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Hi I'm Cindy

I'm a mom of 10 at 40, graduated college at 55. I still like to camp, hike and ride motorcycles. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 57 years old. I married my husband when I was 18 and have 10 children. I currently have 22 grandchildren. I have always felt being a mom is the most important job on earth. Some would say that I am crazy, but I totally believe that "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world". I love being a nurturer and when my kids were grown, I went to college and became an RN. Even though I loved the work, I decided that my job at home was still too important to leave. After all, my future is in the hands of the younger generation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was pregnant with my 3rd child and I felt overwhelmed. I was only 22 and the lifestyle I was leading was not one that I felt was beneficial to my children. I wanted something better for them. I was raised a Catholic and my father taught me how to pray. I knew there was a God and He loved me. So one night, I knelt down at my bed and said the most heart felt prayer of my life at that time. I begged God to help me find direction. The following morning, in the doctor's waiting room was a Reader's Digest opened to an ad on the Mormons. I read the article and liked what they said about family. A couple of days later, a commercial on the tv caught my attention. It was about Mormons. The next week, I was outside talking to my neighbor. She knew that I was searching. She gave me a manual that her husband's boss had given them. They didn't want it, but she thought I might like it. It was called a Family Home Evening Manual. It had lessons in it to teach good virtures such as Charity, Honesty, and Service. I looked and saw that the publisher was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or "the Mormons". Coincidence? I was beginning to wonder..... I started to teach my girls from it. I wasn't familiar with some of the scriptures but the Bible was referenced and I used that. Two weeks later, during a visit, I mentioned to my sister-in-law about my interest in the Mormons. To my surprise, she told me that she was a baptized member and suggested I call the missionaries when I got home, they could help me find answers. All of these things happened in the space of 2 weeks. This was in 1977. I cannot deny that my prayer was answered. I found that no matter what trials I face, my Father in Heaven is there with me, all I have to do is ask.

How I live my faith

Early on, I taught my children that the best way to live our faith was to be a good example. When you have a large family, people tend to notice. My children were ever aware of stares, but most turned into compliments. Example matters. Because of the military, we moved many places. The church was our family at that time. I became involved as soon as I could. I had leadership positions in the children's Sunday school, in the teen's Sunday school and even in the Women's organization. I have taught lessons to all ages and know that in order to teach, I must practice what I preach. I try to be a good neighbor wherever I am. I try to raise my children to be good, honest followers of Christ. I try to be a good person always. I want to remember that when I serve others, I serve Christ, my Savior, my brother. I have found that by being courageous in your choices, others want what you have, the inner peace of knowing that all is well.