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Hi I'm Sanna-Miina.

I'm a stay-at-home-mom. I love nature, art, good books & movies and memory keeping. I love my family. I love the gospel.

About Me

I was born in Finland in 1967. Love brought me to Canada when I was 23 years old. My husband and I went through a heartbreaking infertility trial. Just when we were ready to give up, we were blessed with our little girl. She is such a joy to us and we can really appreciate having her in our lives after waiting for 12 long years for her. We take care of a handicapped adult in our home. He's like a brother to us. I feel very blessed to be a stay-at-home-mom and a homemaker. I enjoy it. My husband just went through a career change. He is now a denturist. Our faith is an important part of our lives. We love going to church together. The gospel brings us so much peace and joy in these often troubled times. I love it that I can teach a Sunday school class at church. I've always loved teaching. We love spending time together as a family. Simple, everyday family time is what brings us happiness. I love to read. I enjoy blogging (www.thisthat2011.blogspot.com). I've always enjoyed making crafts. I love anything beautiful whether it's in the form of good art, uplifting music or nature. I love to learn. I just started to study Italian again. Just for my own enjoyment. I take lots of pictures. I'm the memory keeper in our family. I don't want to forget anything. I miss my family in Finland but I'm grateful for modern technology which helps me stay in touch with them. Thanks for taking the time to read about my life. :)

Why I am a Mormon

Almost everyone in Finland belongs to a Lutheran church. I did as well when growing up. At school, we had religion classes and it always troubled me that I couldn't find answers to all of my questions. I wasn't religious at all growing up although I did go to a Bible camp and was confirmed. When I was 15, six LDS (Mormon) missionaries came to my school and they told us about life in America and we had opportunities to speak English with them. They mentioned that they were going to have a Halloween party soon and said we were all welcome to come and see what it's like. I went with couple of my school friends. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed practicing my English skills with the missionaries (plus they were "cool foreigners" :)). I found out that they held English classes each Friday night. I started attending and enjoyed the relaxing way to learn English. I had been going to English classes for some time when one Friday I was quite depressed because of some problems at home. One of the missionaries noticed that I looked sad and asked about it. I told him what was bothering me and he asked if I would like to say a prayer together. It felt a bit odd but I thought it wouldn't hurt to pray. A small group of us knelt down in the chapel and this missionary offered a prayer on my behalf. I felt so good during the prayer. I wasn't sad anymore and I felt peace and that things would be ok at home. All was well at home that evening. I became curious about the Church and asked the missionaries to teach me. After much studying and praying, I joined the Church (I was 18). That has been the best decision of my life! I finally found the answers to all of my questions and I can honestly say that the gospel is the best thing in my life. It blesses me so much! I really honestly believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is THE true Church. Jesus organized one Church, not many. I believe I found THE ONE. I feel very blessed.

How I live my faith

My faith is not just a "once in a week" thing. I love to study the gospel on my own. There are real "gems" in the scriptures. Things that help you understand life and why everything happens. Our church doesn't have paid ministers etc. Everyone gets "a calling" (=a job) and it's great because you learn so much from your various callings. Right now I teach the 5-6 year old class. I love teaching children! I have also taught teenage girls and grown-ups too. Teaching is always my favorite church calling. I have also organized a summer camp for teenage girls and weekday activities for women (free classes such as homemaking skills, crafts, etc). Us Church members give talks in Church and we get opportunities to practice public speaking. it's great to be able to hear from everyone, not just from one person. Everyone has special experiences we can learn from. I have been assigned to be a "visiting teacher" to two women. I try to visit them each month and make sure they are ok. It's a wonderful way to make new friends (I can be quite shy in social settings). Men go "home teaching" (=they visit families). What a great way to make sure that everyone is looked after! I love giving money to our Church's humanitarian work. The work is done on volunteer basis so none of the money goes to salaries or administration costs. I know my money goes directly to someone in need. Our Church builds temples. They are different from our meetinghouses. A very special feeling is in the temples. Quite often they are near a busy freeway, yet, inside the temple it's totally peaceful and quiet. It's like a little bit of heaven on earth. You can go there to serve and as you ponder about your life, you often get inspiration for problems you may be having. It's good to quiet down every once in awhile and ponder about the important things in life. It keeps you focused on things that matter the most. I feel that great blessings come to my life when I attend the temple.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Our bodies are a gift from God. He wants us to be healthy so He gave us advice about what not to do (alcohol, tobacco, drugs, tea, coffee) and what kinds of things are good for us. This advice was given long before people realized the dangers of alcohol/tobacco. Our Church members are healthier and live longer than people in general (there are actual studies about this). Personally, I love it that we don't drink alcohol and smoke, etc. I have seen so much misery caused by those two things alone. I have a personal conviction that those things are not good for our bodies and minds. So much misery could be avoided if more people chose to live a healthier lifestyle. Show more Show less