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Hi I'm Cindy

I live in North Florida and love being a grandma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I found happiness with my 2nd husband and our combo family - we recently celebrated our 20-year anniversary. I work in insurance with employee benefits, but enjoy reading, knitting, and sewing in my free time. When I can retire, I want to finish my college degree, spend more time with our grandchildren, and serve a mission with my husband. 

Why I am a Mormon

While my parents and grandparents were Mormon and raised me in this church, each of us must choose for ourselves whether we believe in the doctrine we are taught and commit to continued membership. I think I have always had faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of mankind, and that He leads The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But as I read the Book of Mormon and Bible as a teen and studied our beliefs, the Holy Ghost touched me and I knew without a doubt that it was all absolutely true. When I faced challenges and found life wasn't turning out as I had expected as a young mother, I tried to find the "bedrock" in my life - what was true? What could I count on? As I prayed, I felt the Savior's love for me - and all mankind - and a sweet peaceful confirmation that He will always be here for me. Because of His atonement, He not only paid the price for my sins and wrongs and can wash them away, but He understands how I feel and the struggles I face because He too has felt them. I have found that the gospel as preached in this Church just makes sense. We are blessed and life is more joyful whenever we are acting more Christlike. As my husband says, "the gospel is true because it works." I also know that we are lead by a prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson, who acts as a mouthpiece for Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that God loves us, and hears and answers our prayers. I am so very grateful that our Father and Jesus prepared a wonderful earth for us, and have a plan for our eternal happiness with the opportunity to go back to live with them and continue learning and progressing forever. 

How I live my faith

Our church provides me with many opportunities to try to love and serve others as Jesus does. I am assigned to watch over and "minister" to a few women in our congregation, as are most devout adults. I get to know them better as friends and help out when they face challenges of any kind. Likewise we have such friends who help us, like when I had surgery a few years ago. We are sometimes called on to help with greater needs, like when there is a death in the congregation. I have been involved with our women's organization for the last few years, and have been able to assist in distributing food and gifts to less fortunate members during the holidays, and at other times of crisis for them. My husband has been able to assist people in the Southeast US with hurricane clean-up. We have also been happy to help with some community projects, like cleaning up a local cemetery. Through the church, we have been able to contribute financially to humanitarian projects and education all over the world - we feel great about 100 per cent of the funds going directly to help people. In the past, I have enjoyed teaching children lessons and songs, planning activities, and contributing genealogical data to the internet through my church membership. I also enjoy attending the temple several times a year, feeling God's love and peace there as I stand in proxy for people who did not have the opportunity to learn all about God's plan and make covenants with Him when they lived on the earth.  

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Cindy
Mormons do believe in equality of rights between men and women, though we believe our roles differ slightly. We believe all people are literally the spirit children of our Heavenly Father, and that He loves all of us the same as should we. We believe people of both sexes should receive equal pay for equal work, should obtain all the education that they can, should have the right to vote (Utah was one of the first US states to grant that for women), and should both tend to the needs of their children. We believe that men and women need each other to fulfill their divine potentials. We are both given many opportunities for service and growth - men do so mostly through Priesthood and fatherhood, while women do so through the Relief Society and motherhood. While it is true that men are given the Priesthood in the Mormon church - the authority to act in the name of God - it is to be used to serve others. Women are empowered and given ample opportunities for leadership, voicing their feelings and opinions, and acting to improve life for themselves and those around them. As a woman, I have never felt like a second-class citizen in this church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Cindy
Our temples are sacred buildings dedicated as places for us to receive ordinances and instruction regarding our purpose on earth, and how we might bring ourselves and our families closer to our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe that as Christ told Nicodemus in the New Testament, all people must be baptized as part of their covenant, or solemn promise, to follow God. Since everyone has not had that opportunity while they lived on the earth - and must have a physical earthly body to be baptized - we believe that we may stand as proxies to be baptized for them. Then they may choose whether they accept that baptism and its covenant or not. Another important ordinance performed in our temples is the "sealing" of husband and wife to each other, to be married not just during our lives on earth, but forever. Men given authority from God have the power to perform such marriages that outlast death in these special buildings, so that couples may remain together as husband and wife always. As Christ told Peter, He would give him power to bind on earth and in heaven. And as with baptism, we may stand in proxy for others who did not have this opportunity when they lived on earth. Show more Show less