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Hi I'm Sandra R. Webster

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am, at 59, a woman, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. They are the titles I most cherish. I was given up for adoption as an infant by a brave young unwed woman, who's hopes and dreams were for her baby to grow up in a good family. Her dreams came true, and I did. Which isn't to say that my family isn't a little crazy. But then, whose family isn't? Because I was adopted, I grew up with a strong sense of family, and particularly, of motherhood. I married, during the height of the feminist movement, needing and wanting to be a fulfilled woman. For me, that meant being a mother, and I was blessed to have 5 utterly wonderful children. I continued my education and became a childbirth preparation instructor, so even my work was close to my heart. There were problems in my marriage, and they were insurmountable. My husband and I divorced after 14 years of marriage, and the family I so cherished was fractured. It was like a death. But I was guided to a man who, with a heart full of love and commitment--and four children of his own--married me, and became a second father to my children, while never negating the love they had for their dad. That was all over 25 years ago. Bruce and I, along with the love and support of many, raised nine children--and now there are 14 grandchildren, as well! We're empty-nesters, after never being typical newlyweds. Our love grows ever deeper. Life, family, love, and my faith in Jesus Christ, give me joy deeper than words can express.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, first, by birth, but long since by choice. Both my biological mother, and my adopted parents, are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Though a native Utahn, because my dad was a construction foreman for an engineering firm, we lived many places in the US and Canada, and seldom in Utah. That meant our family was often a source of curiosity, since our travels took us to places where there were few, if any, Mormons. Because of this, my parents instilled in me the need to learn about my faith so I could share, and at times defend, it. And since we were rarely close to our own extended family, the other Church members--wherever we lived--became like family. But there always comes a time, regardless of one's upbringing, when the faith of others isn't enough, when we must decide for ourselves, experience for ourselves, what our faith means to us. I've had many opportunities for my beliefs and faith to be challenged, sometimes beyond what I've felt I could endure. But my belief in a loving God, a personal God, and a Savior who gave everything for me, has reached bedrock over the years. I love, with all my heart, being a Mormon. There's always been a bit of the rebellious in me, and in a strange way, being a Mormon, standing out, and standing up for my beliefs, has been a part of that rebelliousness, as if to say, "Look at me! I am different! Wanna know why? Dare 'ya!" I love who I am, and I'm always willing to share what gets me through life with peace and clarity, in spite of turmoil and problems.

How I live my faith

By stretching--always stretching--to be better. This is not a church one goes to every week; it is a faith one practices every day, all one's life. I love that! So little of excellence is asked of us in our present culture. But in this way, I remind myself every single day that I am a child of God; that He knows me; that He loves me; that He wants the best for and from me. So, over the years, I have voluntarily (as I've been asked) taught little children, and taught grown-ups. I've taught music to children, and led choir for adults. I've played the piano for everybody to sing to, and occasionally, for everybody to listen to. I've helped organize activities for the youth, and taught many lessons to young women, when I worked with the young men and women in the Church. I've learned and taught homemaking skills to other women in our cherished women's charitable organization, the Relief Society. I've worked with cub scouts, and with boy scouts. It goes on and on. I've done things I never would have thought myself capable of, but because they were asked of me, I've given my best effort. I'm only one of millions who do the same thing, day-in-and-day-out, because we love God, we love this earth, and everyone on it.