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Hi I'm Cindy

I grew up in San Jose, CA. I am a mother of 5 and I am L.D.S. I love games, sports and music.

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University, where I met my husband (of 23 years). I enjoy writing poetry, singing, working out, teaching my children, and being creative in the kitchen. I enjoy learning about different cultures. At one point I could count to 10 in seven languages. I speak French and my husband speaks Spanish. We have taught each other some of the basics. I have had friends from all different backgrounds--Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hispanic, Thai, African (from Ghana), Ethiopian, Hmong, Filipino, etc. I believe that we ALL need each other and we can learn something from each and every person. One of my good friends in high school was Muslim and he was like a brother to me. I enjoy volleyball, basketball, walking, hiking, playing board games, music, horseback riding, roller coasters, and creating new things in the kitchen. I'd rather play a sport than watch it on T.V. I love learning new things and researching topics of interest. I am a better mom for having gone to college. I am a better teacher and advocate for my children. I believe that learning to work is such an asset in life. It gives you a sense of accomplishment. It helps us develop (and share) our talents, and it helps us interact with others. As we learn to work with others, we can be a instrument in bringing about a lot of good.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of the scriptures, of this gospel, and of this church. I was raised in the church. My parents were very neighborly. They let me invite friends to church and they let me go to my friends' churches. I remember attending Vacation Bible School with one neighbor. Another friend had a minister for a dad and I went to their church as well. My parents didn't feel insecure letting me go to other churches. We went to church every Sunday. I had a testimony at a very young age. I remember when I was about 10, my teacher from church brought me a plant for my birthday. She told me how it required water, sunlight, and special care so it can grow. This is like a testimony. We cannot neglect it. We must nurture it and it will grow. That made such an impression on me! When I was 8, my friend and neighbor started coming to church with my family. Her older brother started coming too. It was so exciting to meet with the missionaries and watch our friends gain testimonies. They decided to be baptized! You could see the light shining from their countenances. The gospel blessed their lives! Living the gospel blesses my life. It gives me freedoms--freedom from addictions, freedoms from the shackles of debt, negativity, mistrust, and doubt. Instead, it gives me the will to endure; it gives me hope, joy, and satisfaction. Being a member of the church gives me a ward family. My brothers and sisters in the gospel give me friendship, support, and encouragement. I am a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is the true church on the Earth. Christ leads this church through a living prophet. The prophet holds the priesthood--the authority to act in God's name. This is the same authority that Christ and his apostles held when they lived on the earth. Families can be together. I was married to my husband in the Oakland Temple where we were sealed to each other for time and for all eternity.

How I live my faith

I currently help organize monthly meetings for the women in our ward (congregation). We have mini-classes, humanitarian projects, spiritual programs, dinners, etc. Volunteering and giving of my time is a way that I show my discipleship in Christ's church. We all have talents to develop and to share. I have spent many years teaching children's classes at church. I have even been a Cub Scout den leader three different times. We volunteer without pay. (Even the head of our congregation--our bishop--is not paid). The blessings we receive are undeniable and innumerable! A friend and I go visit 2 sisters from our congregation each month. We talk about a gospel topic and share our testimonies with each other. We also share our struggles, our hopes, our accomplishments, and our feelings with each other. We try to help in any way that we can. I enjoy volunteering at my children's schools, whether through the P.T.A., or in my children's classrooms. When it comes to the community, I make sure to vote and do what I can to promote Christian values and a clean and prosperous society. As a family, we have traditions that help us live our faith. We attend church each Sunday. We set Sunday aside as a day of rest. We hold Family Home Evenings on Monday. This gives us a chance to sing, pray, talk about the gospel and the scriptures, play a game, and have refreshments. This time together has truly brought us closer together. We pray together before meals and have family prayer in the morning and at night. We have a little family cheer after prayer. We put our hands in a huddle and say, "Sure do love ya!!!!" Then it's time for hugs and kisses! Another family tradition is to read scriptures together. We just finished reading The New Testament. Each of these traditions add spiritual oil to my lamp and to my family's lamps. We are not without our problems. In fact we have had many trials. These practices have helped us endure and learn important life's lessons.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is God's way of helping us to develop our strengths in an ideal setting. It is a place where we feel peace, love, acceptance, a sense of being needed, encouragement, and a sense of belonging. A home and family are like a science lab where we are experimenting with what works best. There is a lot of change and adapting, but there are traditions that bind and principles which remain constant. There are boundaries and expectations as well. My husband and I were both blessed with parents who have stayed married through thick and thin. We decided when we were engaged that we would give our children the same blessing--we will work through our differences and NOT consider divorce. We were married in the Oakland, CA temple (nearly 23 years ago) and we look forward to having a forever family. There is a song that says, "Families can be together forever through Heav'nly Father's plan. I always want to be with my own family, And the Lord has shown me how I can. The Lord has shown me how I can." Show more Show less