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Hi I'm Shandi

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two beautiful girls, wife, and a chef. I spend all my days with my girls, week nights with my family and the weekends in a restaurant. After a few years I am now returning to school full time to become a Register Dietitian. I love to learn a little about lots of different things to help become rounded, always trying to learn.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a question I have received a lot, if you have ever worked in a kitchen you know the atmosphere is not always the most professional setting. It is hard for many people to see why I could be in a religion that does not allow me to do this or that, that is not what I see/feel. As a teenager I began to wonder if this church was something I believed in because it was correct or because my parents believed in it. As I pondered this question I realized I truly believe in this church/doctrine. The members of this church may make mistakes and may do or say things that are foolish but the church and the doctrine is what I believe in. For myself, how could a religion that teaches you to be good citizens in the country you live obey the rules of the land, focus on your family that they are the most important thing, and that you should continually learn and find out if it is true for yourself. These simple things made it very clear to me this was a religion that was for me, a church with a Savior that will forgive what ever mistakes I make (big or small) if I just truly upset with the mistake and want to move past them. The knowledge of this doctrine has gotten me through so many different things, one of which was when my Mother passed away suddenly. I was lucky enough to get to call my Father and tell him, saw his reaction, and watched as the knowledge that this gospel is true and that we will see her again, and he will always be her eternal companion, that is worth more then words can ever express.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily, whether that entails Sundays where I am found usually playing the organ, piano with the kids, teaching a class, or participating in another class. During week where I teach my children to be good citizens, respectful of other people, have the desire to learn and grow, and be the best possible versions of themselves. At work or school participating in activities that will benefit me to become a better person.

What is the First Vision?

This is the part I have heard is the hardest to swallow. Is it any harder to believe the Lord and his Son appeared to a boy, then say Moses parting the Red Sea or a burning bush speaking? A young boy had a question to which church to join asked in earnest, and was blessed with a clear answer. Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ came to him asked him to restore the Lords church again as it has been scattered into pieces. If you only have a piece of a puzzle you never know which way it truly goes you can move it and manipulate it. Doesn't it make sense to put the puzzle together, the only one qualified to do that was the Lord and his Son, the simple boy could not have put the pieces together on his own but by the direction he got, starting on that day in the trees. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

This question it seems has been brought up more recently then ever before. The truth is it is a personal experience, so we don't like to share it, anymore then someone might want to share a 'pact' they make with their God in a time of struggle. What we do in the temple is not hard to find out. "In temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their families together forever and help them return to God" as part of the official church answer. I will just add this, if you study the Bible you will understand better our ordinances. Show more Show less