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Hi I'm Cynthia

I am an avid hiker, camper, long distance backpacker, and I love to summit Colorado summits over 14,000 feet, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was a stay-at-home Mom, with 6 children, for 19 years, but I use that term "stay-at-home" loosely, because I would take off with my children and go on drives to the mountains, whenever I possibly could. I returned to college to finish my bachelor's degree, when my youngest was in 2nd grade. I was 45 years old. I recently graduated from Colorado State University, at age 49, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism. My concentration was Parks and Protected Areas Management. I LOVE the mountains! Multi-day, high mileage backpacking trips, in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, is my favorite thing to do. In fact, this summer, at age 50, I just completed my first 80-mile, 12 day backpacking trip! Next to that, I love a good hike and multi-day camping trips, also in the mountains. In addition to these things, I also love to summit Colorado's mountain's over 14,000 feet, affectionately referred to as "Fourteeners" around here. I summitted my first 19 in 2008, when I was 47 years old. I have since summitted 9 more of them. Life is great! As well as being an avid outdoors woman, I am also a semi-professional photograper, with my own small business. My love of nature and my love of photography complement each other, and I try to express my love of nature through my photography. Life is great! I have been richly blessed in all aspects of my life, and I cannot complain!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but I prefer to call myself "LDS" or a "Latter-day Saint". However, just because I was born a Latter-day Saint does not mean that I was born with a testimony. Like anyone else who is born into the Church or who joins the Church later, I needed to gain my own testimony. I was 18 years old when I began to plead with my Father in Heaven for my own testimony of His son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. That sweet testimony was born to me by the sweet Spirit of the Holy Ghost, as I sang the Sacrament hymn. I was a little self-conscience as I sat there crying in church! I know beyond any doubt that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Without a doubt, I know that God lives and that He hears and answers my prayers. To deny such would be like calling the day night and the night day. Many, many miracles have been wrought in my life, my life spared on numerous occasions far more times that I am sure I am even aware of, and questions answered, because of my fervent prayers to my Father in Heaven. I know that Jesus Christ leads His Church, which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that the prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and the Apostles, are just that....the Lord's Prophet and Apostles in these latter days. I know this Church is true. I am still here and still a member of this Church for that reason. There have been a few times in my life that I seriously would have left the church, because of what I felt were serious offenses, but I never have, because I KNOW THE CHURCH IS TRUE. I KNOW THE DOCTRINE IS TRUE, and I simply could not leave all that behind, because I was offended. To do so would have been pure foolishness.

How I live my faith

My current calling in my ward is that of Relief Society (which is the women's organization) Outdoor Specialist. I lead the sisters on a hike once a month. I have served in the Primary (the children's organization), and the Young Women organization, among other things. I pray to my Father in Heaven daily, and I try to keep an open line of communication with Him always. I also read my scriptures daily. Currently, I am re-reading The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is my favorite book of scripture, because I feel the influence of the Holy Ghost much more strongly when I read this book than I do by reading any other book. My husband and I hold what the Church calls Family Home Evening, once a week. We hold our's on Sunday. Each week a member of the family takes their turn sharing a lesson on a gospel topic. We also take our turns saying the prayers and providing refreshments for the family. Family Home Evening is also where we discuss family business and the calendar for the upcoming week. In addition to our Family Home Evening once a week, we start each morning with a family prayer, and we read from the scriptures. We rotate through the different volumes of scripture. Right now, we are reading The Book of Mormon. I am so grateful to have the Church! I can't even imagine how hard it would be to raise children without the Church.