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Hi I'm Sandy Burt

I am a great grandmother in my late 60's. I have spent most of my adult life in the San Joaquin Valley of central California.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. In summers we spent hours boating and skiing on Lake Mead. In the winter we rode motorcycles in the surrounding desert. We did a lot of target shooting and I could make bullets and arrows before I could bake brownies! On Friday evenings we would go downtown and watch the tourist. My step-dad was former Navy intelligence and detective. He taught me how notice details about people. We have four children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. We still enjoy camping, riding the sand dunes on ATV's and boating. Most of the time we take our boat out year-round. My mother taught me to sew doll clothes and I still enjoy sewing, but seldom make time for it. We frequently have Sunday family dinners with family members who live nearby. It is a special time to share what is going on in our lives. We try to Skype or use other internet applications to share special events with family members who live elsewhere. We have had a baby shower with grandchildren in Japan and also with family in Utah for missionary farewells and calls home. We have three children over the age of 46 and one who is 26. So, we have grandchildren older than our youngest son! It has kept us on our toes keeping up with all the different ages and stages of life! Life has not been without challenges. We have been caregivers to our parents while we still had our immediate family still at home. Although it was not easy, we would do it again.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was a young adult. The missionaries asked me to read the Book of Mormon and so I did. At the end of the book is a challenge to pray to know for oneself if it is true. I did this too, and I received my answer very clearly in a manner that left no room for doubt. I was baptized shortly thereafter. The Book of Mormon is known as the key-stone of our religion. For me, it opened up greater understanding of all the scriptures in the Holy Bible. Since that time the teachings of this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, have blessed our family's life in every way possible. By following the admonitions of our church leaders we have been guided through the challenges that have come our way. One of the things our church leaders encourage is to have a weekly "Family Home Evening." This a set time each week that we save for our family. We have had lessons that teach us how to be better family members, and how to serve others as well as teaching principles and doctrines of the teachings of Jesus Christ from the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments and the Book of Mormon. We have had fun family activities, played simple games and enjoyed yummy treats. The important thing was spending time together learning to live Christ-like lives. Simple, not complicated, but a very bonding experience for all of us. It meant making our family a priority over any other outside activity. I love that our leaders encourage us to ask questions, seek answers, and pray to gain a testimony of the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to apply that testimony to our daily lives. I am a Mormon because I have a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of God and that we are led by a prophet today and always will be until the Savior comes again. I am a Mormon because I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The lyrics to a children's song say: "I'm trying to be like Jesus, I'm following in his ways. I'm trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say." That's a tall order, but it sums up what being a disciple of Christ is about. We believe that our lives should reflect our commitment to Him. We believe that it is through doing small and simple things consistently that we keep ourselves worthy to have the spirit guide our lives. Those small and simple things include daily scripture study, daily personal and family prayers. It means serving others, in simple ways: a smile, a gesture of friendship and compassion. It means remembering that every soul that lives on earth is also a divine child of God who chose to follow God's plan for us to come to earth to gain a body and to learn to make correct choices that will help us be worthy to live with him again. It means that we strive to live the two great commandments: Love God and love our neighbors. In small and simple ways we can reflect the Savior's love for each of us. We can be kind and respectful It means at the end of the day we ask ourselves if we have served others with love. We know that we fall short, but we know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, loves us and through the Atonement has already paid the price for our weaknesses. It is a gift we cannot leave unopened. We must accept this sacred gift and through repentance strive each day to become more like HIm. I would hope that others will want the joy and happiness that I have. I hope that my life reflects his love. Sometimes people ask me why I am so happy all the time. I take that as a compliment. There are hard times, really hard times, but I know that "this too shall pass" and if we endure our challenges well the Lord will keep his promises. He promises that we will have joy in this life and in the life to come.