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Hi I'm Sandy

I Am A Convert, Liberal, Sociology Student At ASU And I Am A Mormon.

About Me

I love the northwest (during the summer) and all it has to offer as far as outdoor adventures. My passions are photography, camping and dogs. I enjoy reading, writing, board games and movies. I'm beginning to dabble in genealogy. My goal is to digitally record my grandmother's and great grandmother's work.  I am a daughter, granddaughter, wife, sister, aunt and a foster parent. My husband and I have a pug / boston terrier mix that keeps us on our toes. We spend a lot of time at the dog park. I work full time captioning phone calls for the Deaf and hard of hearing. I am also a full time student at ASU majoring in sociology.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the church. This did not happen overnight or by myself. One of my best friends growing up was a mormon and a great example to me of how repetitive good choices can unfold into eternal happiness. I wish I could say her example alone was enough to convince me to join the church. Unfortunately, I took the rough, uneven and overgrown path. I was baptized as a teenager (16) shortly after my family had chosen to become mormon. In large part because of the pressure and not of my own testimony. Needless to say, I fell away from the church just a few short months later. It wasn't until I was miserable, in a failing second marriage and having health problems that I hit rock bottom. In my mid 20's, desperate, lost, and with crocodile tears streaming down my face I began to pray. During this prayer a question came to me: When was the last time you felt truly happy? My answer was the day I was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. This is where I re-joined the church and have been flying straight ever since right? LOL What can I say, I'm a tough nut to crack. I did become partially active in the church, but felt very torn between my atheist husband and my newly blossoming faith in my savior Jesus Christ. We all are given our free agency in this life and as I made choices bringing me closer to my Heavenly Father and joy my husband went the other direction. Needless to say the marriage did not survive. Heart broken and numb I focused all my energy into my faith and doing service which got me through that first year of being alone. Ironically, I had never had so much support, love and help than I received from the church members that year. The testimony that I gained through all of my struggles that our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us will never fail me. Through the atonement I was able to gain a complete forgiveness of my past and was able to be sealed for eternity to my best friend who is righteous and loves the savior.

How I live my faith

My husband and I are currently serving as ward missionaries. Meaning we help out the young men / women who ride around on bikes with backpacks, knocking on doors and praying you'll let them in for a few moments to rest and share a message with you. I know you've seen them, we all have. I used to hide from them and pretend not to be home too! I'm onto you! LOL Sometimes we'll help them teach discussions (lessons about the gospel) to investigators (people who want to know more about what the mormon religion is all about). Or we'll teach new members about the church and answer their questions. My life is full of blessings, joy and a deep peace that I had never known prior to becoming a mormon. I have complete trust in my spouse, confidence that my Father in heaven is looking out for my best interests, unconditional love as I know that I am a daughter of God, faith that the Holy Ghost who helps me make right choices and confirms the truth in all things, love for my savior, Jesus Christ, that he suffered, died and was resurrected to atone for my sins personally (and yours), service which is the true love of Christ, and knowledge in the plan of salvation that will lead me back to live in the presence with my Heavenly Father after this life. One final thought to take with you: The Lord never asks more of us then we can give. (But sometimes we have to stretch ourselves, otherwise we wouldn't grow).