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Hi I'm Sandra Abrantes Sallum

I grew up in Portugal, studied in the United States, I am a mother, a wife and a daughter and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Portugal and came to the US when I was 19 to attend Brigham Young University. I love baking and cooking, dancing, and reading. I love nature, especially anything to do with the ocean. I am a traveler, i like getting to know different places and experience new things. It reminds me that down deep inside we all have the same questions the same dreams and the same hopes. I am a troubleshooter, I am great at identifying issues and gaps and coming up with solutions. I love helping others, grow and reach their potential. In my work I consult with others to help their organizations reach their potential and mentor Leaders to be effective and lead groups that are cohesive and meet goals and results.

Why I am a Mormon

God is such a part of my life. I don’t remember a time in my life when I ever doubted that he was there. I always felt the reality of his existence. Ever since I was little I read simplified scripture books and always accepted it and believed it. I was 13 when I met the missionaries. I felt as a kid that religion needed to be lived every day. That Heavenly Father wanted more from us that just words, he wanted actions. I felt that the missionaries lived that way, and I wanted to learn more about them. Hearing the missionaries’ discussions was like an affirmation of what I already knew. I found myself answering questions that I never had really thought about, with answers that just made sense to me. It was like I found a long lost friend that I was missing. All the pieces fit. The missionaries thought I had already heard the discussions before, but for me, the message that they were giving just made sense and was how I thought. I didn’t have to change a thing to become a Mormon. I felt very strongly that God was fair and just, it never made sense to me when the priest would tell me that prophets and revelations were things of the past, that we didn’t need them anymore. I felt he was saying that somehow we were less important that his other children that lived earlier on this earth. That didn’t seem right to me. It wasn’t at all like the God I knew. I was so grateful to learn that the God Mormons believed in had the same characteristics that I believed he did. I know he knows us by name and that he cares about the things that happens to us. If it is important to us, it is important to him. I love this gospel and I love the Lord. My life has been continuously blessed because of it. I could not imagine my life without it. I know that the Lord has a plan for each one of us. He knows us individually, he knows what you wish for and what you are capable of. His dream for you is so much bigger than what you can dream for yourself.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different positions in the church. Most of the times, I believe the callings that I have had or that I have now enable me to learn and grow. I get more blessing from those opportunities to serve than the people that I am serving. I have worked with the primary age kids (3-11), the youth (12-17) and the adults. I particularly enjoy serving in the community. Church has been a big part of my life since I was baptized at age 13. Being a member of this church is a way of life, it does not have a schedule and you don't get time off. It changes your perspective, it makes it eternal. As I serve others, my burdens get lighter and my spirit gets fed. My life is fuller because of it. I find that my spirituality and my love for others grow as I serve and I am able to get closer to my savior. How I live my faith? I live it in my words and deeds, everyday. I try to better myself one day at a time, and work on my faults and shortcomings. Remembering why I am here and the purpose for this life, helps me continue on in faith. I have lived without the gospel and with it. I have friends that I grew up with that didn't have the gospel in their lives, and I see the difference. I know what my path would have been without the gospel and I am thankful everyday, that I chose another road. I see the joy that has come into my live because I live my faith. I wouldn't exchange the gospel for anything in this world; it has made my life fuller and richer. I know its precepts to be true.