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Hi I'm Sandy.

I grew up in a United States Air Force family. We lived in Arizona for much of my childhood. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been blessed to be the mother of 10 children. They have provided my husband and me with 23 grandchildren. Raising my children was a challenging but gratifying experience. Each of them has unique personalities, talents, and abilities. It is good to see them become responsible, productive members of their communities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family which has a heritage of membership in the Mormon faith. Although growing up in the church doesn't guarantee that one will stay active, I learned the truthfulness of the Church as I witnessed family members and friends living its principles. When I met a non-member who was interested in Mormonism, I found myself praying to my Heavenly Father for guidance in answering this young man's questions. Over time, together we grew in our relationship and in our understanding of the Church. Eventually, we were married in a temple of our God for time and all eternity. Being a wife and mother has given me cause to become closer to my Savior Jesus Christ as I have knelt in prayer to receive guidance and direction in these roles. He has never failed to give me peace and solace as I have met the challenges that living in these times presents to us all. The Church programs, starting with Primary for young children then moving to Mutual for the youth, provide opportunities for members to learn Church doctrine while interacting with good teachers as well as people of their own age. I have appreciated the positve influence of Church leaders as they have shared their love for the Gospel with my children.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity throughout my adult life to serve in the auxiliaries of the Church. In every role, I have grown in my ability to manage my time and energy while taking care of my large and energetic family. In fact, I can testify that service in the auxilaries has taught me how to become a better wife and mother. Additionally, helping other members to overcome their trials has given me insights into solutions to my own challenges. I totally feel that by living the Gospel one can come to realize that God loves us and cares for us. He only wants us to be obedient and of service to our brothers and sisters.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Along with evidence of His marvelous creations all around you, Heavenly Father has given you many ways to know for yourself that He lives. You can: ■Talk to Him through prayer and ask Him for reassurance and love. ■Read the testimonies of special witnesses called apostles and prophets. They have had sacred experiences with God and have recorded these experiences in sacred books called scriptures. ■Keep His commandments, which bring you closer to God and help you know that He lives. Your belief in God will grow as you: Pray to Heavenly Father (James 1:5). Study the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-17). Obey God’s commandments (John 14:21-23). As you act on your desire to believe, God will strengthen your belief in Him until it becomes sure knowledge (Book of Mormon, Alma 32:27-35). Show more Show less