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Hi I'm Cynthia

I'm a bargain shopping, penny pinching, stay at home mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed to be a mother of 2 wonderful children. We enjoy playing soccer, going swimming, playing at the wonderful parks in our area, bowling, and all the fun things kids love to do. I serve a lot at their school and enjoy being involved with their education. I've been married for 14 happy years and we love to watch movies and enjoy any time we get to spend together. I also like to read, hike, and play basketball, when I get the chance.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is True. I know that Jesus Christ lived on the earth, atoned for our sins, died and was resurrected for us, and lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it was translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that we have had a living prophet on the earth since then. I know that the priesthood is the power of God and that it was restored to the earth by John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John. Though I was raised in the church, I fell away for a time as a teenager. I slowing stopped going to church, reading my scriptures, and saying my prayers until I had nearly forgotten I had a testimony. When I finally realized how miserable and dismal my outlook was for the future, my good Bishop helped me return. It was after that experience that I had many of my testimony building experiences and it is stronger that it ever was. I know it is true with all my heart. I'll never give up on trying to better live the gospel and strengthen my relationship with my family, my Savior, and my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I love my Savoir, Jesus Christ, and I try to follow his teachings every day. I love to learn of Christ's teachings through the scriptures and the teachings of modern day prophets. His teachings help me to become a better person. I try to focus on serving others, beginnings with my husband, two children, neighbors, friends, and in the community. I love having opportunities to talk about the gospel with others of my same faith and friends from other faiths too. We are all God's children and He loves all of us. We can show our love to Him as we strive to live Christ's teachings and follow His example.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

One blessing of not have paid clergy, is that we each learn and grow as we serve. I'm currently Primary President. I get the blessings of loving the children, planning activities and participating with them, the association of the other leaders and learning from them, the growth I experience in learning to be organized and keep things running. Also, my testimony of revelation is stronger because of the many answers to prayers I've received in guidance for the primary and leaders. The opportunity to teach any age group is such a blessing too because the teachers always learns the most. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

We have had the Bible, thankfully, but over hundreds of years, many transcriptions, and human errors, many truths were lost. The priesthood authority to lead the church also died when all the apostles died. It was always in Heavenly Father's plan to have the priesthood restored on the earth in these last days. All the gospel truths from all of history have been brought together in this final period of time on earth before Christ comes again. Just as prophets in the Bible spoke with God anciently, Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith. That was the beginning of the restoration. It went on for many years and still continues because the prophets and apostles continually receive more revelation. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

The family is really what it is all about. The family isn't created to build up the church, the church is organized to strengthen families. All the teachings and ordinances in the church are to prepare us to live with Heavenly Father again in family units. Families aren't perfect and we all face trials and problems together, but as we learn and grow through those problems together our love and commitment to each other grows. I have incredible children that I love more than anything. Figuring out how to best parent them is also the most challenging endeavor I've ever had to do. So they also inspire me to learn and grow. My spouse is my best friend, partner, and love of my life. I love that we have each other to help each other and can progress through this life, and live together forever in the next. I am unspeakablely grateful for our parents as well. They continue to teach and help us. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

To join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you don't have to know everything. Learning is a life long process. We will even keep learning after this life. To join the church you need to gain a testimony of the basics. By reading the Book of Mormon, you can learn for yourself that it is truly the word of God. You'll also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, for if he wasn't, the Book of Mormon would not be true. When you know that Joseph Smith is a prophet, you'll know that God the Father and Jesus Christ are separate living beings that lead this church, for Joseph Smith saw and spoke with them. The priesthood, or power of God, has also been restored to the earth, through with Joseph Smith. When we sincerely want to know the truth, we need to study the scriptures, obey the commandments, and ask through prayer if these things are true. If we ask with the intent of acting on the answer we receive, the Holy Ghost will testify to us the truth. The answer may not always be as quick as we want it to be, but it will come. It may be a strong, powerful witness we feel deep in our heart. It may also be a calm, peaceful feeling. Spiritual witnesses from the spirit are each unique and personal. Once we have a testimony, we continue to nurture that testimony throughout our lives as we continues to study, learn, obey, and do the things that are right. Show more Show less