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Hi I'm Cynthia

I love teaching and teaching in the Czech Republic transformed my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved learning, and so I think it is natural that I eventually became a teacher. Both my parents were teachers, though, and so I wasn't initially attracted to it as a career. However, teaching incorporated my love of young people, language, a world view, drama, music and technology. And it enabled me to be home with my children as much as possible when I ended up being a single parent. I became a high school ESOL teacher and relished teaching students from countries throughout the world. I felt fortunate to be paid to do something I grew to love more and more: help young people establish a foothold in their new country and be successful in an American high school by teaching them English. A highlight of my career was the year spent as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in the Czech Republic. I returned each summer and co-developed an international language learning project for my ESOL students with a Czech colleague. My life took a wonderful and surprising turn last summer when I met a man who shared so many of my values, including a love of teaching and a love of the Lord. We both knew it was the right thing, and so I retired. We were married for time and all eternity in the Washington, D.C. temple. My new husband and I are creating a new life. And a prayer was answered: that I could one day share the gospel in the Czech Republic. My husband and I are now serving a two-year mission at the Prague Center for Young Adults in the church's Czech/Slovak Mission

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in putting the promises the Savior has made to the test: He said to ask, seek and knock. He said to pray in faith. In answers to prayers over a lifetime, through personal revelation that I cannot deny I have felt my Savior's love, his cleansing grace, the witness that He has prophets again upon the earth, the assurance that his holy priesthood is on the earth again, the comforting knowledge that He has a plan for me and knows me personally. I feel His presence when I read the Book of Mormon, and its words have helped me solve personal problems, understand my Savior's mission better, and remain steadfast in cheerfulness in spite of some very real personal difficulties. I have had confirmation from the Holy Spirit time and time again that the gospel of Jesus Christ resides in its true form in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by choosing optimism over pessimism. In a world that seems bent on cynicism and negativity, I resist buying into it. From a very young age I was accused of being unrealistically optimistic, but I've lived long enough to have lots of evidence of Heavenly Father's great plan of happiness for all of us. Cheerfulness and resourcefulness trump gloom and doom any day, and why not? Heavenly Father is ultimately in charge. Whether its in solving difficult marital problems, weathering divorce, raising challenging teenage boys, managing personal finances, maintaining good physical and emotional health -- I have found the wisdom of our Savior and his modern prophets to give me courage and fresh resolve. Keeping the commandments -- whether its to honor the Sabbath, pay an honest tithing, befriend my neighbors, or apologize for an unkindness -- has increased my faith that God's promises are sure. My optimism is well placed.