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Hi I'm Cindy

I am a military wife, a mother, a teacher, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a military wife and a mother of three children: a 14 year-old son and boy/girl twins who are 6. I recently finished my bachelor's degree in business management - an item I can check off my bucket list! Although it has taken me 20 years to finish my degree, it has been an educational journey. I grew up in Kansas City, MO and was raised in the Lutheran Missouri Synod Church. I was very athletic and had a passion for softball. After high school I attempted college – the first time. I would be the first to attend college in my family. My priorities went out the window! I soon figured out my life was going to stay the same unless I changed something. I joined the Navy when I was 18 and fell in love with the East Coast. After giving birth to my first son I decided to stay in Virginia. I went back to college and was a single parent. Life was very challenging and overwhelming. I earned my associate’s degree in accounting and I started working for a children’s hospital in VA. I went back to school and started to pursue my bachelor’s degree. I met my husband in 2002 who is in the Navy. I quit school, became pregnant (unexpectedly with twins). I tried juggling a career and family. It was tough. We moved to NC a few years ago and I went back to college. I recently finished my bachelor's degree in business management. I work at our local middle school encouraging teens to attend college. I am on the same work/school schedule with my children while balancing work and home.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband is a recovering alcoholic. I too chose to quit drinking to support his sobriety. It sounds easy enough, but it was life changing and very challenging. After nearly 1 year of sobriety, our family felt we were missing something - a focal point - a center. We had lost all of our "friends" when we changed our lifestyle. Our new neighbors reached out to us and little did we know they were Mormon. We soon found new friendships and felt a new type of belonging somewhere. We found that focal point - that center: Jesus Christ. Through the Gospel, the missionaries, our new found friends and family we became baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. How could I not believe in the church when my 12 year-old son wanted to be baptized too through his own decision and through his innocence confessing how much better his life had become better because our family was now living the Gospel. Our children are happy and live in a healthy environment. We hold our standards higher than the average by maintaining a true faith and devotion to Christ and our family. Those who are closest to us noticed a change in our relationships and how much closer my husband and I were. What was once black and white, is now filled with color. What was once a punishing God has turned into a loving, most graceful God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My soul has been awakened to a brighter side of life. Through the commandments and the atonement of Christ I am no longer bound by addiction, instead I am free to more choices. Knowing my family will be together through the eternities, knowing the hard work we put into relationships is not a loss after this life is worth living the Gospel.

How I live my faith

Today I keep my faith strong in the Gospel through service to others both within the church and around my community. Charity has taken a new meaning in our home: compassion for others. Through my calling as a Primary Teacher in the church, I not only teach children about the Gospel, but I too am a pupil in my own classroom. As a faithful servant through Christ, I am more available to my family and those in need. Through other members of the church and their diligence in keeping the faith of Christ and living the Gospel, this helps me to become my own example. The organization of the church makes perfect sense. Other Mormons in our surrounding area attend the closest LDS church to their home. This makes it easier to get to know your church family and help them in time of need. All LDS churches are linked together so we can reach out and call for help to a broader community when needed.

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

Mormon women are inspirational, caring, show unconditional love, and shows her faith in Christ by living Gospel principles and putting her family first. Mormons believe men and women have defined roles within the family and are equally important. "By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners. Taken from “The Family A Proclamation to the World” which was written by twelve modern Apostles through inspiration from the Lord." "Both parents should be involved in the care and discipline of children. It is important to agree on family goals and be willing to work toward them with their children. If parents are not in harmony and do not have mutual respect, the children may become confused and lose confidence in their parents. Both parents should be unified and intimately involved in the upbringing of their children." Show more Show less