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Hi I'm Cyrena

I grew up in South Florida. I was baptized at the age of 23. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to school for accounting. I still have a passion for business though my current full time position is that of Mother to my darling 4 year old, Preston, and his 18 month old twin sisters Sariah and Cyrena. I love the companionship and fellowship of my church. I love how we all endeavor to care for one another, to share each other's burdens. My husband, Stephen, works 8 hours away and only comes home about every other weekend. It's been tough at times. The women of this church have held me up through it all. Their kindness and friendship make me stronger than I would be on my own. We laugh, we cry, we talk, we listen, and we invite everyone to join in with us. I have found this camaraderie in every place I have lived since going to this Church.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 23 I was not active in any church. I only ever knew of two "Mormons." I didn't know anything at all about their religion. Having searched out creeds and literature on a number of different Christian churches, I came to the realization that I had not investigated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. All I knew about this Church was that they used the Bible and The Book of Mormon. I was at my mother's house at the time of this revelation and it occurred to me that if anyone had a Book of Mormon in their possession it would be she (she is a bit of a book collector in that her book shelves were stocked floor to ceiling). It took less than ten seconds before this old black-covered copy of the Book of Mormon jumped out at me. I began to read it, starting at the beginning as I would any other book. But, this book was different. Though chaos literally surrounded me leading up to and following Hurricane Wilma, I found peace in me whenever I read these scriptures. That calm caused me to return to its contents daily, often more than once per day. I resolved that I would attend a sacrament meeting, and found the time and location for which I was to attend. I left it up to chance, "if I have the feeling to go when the alarm sounds then I will go, if not then I will not. No commitment." I awoke wide-eyed moments before my alarm even sounded. I went. Later on, when my father asked me why I wanted to be baptized I told him, "The bliss that I feel inside is not of this world." In truth, I felt a love, a peace, a warmth, a comfort, a joy - a bliss - that I had never felt before and which had stayed with me and even increased since I began reading that sacred Book and taking discussions with the Missionaries. I know now that those feelings were the promptings and comforts of the Holy Spirit, urging me forward on this new (and very different) path for myself. How grateful I am to have listened.

How I live my faith

One thing I truly love about this Church is the fact that it is not a Sunday-only faith. I live my faith every day. It was a complete lifestyle change for me and it was worth every change it required. I live my faith everyday personally and firstly by being obedient to Heavenly Father's commandments. I also try to continually work on becoming the best version of me that I could be. I try to live righteously before God, having integrity and kindness in thought, word and deed. When I falter, I repent and ask Him to help me to become better, to know how I can do better. I try to be there for those around me, serving in whatever way I am able with a happy heart. I endeavor to fulfill my potential spiritually, in my calling as a Mother, and in my church calling in Compassionate Services. In this calling I have the opportunity to help women in the Church that have some need. This is often in the form of prepared meals for those who are perhaps in medical recovery, who have had a baby, or who have had a death in their family. I try to show them compassion for their circumstance and to lift them up in whatever way I can.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries are able to discuss with you many of the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are there to answer any questions you may have. They are there to support you as you investigate the Church and the Book of Mormon, as you pray to know for yourself that the things they discuss with you are real and truthful principles. They are there to guide you as you deal with the changes following God's commandments require. They are there to lift you up when you feel a struggle and need that spiritual edification. They are there to encourage you once you make the decision to be baptized, to be your cheerleaders and supporters as you commit to live your life everyday by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less