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Hi I'm Sandra

A Scot raised in NZ and Australia, I am a wife, a mother, an Administrative Assistant, a nature-loving hiker and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

One of the great experiences of my life so far is growing up in several countries, with my family finally settling down in Australia in my late teens. Coming such a distance from the UK it blessed me with the opportunity to see much of the world along the way and enjoy the diversity and cultures of people I might have never had the privilege of otherwise meeting back in my homeland. That experience has taught me that no matter where one lives, earth is earth and people are people. We are basically the same the world over, caring about our loved ones, our neighbors and our communities, our dreams and our future--we are all a part of the same human family with the same human needs. As a young adult I became a dental assistant. I enjoyed working up until I was married and started a family, both my husband and I believing my contribution as a full-time homemaker and mother was more valuable to our family. And what a joy that was until I found myself thrown back into the workplace when my husband was stricken with cancer and passed away. Left with four children between the ages of 8 and 15, somehow we made it through. The peace brought by the gospel of Jesus Christ and the goodness of my Heavenly Father have become anchors in my life and the source of strength and blessings I never thought possible. And once again I am blessed with a loving husband and the new adventure of a blended family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was three years of age when my parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dundee, Scotland, they having allowed the missionaries knocking at their front door to deliver their message. That message of the 'restored' gospel of Jesus Christ with all its attendant blessings struck a familiar chord in my father's heart that opened the door to the conversion of both he and my mother, and has shaped my faith ever since. However, being raised with a knowledge of the gospel is not enough for personal conviction and conversion. One can only live on borrowed light so long, and so the time came when I needed to find out for myself what was true and what God expected me to do with that knowledge if ever acquired. I studied other religions, I even tried ignoring spiritual tendencies within me for a time, but I always came back to the precepts I had been taught throughout my life. Finally through prayer, study and striving to live gospel precepts, I received an answer for myself that both the Bible and The Book of Mormon are witnesses of Jesus Christ and He is my personal Savior as well as the Savior of the world. His atoning love and sacrifice includes me! I continue to strive to apply gospel principles in my life and I am still ever amazed at the faith that grows within me as I do. I know we are not alone today and are led by prophets and apostles as in times past. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and that knowledge speaks such peace to my heart and empowers me during the trials and challenges of life as well as through the joys. I am so grateful for that personal knowledge and the anchor it is in my life.

How I live my faith

I am not remarkable by the world's standards. In reality I am just an ordinary person. But I know I am priceless to my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ and I know They think my contribution of value no matter how small. As I serve in His Church, currently as a board member in our women's organization, the Relief Society, I am given the opportunity to grow and improve while helping others. That gives me hope that even I can one day be worthy of association with my family in the presence of Deity again. I know that Jesus Christ stands at the head of His Church and speaks to a Prophet today as in times past. I know that the restoration of all things previously on the earth through prophets, including temple covenants, blesses my family's lives now and forever. I know the Scriptures are true. I know that accepting service opportunities and callings at Church refines and sanctifies me making me more fit for His Kingdom. And I know that what I in my weakness can't do for myself, my Savior's atoning sacrifice and grace makes up the difference if I but try to follow Him. How grateful I am for His love extended to one as lowly as I. So I am a Mormon, a Christian, a wife, a mother, an Administrative Assistant, a former dental assistant, Cub Scout den mother, BSA merit badge counselor, Sunday School teacher, grade school volunteer and neighbor that might fit into any average community. My membership in the Church does not change who I am, it enhances it! It allows me to become whom my Father in Heaven knows I can become, with the help of my Savior. I know these things to be true and I am better for it. I am a Mormon, and proud and grateful to be included in this great Church and to have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in my life!