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Hi I'm Cindy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a massage therapist. I got married just over a year ago and love it. I love making things with my hands. If I don't know how to do it, I just make it up and hope it works. I also love to write and read. Someday I hope to be a published author, but for now, I'm content just being a young, newly wed, Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My whole life I've been taught the gospel, but that's not why I'm still a member. I'm a Mormon because I've found the principles of the church to be true. I was a foreign exchange student in Germany my senior year of high school. I was staying with families I never had met before, living in a culture I barely understood, and trying to figure out who I was. My first host family had a hard time understanding why I lived the gospel. My host dad asked me if I wanted to grow up to be a priest because I had so many church books. He thought I was walking around with blinders on. The reality was I had my eyes wide open. The more I saw of the world the more I was grateful for the gospel and all it offers. I've been made fun of for my beliefs. I've been laughed at, called weird, and even stupid. I've been told I'm a fool. I've even been told I'm not a Christian (which baffles me). But it doesn't matter what anyone says. I know what I know. If I were to deny the witnesses I've been given, then I would be a fool. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten of the father. He is my Savior and friend. God lives and loves each of us very much. He knows the thoughts of our hearts and often answers the prayers we do not even say. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church upon the earth. Other churches have truth. The LDS (or Mormon) church has the fullness of the gospel. I know the Book of Mormon is scripture from God. Reading it has brought peace and happiness to my life. It testifies of Jesus Christ and His works for the children of man, to provide us with a chance to return to our Heavenly Father. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of the Lord. Joseph Smith Jr. really did see the Father and the Son. I know these things because I have had the Holy Ghost bear witness to me that they are true.

How I live my faith

I teach 10-11 year old girls every Sunday about the scriptures. This year we are studying the New Testament. It is powerful to learn from them; to learn their views on Jesus Christ and what He has done for them. I also do activities with the 8-11 year old girls 2-3 times a month. They learn more about the Gospel of Christ and do fun things to help them become better members of the community. They also learn how to do crafts and give talks. It's such a fun calling! I learn so much from these girls and love helping them learn how to do new things. I have a short attention span, so it's good for me to be working with kids, who also have short attention spans. I feel like I'm where I need to be, doing what I need to do.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Cindy
I don't think Mormon women are much different from women all over the world. Chances are you've seen and/or met Mormon women and had no idea they were Mormon. Some people think because Mormon women put family first that women are considered less important, or that we're backwards. The reality is we just have different priorities then the world teaches. We believe that the family is central to God's plan and our happiness on earth. Many Mormon women stay at home to make sure their children get the best possible care. Not every Mormon woman is a stay at home mom. Many work outside the home. There are even families where the dad stays home and the mom goes to work. Each family sets things up differently because every family's circumstances are different. The priority is making sure the family is taken care of. Both husband and wife share this responsibility equally. In the eyes of the church, my husband and I are equal. We have different callings and responsibilities, but neither of us is better than the other. There is no "walk behind your man" mentality. We're also not taught that women are better than men. Instead we're taught to walk side by side, helping each other through life. Show more Show less