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Hi I'm Sandy

I'm a mother and a wife. I am a hydrogeologist/groundwater modler. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a working mother, I seem to find little time for hobbies and interests outside my family, work, and church. My two beautiful daughters occupy most of my time outside work, and I wouldn't have it any other way. They are the light of my life. My husband is not a Mormon, but he is a good husband and father. When I do find time to enjoy myself, I love to snow ski, snorkel and scuba dive, ride my bike, and hike. I also love to read, mostly historical fiction. I love the out-of-doors, but rarely find time to visit it these days. I had hoped that by studying geology and hydrogeology, I would spend part of my working day outside, but most of what I do these days is on the computer. I have a Master's Degree in Hydrogeology and I love to see the laws of physics and nature at work and I marvel at how intracately and well designed our world is. (Thank you Heavenly Father and Jesus!) My other passion is traveling. In my 20s I served as a missionary in Italy. Since that time I have been to Africa, southeast Asia, Europe, and other fun places. I love trying new food and experiencing different cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My dad did not go to church, but my mother always took us kids. I read the Book of Mormon when I was 12 and gained a testimony through prayer and the Holy Spirit that it was true. I never doubted that there was a God, a Savior Jesus Christ, or that the teachings of our church were the correct doctrine of Jesus Christ. Right out of high school I worked in some rough envronments, like a magnesuim plant and a coal mine, but I never was tempted to follow another lifestyle. I served as a Mormon missionary in Italy in my eary 20s. After returning home from Italy, I began studying at the local university. Since a university is designed to expose students to the "universe of ideas" I ended up taking a philosophy class. At that point in my life I began to question everything in my life. Was faith real? Could one really have a testimony, or was it just self-suggestion? Was everything I believed in true, or was it just a set of standards and beliefs designed to control those who were foolish enough to follow? I went through a period of about 15 years where I did not believe in anything, but my own mortal senses and ideas. Finally I grew up enough to find that I was empty on the inside. I had a good career, lots of friends, and did lots of exciting things every weekend, but something was missing. I had an inner longing to return back to worshiping and following the God of my youth. It was hard to come back to church. I felt uncomfortable and guilty. I cried during evey hymn. I made it through the transition and never looked back. I have been back at church nearly 12 years, and I have enjoyed every moment. Why would I not want to be enriched on Sunday hearing the word of God? Why would I not want to be part of a church with a living prophet who tells us the word of God?

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by putting the most important things in life first. I try to put Jesus Christ first in my life. I often become distracted with the day to day trials of life. Sometimes I fall way short, but I do try. I currently work in the nursery of our church. We watch and teach the 18 month to 3 year olds. They are so pure. I enjoy seeing them evey week. Before working in the nursery, I taught a lesson once a month to our women's group. I taught from speeches given by our prophet during our general conference. I read the scriptures with my daughters and I am trying to teach them how important the Savior Jesus Christ is in our lives. I also hope to help them avoid some of the pit falls that I fell into. I try to be fair in all that I do. I try to help those in need through donations and service. I believe that we will be judged by how we treat our fellow man. If everyone were honest, trustworthy and tried to help their fellowman, just think how wonderful the world would be. I also try to keep the Sabbath Day holy, one of the Ten Commandments that even many religious people seem to have forgotten. I also have found out a lot about faith. Faith is active, not passive. I used to worry about it all being self-suggestion. If that were all it was, I would not have seen the miracles, small and big, that have happened in my life. Faith grows as we use it, self-suggestion could never grow the way my faith has. God is waiting for us to live his commandments and pray to him for help. He wants to help us, but he won't bless us if we are disobedient. We also must learn to be better people through trials. I'm thankful for God's patience with me as I try to improve myself each day.