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Hi I'm Cindy

I grew up north of Chicago, was a rebellious & angry teenager, and learned that God is real and knows & loves me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, daughter-in-law, gramma and friend. My passions are music, quilting, history, genealogy and meeting people of all walks of life! I have 3 adopted children and 5 wonderful grandchildren that I would do anything for! I served as a missionary in Los Angeles and graduated from college at age 53 with honors. Currently I am absorbed in genealogical research and locating as many relatives as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

After a very rebellious time as a teenager the missionaries were referred to my by my childhood best friend after she joined the church at age 18. After studying with them for a time, I sent them away. A short time later, I asked them back because I knew (somehow) that what they were sharing with me made sense and was true. They challenged me to not believe them but to pray to God after reading the Book of Mormon along with many passages of the Old & New Testament. I did read, ponder and then prayed to know if what they were telling me was true; but most importantly if the Book of Mormon was a second witness of Jesus Christ. Great peace and a feeling of well-being engulfed me and I knew this was the gospel of Jesus Christ I was hearing. I was baptized a week after my 19th birthday and began serving as a full-time missionary in Los Angeles, California on my 21st birthday. Serving as a missionary was the most challenging and rewarding experience I had in my life and has served as a source of strength in meeting many other challenges that were to come my way. I have been married in the temple for time and all eternity. I have experienced the loss of a father, father-in-law, five babies, and a perfect grandson when he was adopted to a wonderful childless couple. These experiences brought grief that I did not think I could endure. Through the blessings of my sweet husband, dear friends but most significantly the love I know Heavenly Father has for me and knowing Jesus Christ has understood my pain, I am able to continue pressing forward. I know families are eternal. I am a member of this church to be a blessing to my family now, to those who have gone, and to those to come. I am okay to be the pioneer in my family. This is the church of Jesus Christ containing the fullness of his gospel. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus gave his life for me and atoned for my sins. His mercy and love is ever waiting for each of us if we will but accept his gospel.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving my family, camping with my children and grandchildren, singing, and working on genealogical research in our ward (congregation). I have served the women in our church, the youth and in musical productions. I have participated in cancer walk-a-thons in our city, fundraisers for breast cancer research and clean-up efforts in tornado stricken communities. But the most fulfilling experiences come from one-on-one moments with individuals needing support, encouragement, both spiritually or temporally. I especially enjoy speaking with individuals about my experiences of faith and sharing my testimony of Jesus Christ, of Joseph Smith, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.