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Hi I'm Sandy Henrichsen

I grew up in Salt Lake City, married, then lived in NY, MD, AR, PA, and OH. I'm mother of nine, grandma to 37, and an LISW.

About Me

Some things I love are people, music, nature, spending time with family, and reading the scriptures. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, counselor, and a good listener. As a child I was part of a family that played together: jacks, cards, games, piano duets. We went on a vacation every year - mostly to Yellowstone Park where my Dad loved the fishing. I had one year of college before marriage, and with family and friend encouragement, started back to get a degree when my 9th child started kindergarten. My bachelor's degree was in Psychology and Health and Human Services, then I got a masters' degree in Social Work (when I was 50). I have worked in the mental health field as a case manager, and as a counselor for children, adults, and families. I play the piano, and my children played an assortment of instruments. A favorite family activity on Sunday nights was singing together around the piano. As our children began to marry, they started the tradition that every other Christmas would be spent "at home" with the family all together. Our home became too small, so we have rented a house on the beach for Christmas week three times now. Oh how the cousins love that time together. Other fun things we've done together are: participating in the Hill Cumorah Pageant cast and giving 12-days of Christmas gifts.

Why I am a Mormon

Before my husband and I married, we chose to take a class called "The World's Religions", offered at our university, taught by a Catholic Priest. We were the only two who signed up, so it was a very personal teaching session in the Priest's office on campus. We felt that it would give us a better understanding of people we would live around and work with who were not of our faith. It has done that, but it also strengthened our faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I first remember being aware of Heavenly Father's love when I was only three years old. My older sister had prayed to find her missing shoe, then dreamed where it was and found it joyfully the next morning. I knew her prayer had been answered because Heavenly Father wanted her to be happy. I have had a number of these experiences throughout my life. My oldest son when three years old prayed for someone to come and help his mommy (me) because I was sick. Within minutes the phone rang and a friend I'd tried to call phoned and asked if I was OK because she'd seen a phone booth and responded to an impression to call and check on me. Heavenly Father answers prayers. I was raised by goodly parents, not involved in the church or its meetings, but actively seeing that my sister and I attended. And we had good friends that helped us want to be involved. We had calls to serve at young ages, helping us feel needed. I got to sing as a child in the Mormon tabernacle in a children's choir when the popular Mormon children's song "I am a Child of God" was introduced to the church. I have many ancestors who joined the church in the early days of the church, sacrificed to leave home, travel to America, and then by covered wagon or handcart to the Salt Lake Valley, obeying the call of the prophet. Not all made it, but they knew it was right for their families. Most importantly, I have read the Book of Mormon many times, prayed about it, and know it is true. It brings me close to God.

How I live my faith

With my children I spent time as a cub scout den leader and as a girl scout leader. I rocked babies in the preemie unit at a children's hospital with two of my daughters for a couple of years. I started playing the piano for the children's organization at church when I was 12, and have continued the play the piano and the organ for church meetings, for choirs, and accompanying performers. I have been a teacher for the children, the youth, and the adults in the church, as well as holding leadership positions. I taught early morning scripture classes for high school students. I organized fund raising activities for organizations that I worked with. When my children were young they participated in a children's choir with the church that sang in nursing homes and public arenas, and I was the accompanist of the choir. I have loved being a visiting teacher, serving five or six sisters, teaching them a monthly lesson, but more importantly being there to discuss joys and sorrows, frustrations and accomplishments. If they needed help that I couldn't provide myself, I would try to help them get the help they needed. In serving them, of course I learned to love more fully. Our family participated many times in the Hill Cumorah Pageant as cast members and 3 sons as crew members, where we learned to play a role in the Pageant, but more importantly, to share the gospel with others. When our oldest children were young, we wanted to help them think more about what they were giving for Christmas, rather than what they were given. For many years we created home made Christmas gifts to many of our neighbors and friends for 12 days prior to Christmas. This tradition has been carried on with my children and their families. For years we did a lot of singing around the piano, especially on Sunday evenings, often with friends or neighbors joining us. Music helps bring the Spirit into the home.