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Hi I'm Cindy Speed

I was born and raised in Texas and now lived in California. Family is my thing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have have recently become an empty nester. Our last child was married a few months ago. I have seven children and thirteen grandchildren. I went to college to become an art teacher; but instead became a wife and mother! Happily, I have been able to not only teach my children about art and the beauties of the earth, I have had the pleasure to teach them about life! I have many interests, including walking, cooking, sewing, being with my family, and serving. I collect sea glass and have a great appreciation for simple pleasures. I also help my husband in our business, doing paper work and some accounting.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a happy person. I was raised in the Methodist church and have many good memories of my church life. I sang in the youth choir, went to vacation Bible school, and all the summer revivals, in addition to regular weekly meetings. One summer when I was 14 years old, I was at a revival meeting. The visiting pastor asked all those who wished to dedicate their life to Christ to come forward. That was my first spiritual experience. There was one thing that bothered me about my church. Every Sunday, we were asked to recite the Apostles' Creed which says that we believe in the Holy Catholic church. I couldn't understand why we were Methodists if we believed in the Holy Catholic Church. Later, I met a boy who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the course of our friendship, I asked him about his church. I asked him if I could go to church with him. I went to a wonderful class at his church called the "Investigator" Class. Everything that was being taught seemed true to me. I invited the missionaries to teach me the discussions. I felt like my spiritual vision went from black and white to living color! One day, they asked me to fast and pray about the things they were teaching me, to find out if they were true; and to continue to read and pray about the Book of Mormon to find out if it was true. I was a freshman in college at the time. I did not eat or drink all day, and read the Book of Mormon any chance I could. Late that afternoon, I was riding my bicycle home from school and was thinking and praying about all the things I was learning about the church and the Book of Mormon. As the sun was beginning to set, I felt a pressure in my chest, like I was about to burst. Tears came into my eyes and these words came into my mind--"The things you have been reading and studying are indeed true, and as you listen to the testimonies of your Bishop and leaders in the church, you will have a testimony of your own."

How I live my faith

The thing that I love about our church is the opportunity all members have to participate and grow. It is not a "Sunday" religion only. I did not finish college, yet I feel as if I have quite a broad education from all the things I have learned since I joined our church. I love that God knows me and loves me. I have a relationship with him and with His Son, Jesus Christ. Clearly, the first and great commandment is to love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength; and the second is like unto it, to love our neighbor as ourself. Our church teaches us how to live like Christ would want us to live. We learn how to be unselfish and how to love others. I love people and I love serving. There have been many opportunities to give service. Some are working with the youth, teaching little children to learn and sing beautiful songs of praise, singing in the choir for all occasions, visiting the sick, sewing quilts for the needy, packing food and taking it to those in need, teaching classes, organizing activities. There is a scripture in Luke that teaches how we find ourselves when we lose ourselves in service. I believe this is true. On the flip-side, I have been the receiver of services rendered; not easy for me, but a lesson learned. Angels come in the form of friends and neighbors to help when the need arises. They have been my teachers and mentors. Life is filled with highs and lows. When adversity comes, that's when we have to bear up our faith and open our minds and hearts to the spirit for comfort, guidance, and peace. I love my life and I love my Heavenly Father. I love my associations with my family and friends. I have found that even smiling can help lift another.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Cindy Speed
The role of husband and wife are patterned after our Heavenly Father's plan. We each have responsibilities different from one another but we are one in purpose that is, to bring our family closer to Christ. Typically, the husband's role is to provide for and protect the family. The role of the wife is to care for and nurture the family. Obviously, our roles overlap to cover our bases. Sometimes, there are situations where one of the spouses is unable to fulfill their obligation. God is also part of the partnership and He provides us with extra strength and help when we need it. Two-way communication, speaking and listening, between spouses is essential to the planning, and execution of the plan. Daily personal prayer, family prayer, and prayer between husband and wife aid in considering what God would have us do in raising our families up. Both husband and wife have a responsibility to make our homes a safe haven from the world. Show more Show less