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Hi I'm Sandra

I'm a Mormon, or as I'd like to call myself, a Latter-Day Saint. I would love to get to know you, and be your friend.

About Me

 I will be 57 this year. I am a mother of one. I spent a long time as a single parent before I got married in my 30s. I joined the Church when I was 16, but quickly went inactive, but realized when my son was born that I wanted to give him something that I didn't have, which was stability in life, so I went back to church. After I got married, my husband joined the Church, and we were sealed in the temple. I have not seen my son for a long time. I do not know why, outside of the fact that he wants to live his own life, I suppose. I did the best I could, and I feel satisfied that I gave him everything I could. Now he has to make it for himself. I am a happy person.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes sense. I was raised without religion, and I could not figure out what this life was all about. I was unhappy and I did not know why I should keep living, but I was willing to wait and see what happened. The missionaries happened. They came and taught me. I believed that they had no reason to lie to me. They had nothing to gain by making me a member of their chuch. I didn't believe myself to be a great aquisition. That is the first reason I am a member of the Church. The second reason is that I wanted to give my son something that I didn't have at the time: stability, aspirations, a reason to continue the journey of life, a sense of purpose, and happiness. I realized that he could never learn those things if I did not exemplify them in my own life. I continue to stand as a testimony to him of the way to live and be happy. And I AM happy, and content with what I have been given in this life, and I look forward to the next. I look forward with anticipation to the great joy that I will feel when I am reunited with my loved ones in death. To me it is not morbid. It makes me want to live more fully and be a more useful person.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by writing in my journal, praying, and reading the scriptures that I have. I have read the Book of Mormon many times, twice in German, and now I am posting pictures and describing the stories that it contains to my Facebook account. I try my best to keep all the commandments that we have been given. I try to listen to the "still small voice" and do the things that it says. I go to church on Sundays, and renew my baptismal covenants by taking the sacrament. I try to be a better person. I try to go to the temple as often as I can. It's not always easy, but when I get there, it feels so good. It is peaceful in the temple, and it is the most beautiful place on earth, in my opinion. I work on my family history, and try to create good feelings in my family, towards each other, and towards the Church. That's not always easy either. I think these are the basic things that I do to try to live my religion. I try to be a good neighbour, and share the goodness that I have in my life. There are lots of other things that I can do, everyone can do, to be the best that we can be.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Sandra
I do not know why. But for answers I very often consult my dictionary. My dictionary defines "cult" as 1. a system of religious worship 2. great admiration for a person, thing, idea, etc. and 3. a group showing such admiration worshippers. So, cult is the proper term for any Christian religion as far as I know. We all admire Jesus Christ, and we worship Him. I am not afraid of words, but I know that people use them to try to hurt others. I think that that is not Christ-like.  Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Sandra
I have a deep and abiding faith in my Savior. He has raised me up from a life of unhappiness and sin, and I know he will raise me up after I die in the resurrection. He will raise me up, and the rest of my family members, which is all of us. And he gives us opportunities to become like him, so that we can live with Him someday. I love him, and I try to be like him. I spend time reading his words, and I try to live the way He taught us to be. Some people think that we worship Joseph Smith, and that is just not true. Joseph Smith was a hero, but we worship God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. That is what even Joseph Smith himself said. The dictionary that I have defines "Christian" as "one who believes in Jesus as the Christ and follows his teachings". I believe that I am a Christian. I know that some other religions teach that Mormons are not Christians, but I do not believe that anyone else has the right to say that. I am what I am.   Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Sandra
You can receive specific answers to questions that you ask in prayer. You can feel the spirit of the Lord, and know that you are not alone. You can learn history. You can learn about other people and other cultures and outlooks on life. You can become a more tolerant person thereby. You can learn that the only truth that there is, is in Jesus. He is the Good Word. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Sandra
Talk to me or any member of the Church! They will invite the missionaries to teach you! They would be happy to! That is what they are on their missions for. They will invite you to read the Book of Mormon, and ask God in prayer if it is true. If you can find your answer, they would be happy to baptise you and give you the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and then you would be a full member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! And you would be so very more than WELCOME! We love you! Already! Show more Show less