faith

Living my faith I guess has a lot to do with the opportunity to participate in serving in the church by offering service, talents, time, and tithes. My last service or what's known as (a calling) was teaching 22-15 year old students the gospel each morning at 6:35 a.m. The students bring such a wonderful energy and spirit each morning and the preparation for each lesson was a blessing in my life. The teacher always gets more than the students from the lesson. The personal study was wonderful.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Cindy
There is a quote from one of our prophets that says "Every member a Missionary". All members are asked to share the glorious good news of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our friends, neighbors, family, etc.  Serving a full time mission is only required of young men in the church between the ages of 19 - 25 years old. They have been called by the prophet of the Lord to set aside 24 months of their lives to serve where the Lord calls them. They put aside school, jobs, girl friends, family, etc. and devote their lives to serving the Lord as a full time missionary focused on sharing the gospel. However, senior couples and young women over the age of 21 can serve full time missions. When I was 23 years old I had a great desire to serve a mission. I was able to serve in the Little Rock, Arkansas mission. It was one of the most meaningful experiences I have ever had. Show more Show less