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Hi I'm Cindy

I grew up in Utah, and have lived in New Jersey, Long Island, Idaho, California, Arizona, Texas and Mexico. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of four adult children. I have one granddaughter and another one on the way. I graduated from Weber State University and am currently a paralegal and a non-attorney representative, helping people obtain Social Security disability benefits. I have lived on both coasts of the US, as well as in Monterrey, Mexico. I am an avid reader.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, and didn't know anything different until I was called to serve a mission in the New York, New York City mission when I was 21 years old. What an eye opener! I met people there from every possible religion and persuasion, and learned just how different we, as members of the Church really are and how blessed we are in our understanding of the Gospel and the Plan of Salvation. I always assumed that everyone beleived as I do, that we lived with Heavenly Father before we came to earth, and that we will return to live with Him after we die. I found that not to be true. I am very grateful for my knowledge that we have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly home after our death. It makes accepting the death of loved ones much more possible, since we know we will see, and know and love them again in the eternities, and that death is just a temporary separation.

How I live my faith

I attend church in a Spanish speaking congregation, and enjoy participating with them and sharing the Lord's spirit in our meetings.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Cindy
There are many stories and legends passed down from the ancient inhabitants of the Americas to their decendents today, about a "Great White God", variously known as Quetzacoatal, Ixtapinatwa and Wotan, among the different tribes in Mexico. This God came and visited the Americas, taught them the Gospel, and promised to return. That is why the original Europeans from Spain who came and conquered the Americas were received as Gods, and why they met so little resistance. The native peoples thought these explorers were the "Great White God" returning as he promised. Unfortunately, that turned out not to be the case. We are still awaiting the glorious, triumphal return of Jesus, when he will come in Glory from the Heavens and reign over the earth, bringing peace and joy to all of the inhabitants, and conquering evil. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Cindy
Mormons generally attend church for a three hour block on Sunday. During that time, we have Sacrament meeting, which is the joint congregational meeting for all members of the church and any visitors who would like to attend. Women generally wear dresses or skirts and men usually wear suits or slacks and a button shirt with a tie. Sacrament meeting lasts for about an hour and 15 minutes. Then the adults and teenagers go to Sunday School classes, generally broken up into age groups for the teens. Younger children go to Primary, and the youngest, ages 18 months to 3 years go to nursery. Finally, the adults separate into Relief Society classes for the women and Priesthood Meeting classes for the men and teenagers go to Young Women's and Young Men's classes, where we are all taught about our various responsibilities and callings. Singing hymns and prayers are an integral part of all of our meetings. As Mormons do not have a paid clergy, the meetings are all conducted and taught by volunteers and people from the congregation who are asked to prepare talks and lessons, and we share what we have learned from the scriptures with each other. Show more Show less