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Hi I'm Sandy

I'm married w/5 kids & 5 grandkids. After daily drug use for 21 years, I have been clean & sober now for 21 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my youth I used to do a lot of hiking in the mountains. For the past 20 years I have lived in a mountain paradise, but I also love to be at the ocean because of its vastness and the feel of the wind. I find myself mesmerized by watching waves break. My favorite foods are cheese and chocolate, therefore I am chubby. I am weak when it comes to my vitamin CH (ha ha). Sewing, knitting, and crocheting are hobbies of mine. I enjoy crossword puzzles and Scrabble. I love reading and watching movies. I allow myself to indulge in one hour of television per day. My favorite program is Raising Hope. One of my choice things to do is to sing three-part harmony (a Capella) with my husband and our youngest son. I frequent a lot of live music venues because aforementioned son is a musician and I go to most of his performances. I love animals and am particularly fond of cats, guinea pigs, baby cows, and alpacas. I am retired from earning a living. Frugality is a special skill that has helped me throughout my life. My past jobs are many and varied. I have been a restaurant owner-operator, special needs para-educator, hotel laundress, computer operator, licensed barber, and day care provider. The volunteer jobs in church that I have loved the most have been in the Nursery, in the Addiction Recovery Program, and teaching early-morning Seminary to high school students.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My dad was not. When I was in my late teens, I strayed from the values I had been taught at church. I became involved in the drug scene of the Vietnam War era. I was what some people probably referred to as a "hippie". It was a reckless lifestyle, seemingly harmless at first. Eventually my life became unmanageable and I sought help through 12-step programs and the church I had known as a child. I read completely through the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, including the testimony of the prophet, Joseph Smith, which is at the beginning of the book. Near the end of the book, I found a verse that challenged me to pray to know if the things I had been reading were true. When I prayed, waves of joy washed over me, body and soul. It was a feeling of pure love from a source beyond myself, and I knew it was the spirit of God reassuring me that the changes I was making in my life were true and good. I knew that the book was filled with the words of God through ancient prophets on the American continent. I had no doubt that God knew me and loved me. It was not possible for me to deny to myself that the true Church of Jesus Christ had been restored and that my baptism at age 13 had been performed by true priesthood holders of the Savior's church. I have had a complete change of heart since that prayer. I try my best to live as Christ did. I have trials in my life and some days are difficult, but I never feel that I cannot cope. The trust I have in the Lord sees me through. I have peace of mind, even in the midst of chaos. There exists, in the church, a wonderful support system, but even when I find myself alone, I need not fear, for I am never really alone. I feel God's presence always. When I falter, I repent. When I feel wronged, I work at forgiveness. Life is good. The church is true. Read the book. Put it to the test. Pray about it. I am so glad I did.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints keeps its members busy. We are all volunteers, serving one another, as well as those not of our faith. The women's auxilliary offers many opportunities to do charitable work. There are many jobs in the church which I like to say, "keep me off the streets and out of trouble". I find that helping to facilitate Addiction Recovery Program meetings, or teaching The Old Testament to high school students every morning before they attend school, and any of the other various callings I have held over the years, makes me less likely to look for flaws in those around me and less likely to slip back into my old unhappy lifestyle. There have been times I have been asked to do a job in the church that is not so much in my comfort zone, but the Lord has always provided a way for me to overcome my fears and perform the tasks He has asked me to do. I am often surprised that I end up really liking a job I was not too enthusiastic about at first. With the help of others in the church who are also putting forth their best efforts, I can even excel in areas in which I previously lacked confidence. Christ served those around Him continually. I want to be as much like Him as I can. I am grateful for the chance to be an instrument in God's hands. I am grateful for his perfect example and that He forgives my imperfect attempts to emulate Him.