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Hi I'm Cindy

I'm an Alaskan mother of three and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up a Mormon in Utah. All of my family and friends were also Mormons. After High School went away from home to attend college. Upon graduation I served a mission for the Church, then married and moved with my husband to the Southern part of the United States. The things I learned as a child and as a member of the Church helped me each step along the way. Each time I moved to a new town,a different state, or even a different country, I had an instant 'family' at Church. I found that the Church is the same no matter where you go in the world. When our daughter was born, even though I was far from my own sisters, I had dozens of sisters at church to help me face the challenges of being a new mother. When we moved to a different state and our sons were born, I had a wonderful older friend at Church. My mother was far away, but my new friend was there to be a mother to me and to help me with my babies. Moving to Alaska with our young family could have been daunting, but the Church was there. We soon felt at home and became part of another Church Family. We have since made two more moves. Each time we move, we quickly feel at home among the members of the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is more than just being born one. I know I have a better life, a happier life, because I am a Mormon. I am a better wife, better mother, and better grandmother because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Church helps me to develop my talents, learn and grow, and help others. Being a Mormon helps me want to be my best self.

How I live my faith

There are always ways to serve in the Church. Each opportunity to serve in the Church has blessed my life. Whether taking care of the babies in the nursery, working with the youth, or teaching adults (many of whom have far more life experiences to draw upon), I learn something new and I am a better person for having served. Visiting Teaching is an inspired program. I have made new friends and grown to love the sisters I visit teach. Often these are ladies I would have never built a friendship with had I not had the 'assignment' to visit teach them. Some of my best friends started out as visiting teaching assignments. My favorite assignment at Church was to teach the Juniors in High School in Seminary. I met with these amazing young people every school-day morning at 6:00 AM at the Church. We had 50 minutes of gospel study every day school was in session. It was an amazing experience to spend my days studying the scriptures as I prepared my lessons. More often than not, however, I was the one who learned the most as these wonderful teenagers shared what they had learned from their own gospel study. They shared their experiences living the gospel and were tremendous examples of true followers of Christ. Service in the Church has helped me overcome my tendency to be shy and to be an introvert. I have been able to speak to large congregations, organize and plan conferences for hundreds of young people, and leave home for 18 months to share the gospel message to people in a foreign land in their language. My membership in the Church has taught me the importance of looking outside of myself. I have been able to be part of an international organization that helps young girls in developing nations be able to stay in school. I know I could not have done any of these things had it not been for the things I learn and experience at church.