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Hi I'm Sandra

I grew up in Ohio and have lived in Colorado, Michigan, California, Guam, Nebraska and Texas. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am over 60 years old. I have traveled quite a bit, some in Europe and Asia and also South America. Most of my working career was in Silicon Valley. It took me a while but I eventually finished a Master's degree. I value education and I enjoy learning new concepts and technologies.

Why I am a Mormon

The simple answer to this question is the missionaries knocked on my door and asked if I would read The Book of Mormon. The joy that filled my heart when seemingly out of no where, I said "Yes", was something I could not deny. I knew how I felt and I knew my Heavenly Father knew. I was over 50, when the missionaries found me. At first I was skeptical, but I read and listened. I "investigated". I searched for information on the internet and there was so much negativity that I began to wonder. As I learned and studied I wondered why so many were so threatened by a young man praying to know which religion was true? I was raised Baptist and had accepted Jesus as my savior at age 8 and been baptized through immersion. I felt a certain emptiness though, something was lacking when I went to church. As I read The Book of Mormon, I compared it to what I read in the Bible and thought someone had reinterpreted the Bible. Slowly, I realized there was a fullness that filled in the blanks and the emptiness. As life had happened to me before I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I prayed to keep a soft heart. Now as I studied, I felt my heart softening. As I listened to the young missionaries, I literally felt my heart open and wept with joy, recognizing the truth in another testimony of Jesus Christ. I was baptized and now I pray to always keep a song of joy in my heart. I testify that The Book of Mormon is a true translation directly from our Heavenly Father of the plates, that Joseph Smith prayed to find. I testify that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I testify that there is a living prophet, Thomas S Monson who through direct inspiration loves and provides guidance that helps me live a life that will allow me to return with honor to my Heavenly Father. I testify that I have an eternal companion in this mortal life that will be my eternal companion as we reunite with our fore-bearers for eternal life.

How I live my faith

I love my home and enjoy the fellowship of my neighbors and friends especially in Sabbath Day meetings. Serving others is important to me. I feel much happier and content when I believe I am contributing to the betterment of my community. My health is not good so there are times the only way I can help is through a financial donation. Paying a full tithe and making a monthly fast offering are at the top of my financial priorities. A fast offering is something we can do monthly. We skip two meals and offer what we would have spent on those meals to help any who are in need. Our missionary program is important to me because I believe our Heavenly Father has tasked those who know better to do better. We must share what we know about our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a serious obligation and commitment to help others attain their eternal glory. I like talking about the goodness of choosing to be and do good. My husband also has serious health problems mostly related to Type 1 diabetes. My highest calling is to do all I can to understand and support his special needs. He has lost his vision because of diabetic retinopathy so I am especially grateful to have good vision so I can do some of the things he can not do for himself. His example of patience and tolerance inspires me. One of the hardest things for me, is to let others serve me. It is easier to give than receive but a wonderful side benefit of serving and giving of myself is a realization that others truly want to help us be our best self.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society unites us as women. There I am accepted just because I am a child of God. I can learn and grow as a woman and wife. The women raise me up and help me to be my best self. And at times when I don't necessarily feel like being my best self, they accept me as I am. I know that day or night if I have an emergency and need help, I can call my visiting teacher who will immediately rush to assist me. The visiting teacher program allows us to dedicate a short visit each month to communicate our personal needs. It establishes an ongoing relationship I can depend on. Show more Show less