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Hi I'm Cindy

I am a wife, mother of 7 and grandmother of 4, a PTA volunteer, a seamstress, a missionary mom and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of seven wonderful children and two practically perfect sons-in-law. I was raised around the country while my Dad served in the Navy. I learned to sew ballet costumes for the studio where my daughters danced and have enjoyed teaching myself that skill. Sewing costumes for the stage has made me fascinated by beautiful fabrics. I am lucky to be a stay-at-home mom so that I can be there at the crossroads when the kids are coming and going and willing to talk. I have a very good life. I am also a grandmother to four darlings. I have heard it said that "people who believe that no one is perfect are probably not grandparents." Our family is very musical. I met my husband because he plays the piano and I sing and we have enjoyed making music together now for 30 years. Now my children all play the piano and other instruments. Between all the kids we have a cello, a clarinet, a trumpet, an oboe, a euphonium, 2 ukeleles, two trombones, a guitar, a recorder, and bells. I get to be the audience these days. We also like to sing and enjoy learning 3-4 part harmony to sing together, especially at Christmastime. I am passionate about education. That has meant that I have volunteered in schools for the last 25 years. I find joy in helping children learn and get excited about their accomplishments. I feel that our nation's educators deserve more recompense than they currently get so I am actively involved, helping them any way I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church in a family that always put faith first. My parents set good examples of devotion. My father joined the church after my sister and I were born because he felt the power of the priesthood when my sister was given a blessing by an elder in the church. He is a diligent, faithful, humble servant that I look up to every day. I have felt that priesthood power work in my own life. I have read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon and felt the Holy Ghost testify of their truthfulness. I have received promptings that confirm my faith in a loving Heavenly Father who sent his son, Jesus Christ, to the earth. Christ lived a perfect life to show me how to live. I know that Jesus felt all of our sorrow and sins in the Garden of Gethsemene even though how he could bear that is beyond my understanding. I know that he suffered all that did because he loves us and me personally. I love that we have temples where families are sealed together for eternity. I am grateful that my parents were sealed together and to my brothers and sisters. I have that same blessing with my husband and children and look forward to enjoying their company after this life. My faith grows because of the peace I feel when I worship and pray. The chaos and calamaties in the world can be scary, but I feel the love of my Father in Heaven and know that He is aware of my needs. I see tender mercies around me that demonstrate His love for me and my family.

How I live my faith

My family has committed together to save Monday nights for our family night. That means that we clear our schedules so that we can gather each Monday for dinner, singing, prayers, gospel discussions, treats and goofing off together. We also keep the Sabbath day together. We don't shop, play sports, perform, do homework, or many of the other every day things that take up the rest of the week. We have been blessed for keeping the Sabbath day holy. We are each other's best friends and cheerleaders. Knowing God is there and has a plan for us gives us purpose and hope. Because we believe the family is the basic unit of the church and of society, it is our first priority. I have had the privilege of teaching Sunday School to teens. It motivates me to study well and be prepared so that I can help them to feel the spirit of the Lord. They are valiant souls and need courage and strength to keep their standards in an increasingly wicked world. I consider teaching them as important as teaching truth to my own children. I also volunteer my time at school where my children attend. All truth is important and I want to help make my children's education the best is can be. And I want to help be a friend and example of a caring adult in the lives of my childrens' friends.

What is the Relief Society?

Cindy
 Relief Society is our womans' organization. We meet together regularly to learn together - gospel topics, quilting, cooking, parenting, decorating, cleaning tips, etc. We support each other in finding work, caring for children, healing, or just finding good books to read. If there is a need, our group will work to assist, whether it is a member of our group or someone in our community. We ladies often meet to work on service projects that go to a neighbor or out to the world in crisis.  Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Cindy
When I think of modesty, I don't just think of dressing so that my body is appropriately covered, although that is a large part of it. I think of dressing in such a way that I would not be embarrassed to be surprised by my father, my mother, or my Savior. Modesty is an attitude of Christ-like humility, rather than dressing to seek attention or prove one's worth. When I am modest in appearance and language, I feel comfortable in my self-worth. My attitude toward chastity is the same. I value the gift of life and a body from my Heavenly Father. I have been privileged to partner with my husband and God in bearing children. The intimacy between my husband and myself is just that - just between us. We are united knowing that it has always been just us. I have taught my children to dress modestly from their very earliest years. They know that they are children of God so have learned a desire to please Him in how they act, talk, dress, and entertain themselves. Children learn how to talk to other children or adults by modeling the behavior they see their parents use. If I want my children to avoid profanity, be polite and attentive, then I owe them the same. Pretty simple. Show more Show less