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Hi I'm Cindy

I grew up in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. I play the harp and am an author. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I ammarried and have five children. I recently became a grandmother and love it. I play the harp, guitar and piano. I also write children's picture books, middle grade fantasy, non-fiction and am a newspaper reporter. I paid for my college education at Brigham Young University by lifeguarding. I am a certified scuba diver and enjoy snow skiing. I enjoy reading good books, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I am the President of our Primary organization, consisting of 74 children from ages 18 months to 12 years of age.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ. He is my older brother and I know he loves me. I have studied the scriptures throughout my life and know that Jesus and my Father in Heaven are real. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ because it gives me a road map to live my life. I have a plan. I know who I am and where I am going. I know why I am here on this earth. I know my purpose in life. Yes, life holds many trials, but one thing I know is that my prayers are heard and I am always given the peace and direction I need to endure. As I think about where would I be without the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which contains the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know I would not be happy, nor would I have the love and the peace that is in my heart. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was greatly perverted over time. It was often used by man to get gain and for power. Joseph Smith, the first prophet in recent times, was called of God to restore the fullness of the Gospel. He did received plates of gold that had been written on by many ancient prophets and hid up unto the Lord until our day. The Book of Mormon is translated from those records. Joseph Smith received them from the angel Moroni. Through the gift of the urim and thummin, he translated the ancient language within a three month period while being pursued by men intent on stealing them for financial gain. As a writer, it has taken me three years to complete one of my novels. And that is with all the time in the world and without anyone trying to stop me or steal my manuscript. Having read the Book of Mormon many times, I know without a shadow of a doubt that it would have been absolutely impossible for Joseph Smith to have written this of his own accord. It is a beautiful book that goes hand in hand with the Bible and testifies of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I am blessed. I am blessed to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I am blessed to know that I am a daughter of God and He loves me.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a "go to Church once a week" thing. The teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are a part of my everyday life. Yes, I go to Church each Sunday, but that is not all. I teach swimming and lifesaving merit badges for the young men in our scouting program. My children attend youth meetings one night a week. Monday evenings are spent together as a family in what is known as Family Home Evening. We have a lesson, coordinate our schedules, make family plans, and always do a fun activity together. A yummy treat seems to be a big hit in Family Home Evenings. Both my husband and I have callings where we serve others. My husband works with the young mean ages 14 and 15. He meets with them on Sundays and each Tuesday evening. He serves as one of their Scout leaders and goes with them on Scout campouts. I serve as the President of our Primary. Primary is for all the children in our ward, or congregation, ages 18 months to 12 years of age. There are 74 children in our Primary. We meet together for two hours each Sunday. There are 24 other adults that teach in the Primary. Singing songs and learning of Jesus Christ and his love for each of us is a big part of our weekly Primary. There is a special feeling and the Spirit of the Lord is with these children each week. It is wonderful to be with them.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

My oldest son is a missionary. He serves the Lord in Brazil. The only way a mother can let her son go for two years is to turn him back over to the Lord. I love my son, I miss my son, but I am happy that he has chosen to give two years of his life to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our brothers and sisters. My son emails home once a week. The personal growth I have seen in my son is wonderful. He loves the Lord, and loves the people of Brazil. He has become fluent in Portuguese. He walks 5 to 10 miles each day teaching and serving the people. He has worn out several pairs of shoes. He finds much joy in seeing how peoples lives change for the better when they listen to the Gospel lessons and choose to open their hearts to the Spirit of the Lord. Show more Show less