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Hi I'm Sandy

My birth certificate: HOLLYWOOD, CA, 1937. I'm a Mormon, finding great help and hope with life's challenges

About Me

I'm 75 and wondering how I've grown so ancient! I'm a wife, mother of 5 kids (youngest a Down's born with additional brain damage--the most noble of our family and a superb 'teacher' although he doesn't speak a word); 14 grandchildren, 5 great with 2 more arriving soon! I've struggled with CFS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome), bedridden off and on many years. But, believing in life after death and that adversity has the power to develop patience, hope and a reliance upon God, I have found great strength in the teachings of my religion. Despite trials, my life has been filled with tremendous blessings and joy! I hope to get back to painting watercolors and oil one day--we'll see. I wrote a book about my journey with my son's disabilities and my illness (and also a little novelette). I therefore have increased respect for authors and artists! WWII (which sounds almost as old as the Civil War) colored my young life. We used the expression: "...Yeah, that's as likely as flying to the moon!" What an amazing technological world we live in nowadays--a world filled with many heartbreaking difficulties, evil and uncertainties yet also a beautiful world filled with goodness and joy and wonderful people. I would enjoy sharing any insight and experience that just plain old 'living so long' has perhaps taught me and trying to answer any questions you might have about the Mormon church. God bless us all!

Why I am a Mormon

I come from Mormon 'pioneer stock'--my ancestors having accepted the teachings of the Latter Day Saint church generations ago. I've heard our church is thought of by some as a cult; that Mormons are brain-washed and strong-armed into believing the teachings. A number of years ago I asked myself the question, "Is the Mormon church REALLY true, or do I 'believe' it just because I've been raised in the church?" The apostle Paul said " ...the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (I Cor. 2:14) I believe in the Holy Ghost--that he is a spirit being and part of the Godhead along with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. By the witness of his spirit I have a testimony that the LDS church IS true. I have studies its doctrines along with the Bible. I also believe in its truthfulness by the 'fruits' it has borne in my life--peace, hope, comfort, spiritual insights and the 'whisperings' of my OWN soul. Good for you! You have linked onto mormon.org. Find out more. Be open minded. Continue on. 'Seek and you shall find." God bless you.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for the knowledge that none of us are perfect. We just need to do our best! In the 'school of mortal life' we all take different courses (you've likely heard the analogy). I might do well in developing exemplary attributes in one area and not so hot in another area. Forgiving myself for my imperfections--being patient and merciful to myself-is as important, I believe, as looking for the good in other people. I love Christ's example of mercy and tolerance. I have the great opportunity of teaching Sunday school to the 16-18 year olds in our church. I see such wonderful examples of their goodness and ability to stand strong against the many peer pressures they experience: drugs, pornography, media that demeans the importance of kindness, honesty and integrity--with such an emphasis on physical looks instead of inner-qualities. I believe the teachings of our Mormon church help the youth to stand strong and live lives of integrity. I believe that when I die (I'm getting pretty close to the finish line, I suppose), I will be accountable before Heavenly Father and the Savior for the life I have lived. That's really sobering. (I guess that if I didn't believe in a literal resurrection I might be of the mind-set "Eat, drink and be merry." But, really, most individuals try and live a 'good' life, right? However, life is filled with greater meaning and importance than most would dream! There truly is a devil, I believe. Lucifer, as he is called, would like nothing better than our not recognizing our own magnificence as divine beings--spirit children of God.