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Hi I'm Cindy M. Pack

I am a mother of five, grandmother of 14, quilter, life-time entrepreneur and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I attended 11 different schools in 13 years learning first and foremost that if I wanted friends I had to be the one to make them. As a result I learned to love all kinds of people. I attended just one year of college then spent time in the workplace, married and began raising our family of five children. While pregnant with our third child, I founded a company specializing in infant religious clothing and accessories which grew to support the family when my husband joined the company to manage the financial and physical facilities aspects about five years into our operation. My responsibilities encompassed the personnel, design, manufacturing, marketing, wholesaling and eventually retailing the goods we made. In an effort to balance our business and family's life, we chose to keep a playroom next to either my husband's or my office in each of the locations we moved to as the business expanded. When our fourth child was a teenager, we decided it was time to focus more energy at home, sold the company and my husband's small fruit farm became the focus of his efforts, and continued providing an ideal place to teach our children to work. My focus became weddings as our older children married and straddling the world between raising my two youngest children (six years difference) and becoming a grandma. When the youngest child left home I started a small long-arm quilting business which provided a creative focus working with textiles again.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't remember a time in my life that I didn't believe the Mormon church was Christ's own church restored to the earth in these latter-days. However, as I matured I began to see a great difference in the lives of those of my friends who actually followed the teachings of the church versus those who didn't. When presented with the choice of marrying someone who who did or didn't follow the teachings of the church faithfully I realized it was up to me alone to make the decision as to what I wanted my life to look like. I was always taught of the atonement and it's power to redeem us from our sins. I was also taught that the Lord gives us the freedom to make our choices, and lovingly allows us to experience and learn from the consequences of our choices. I decided that I wanted the continued freedom to make my own choices, free from addiction, and free from life altering consequences of poor choices. I decided as counseled in the Book of Mormon Alma:32 to experiment upon the word. Though my life has been filled with unique trials, (no more than and no fewer than anyone else's) they have been made lighter by allowing myself to be yoked with my Savior Jesus Christ. By comparison, I have watched friends in the depths of despair because their faith was not strong enough to turn to Him. I have gained a strong testimony over the years of the Lord's plan and thru His prophet, His counsel to "meet together oft". Attending church on a weekly basis, being served by and serving in return, His children, of which I am one of His Daughters, has strengthen my testimony of the added strength we receive from each other as we seek together to do His will. I know we are all his children, brothers and sisters who knew each other prior to coming to this earth and who are here together to learn from and to help each other return to Him. I know he loves me and has provided the way to eternal joy, free from pain and grief by obedience to the principles and ordinances of His Word.

How I live my faith

Living my faith has always included serving in my local congregation. From the time I was a new mom and learning from women more experienced than I, to cook and and stretch the budget by sewing my children's clothing, I have had the opportunity to gain from and share with women all around me, expanding my circle of friends as the years went by. I count as some of my dearest friends and soul sisters, women who are decades older than I who were willing to take the time to share with me their talents. As a Mormon, moving into a new geographical area called a "ward", I am immediately assigned two women (called Visiting teachers) in my congregation who will undoubtedly become some of my best and lifetime friends as they share a short message of hope and faith with me each month. They make themselves available to me as a friend or mentor, and in times of illness or when I have cause to mourn they have been known to provide meals and arrange for emergency babysitting as needed. In turn I am assigned a partner and from 1-3 other women in the ward who I will serve in the same way. In this way, I am encircled with love. Over the years my weekly calling or "job" in the church has included teaching a class of children, youth or women. I spent several years as the neighborhood emergency preparedness coordinator, educating and helping families in my ward to prepare for natural and man-made disasters. During the past five years I have worked as the humanitarian project coordinator, helping with a massive humanitarian effort each year in which we have served 18 local charities, providing hand tied quilts, handmade toys, receiving blankets and hygiene kits. We coordinated a large food drive which supports the local food banks and homeless shelters. My particular assignment for the past few years for our big day long event has been to coordinate food to keep over 500 volunteers fed and happy during the day. Matthew 25:40