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Hi I'm Sandy

I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, sister, and friend. I consider myself a "home body" and feel it a blessing that I have been able to stay at home and watch over our six children as they have grown up into wonderful people. I have always enjoyed participating in sports. Over the past six or so years, I have started running. This spring I ran in my first 5K race and won second place for my age group (a very small race, but still). About a month later, with a friend, I participated in my first 10K race. I find that running gives me time to think about life and what it is all about. I have found that my morning runs allow me to be open to the spirit as it tries to teach and guide me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at the age of eight in my home town. My parents and siblings are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but have never really been active. I remember my dad coming to church only two or three times. I had good friends in high school who were interested in my happiness and were constantly inviting me to youth activities and Sunday meetings. I feel that they "loved" me into activity. As a fifteen year old I hung out with a group of kids that included both members and non-members. At one party, as the conversation went on, a girl said to me "I didn't know you are a Mormon". That's when I decided that I needed to be acting differently. From that time on, I had a different focus. Conversion is something that every one goes through for themselves. A child may start out by "riding" on a parents testimony, but the time will come when they need to stand on their own. I continue to follow the Saviors gospel because I am happier for it. I am a better person because of it and the Lord never fails to bless me for the small steps I make.

How I live my faith

I currently have the pleasant opportunity to visit with many groups of children in the church throughout the area where I live. Starting at 18 months, children are placed in classes where they can learn about our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the love they have for each of us. As they grow, they learn more about how they can show their love for our Heavenly Father and Jesus by serving and loving those around them. This has been a blessing for me because children have such a great capacity for love. During His mortal life, the Savior spent time with the children and taught us to become as little children.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Sandy
A Ward, Stake, or Branch is a geographical area. A Branch has the smallest number of members and a Ward will have more members. A Stake is made up of Wards and Branches, usually 10 - 14. Each "unit" within the Stake has enough member leadership to enable the church programs to operate in a manner that is of benefit to the members. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led by Jesus Christ. He gives us guidance and helps us to be organized in the things we do. The geographical areas of Branches, Wards and Stakes allow us as members to help the kingdom of God grow by giving our time, talents and resources to the good of the Unit. When a Branch, Ward or Stake grows through increased memberships, the geographical boundaries may be realigned to reflect the growth in members. Show more Show less