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Hi I'm Sandy

I have lived in California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah and Nevada. I'm a mother of 7 and a grandmother of 26. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in central California to parents who were members of the Mormon faith, so I grew up in the faith. My dad was a convert and his example of faithful service influenced my religious choices. I am the second daughter in my dad's second family. After his divorce he met and married my mom and they had me and my two sisters. My dad came from a very religious background; his younger brother was a minister. Family was very important to my father and the idea of being able to have your family sealed together in the Temple was a doctrine he embraced completely. Because my dad was much older than my mother, he died while I was in my 20's. But because our family was sealed in the temple and could look forward to being together again, my sadness that he had passed, was softened by the truth that we would be together after this life. I was married in the Temple to my sweetheart, and so we are sealed to each other and to our seven children and now 22 grandchildren, which brings me great peace and joy.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though some church members were “born” in the church, meaning our parents were already Mormon and we grew up in a Mormon home, there comes a time in our lives when we too must decide for ourselves if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is the Kingdom of God on the earth today. My personal conversion has evolved over the past 50 years. As I have chosen to read and ponder the scriptures, (the Bible and the Book of Mormon), and serve others in my congregation, and as I pray seeking answers to my questions, over time and often, I have received a witness from the Spirit that it is true. The doctrines of this church, which are the doctrines of Jesus Christ, have given me a firm foundation on which to base my choices in life. I am happy and full of joy and gratitude because of my relationship with my Savior and because of His restored gospel here on the earth.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is that through the congregations we attend, we have many opportunities to practice becoming more like our Savior all the time. This is a lay church, meaning that there are no paid clergy. So as members we work together serving each other as we all help our congregation run smoothly. We have the opportunity to speak in Sacrament meeting in front of the whole congregation, teaching doctrine and bearing testimony. We take turns teaching classes to the children, the youth and the adults. We serve the sick, and those who are mourning, those who are troubled, or lonely. At one time in my life I had the very fun experience for five years to be a den mother to 8 and 9 year old boys in the Cub Scout program which included our neighbor's children. Another time my husband and I worked in an Employment Office serving persons who needed job search training and coaching for job interviews. This service was available to the community. Recently I enjoyed the challenge of teaching people from all over the world how to research their ancestors on FamilySearch.org, finding vital records that would help them get to know their roots. Jesus Christ as our example, lived a life of service, and these service opportunities came to me as result of my membership in this church which can bring me closer to Him.