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Hi I'm Cynthia

I lived in Alaska for forty years. I am a former athlete, fitness center owner, mom, oma, and a retired school teacher.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California as a serious "tomboy." I loved playing street/yard ball of any kind and was usually the only girl but still chosen first most often. In high school I excelled in academia, sports and music. I took a trip to BYU when I was 15 and immediately knew this was where I wanted to go to college. Why? Have you seen their athletic facilities? In the summer after my junior year, I was an exchange student to Austria. After graduating from high school, I attended BYU and participated in the developing women's athletic programs in basketball, softball, and tennis. Two weeks after graduation from BYU, I was married and moved to Alaska. During the 40 years in Alaska, I enjoyed hiking, fishing, camping, playing ice hockey, and backpacking; taught high school; took 20 years off to raise my 4 children; owned and operated a fitness center; returned to teaching gifted education and physical education at the elementary level; and finished my teaching career at a middle school. I retired in June of 2014 and moved to Colorado to be closer to my children, grandchildren, and extended family. As a retiree, I enjoy sleeping in, reading, playing with my grandsons, goofing around with my friends, traveling (including a cruise to the Caribbean), visiting family and friends, exercising, serving at the temple and at church, and doing family history. Life is GRAND! My next adventure: serving a mission in the Finland Helsinki Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but I am also "converted" to the church/gospel of Jesus Christ. My family of origin wasn't the best example of a Mormon family, but I was taught, and we mostly tried to live the basic principles. When I was twelve-years-old, I had a sincere desire to know if the church were true and if what I was being taught was the path to follow God. I prayed every night for about six months to know. I didn't know exactly how God was going to answer me, but I believed He would. One day after I finished delivering my brother's paper route (I was his sub), I was pedaling my bike home and not really concentrating or thinking about anything in particular. All of a sudden out of nowhere, I felt a powerful surge course through my body, and in my head came the words, "It's true." Immediately, I was filled with a joy, gratitude, and love that I had never experienced before. I raced down the street shouting and whooping because I felt so happy. Throughout the rest of my life, I have had my own ups and downs, joys and sorrows like everyone else. Some of those sorrows were of my own making through mistakes and bad choices, and some were the result of others' actions and choices. During the times that I turned to God for help, comfort, forgiveness, direction, assurance, understanding, strength, etc., and have striven to keep His commandments, I have come to know of the Savior's love for me and the Atonement that He performed was for everyone individually - even me. He knows me, and He loves me. During especially difficult times when I had no where to turn except to God, by coming to Him, I tasted of His love again and again as He ministered to me. Through all of this, I figured out that life is hard no matter what we do or who we are. We can go through it all alone, or we can walk with Him. It's so much better with Him. It's a sweet life.

How I live my faith

Being active in the church gives me tons of opportunities to participate in community and congregational activities. Attending church services on Sunday is actually a small (but very important) part of being a Mormon. Thoughout my life, I have had opportunities to work with and/or teach the children, youth, and women of the church. I've been in charge of or helped with music programs, girls' camp, our women's organization, welfare and compassionate service needs, Sunday School teaching, early-morning religious classes for high school students, cub scouts, and family home evenings and activities. I believe we can all make a difference and share the love of The Savior in whatever it is we do, so I also live my faith by volunteering in schools, as a coach, on local boards of directors of various youth sports and civic organizations, supporting local events and local community resources like food banks, shelters, etc. A person doesn't need to be "preachy" or "self-righteous" to live one's faith. Loving God and His children as we plod through our everyday lives is how we demonstrate our love and gratitude for The Lord.