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Hi I'm Cynthia Shandrea Sallaway

One time I lived in Mexico, worked at Starbucks, took piano lessons and learned how to speak Spanish... and now I'm a Mormon. :)

About Me

I am currently a student at the University of Oklahoma studying Spanish and to be an Accountant. I'm not really sure what I want to do with my life yet or if I will choose to serve a mission but I am so fascinated by missionary work and think it would be an honor! I am a convert to the church, baptized on August 2nd of 2014. My family was baptized a year and four months before I was because I wasn't ready to make the commitment of joining the church and I still wanted to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as well as other religions before I made the decision to join. Of every Church or group of people that I have ever tried to find solace in or resonate with, this Church is the only one that still continues to pleasantly surprise me with the foundation of love that holds up its structure. Always surprised and pleased with the answers I've received to my many, many questions.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Catholic and when I lived in Mexico from ages 5-7, I went to a very strict Catholic church. I memorized and recited all of their prayers every morning, without fully comprehending what I was saying or why and seemed pretty content with the way things were. Once I move to Oklahoma, I became very involved in a Christian Baptist church and then a Non Denominational Christian church. I was baptized on March 22nd of 2009 and was a very strong follower of Christ. As I became older and entered into High School, I made new friends who put me in situations full of temptation to drink, have pre-marital sex and do drugs and because of that, I was cast out of the Church I was attending and around the age of 15, I fell away from the God and struggled greatly to regain my faith. When I was in the 6th grade, I became very good friends with a Mormon girl who would always invite me to her Church and Church camps. That was where I gained my initial exposure to LDS. After I quit going to my church, I began seeking answers in various religions and theologies. I love philosophy, astrology, mythology and other religious stories because the root of every popular fable relates so greatly to the story of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. For some, this relation may cause them to question to validity of Christ and Scriptures. For me, it only intensified my desire to learn more about as much as I could possibly read so that I could find my way back to God. I didn't realize that's what I was doing at the time but looking back on journal entries and messages between old friends, I was undoubtedly doing nothing more than searching for the truth. For my purpose. For the answer to the questions, "Why are we here?" and "What happens after this life?". God wants us to ask questions and seek answers but if not through him, we will struggle and stray from our faith. God is always waiting for his fold of sheep to return to him! For He is the Great Shepard.

How I live my faith

I love the sense of community and family that is so strongly expressed in this faith. Everyone looks out for each other and is aware of one another's needs. I love meeting new people and forming fellowships with everyone that feels comfortable enough to open up to me. I haven't received a "calling" in church yet, or in other words, a role or "job", but I am confident that when I do receive my calling that it will be something that I either already very much enjoy or it will be a wonderful opportunity to grow and explore the strengths that I do not currently realize that I have. As humans, we tend to seldom give ourselves enough credit for how amazing we are and/or how much potential we have. Part of the responsibility of those in the Church, I believe, is to uplift the congregation and make us all stronger individuals so that we can stronger together as a Church family.