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Hi I'm Sandy

I'm a professor of physiology and exercise science. I'm an avid runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a professor at a small college. I finished my PhD. a few years ago in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry. I've been a runner for most of my life. I competed in cross country and track in both high school and college. I have coached collegiate cross country and track for both small and large universities. I love to read books, sit in the sun, talk with friends, hike, and bake. I mostly like to listen to rock or pop music, but my husband is a classical musician so I'm trying to learn more about classical music. I do like to see him perform (besides he looks good in a tux ;) ). I currently work with the young women at church (the youth group for girls ages 12-18).

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ is an important person in my life. I know that He is my savior and that He wants me to follow his example. Being a member of this church has strengthened my faith and commitment to Him. The church helps me to better understand God's plan for me and how I can be a better person. As I continue to follow His gospel, I find myself growing in ways I know would not be possible without Him in my life. I also know that families can be together forever. My family is very important to me, both the family I grew up in and my family now. I have had the opportunity to be sealed to both families in our temple. Being sealed means that we believe that we will be together forever both in this life and the life after this. The temple is a beautiful place where we can make these bonds with our families and with God. My family joined this church when I was about 7 years old. At that time I could already read far above my grade level. I started reading the Book of Mormon and I listened as my parents learned about the church from the missionaries. I was old enough to start investigating and know for myself that the church and its teachings were true. Since then, I have had many times in my life where I have had confirmations that various aspects of this gospel were true. I have read the Book of Mormon and the Bible many times and continue to read and study. As I continue to learn and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ to a greater extent, I am filled with a greater desire and commitment to really live His gospel. I know that God has a plan for each of us, that he loves us, and that He will be there for us through the good and the bad. This church has helped me to come closer to Jesus Christ and continues to help me to become all that God has planned for me. I know that being a member of this church has blessed my life and will continue to be an important part of my life.

How I live my faith

I am currently the president of the young women's group (a youth group for girls ages 12-18). I love working with these girls and seeing them grow and develop into remarkable young women! We have weekly activities where we learn all kinds of fun and useful things including cooking, art, music, and other things. We like to have fun girls nights or movie nights too. Most importantly, we have activities and lessons that strengthen our faith in our savior Jesus Christ and help us to deal with difficult challenges youth face today. Every day I pray that I can do a better job in working with these youth, and that I can continue to do what the Lord wants me to do. I love working with people and I hope to live my life in a way that people will be positively influenced by the things I do. I know that my faith helps me to get through the challenges we face in this life and that as I continue to draw close to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that I will be able to do more than I would think was possible. I know I still make mistakes at times, but I know that with God's help that I can continue to be a better person and serve Him in the way he wants.