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Hi I'm Sandy Silvers

I am a retired systems analyst and a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in a clinic in Central Oregon and raised on a cattle ranch and farm. The hard work encouraged me to get an education and seek other careers. After some college, 3 years of military service, and an LDS mission I met my wife while attending school. We were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Washington Seattle Temple. I then spent 10 more years in military service as a Finance Officer before being separated for medical reasons. With my wonderful wife and 6 children we returned to Oregon. There I spent 5 years during the recession going back to school and getting a position as a system analyst with the State of Oregon. All 6 of our children served LDS missions and all have (or soon will) marry an eternal companion in the House of the Lord. We have been blessed with 15 grandchildren to date, of which one only lived an hour. After 20+ years with the State of Oregon I retired, and my wife and I have been called to serve an 18 month mission in Temple and Family History.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I was exposed to some gospel teaching and the scriptures from my maternal grandparents who were both immigrants. They had come to the United States due to religious persecution in the early 1900’s. As I grew up I was more influenced by my father’s attitude of shunning all the religious hypocrisy in the world. Still, I managed to live a very clean lifestyle in spite of my irreverent surroundings. While doing advanced training in the military I was invited to a beach picnic by some military roommates that were LDS. While standing on a beach on the Atlantic seaboard one of the young men that was with us asked me why I did not get active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I gave him my hypocrisy answer and he gave a reply that woke me up spiritually. He said: “And what does that have to do with YOUR salvation?” From that time forward I have tried to learn and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I read and reread the Old and New Testament and the Book of Mormon. I went to church and I studied and prayed. I attempted to live what I learned. The military is not the best field to raise faith and charity in. Some of my examples in righteous living were not even members of the church, but gave me courage to do what was right and live the gospel standards in spite of criticism from those around me. Now, in later life, I have the blessings of an eternal family with children and grandchildren sealed as families forever. I learned that Joseph Smith went into the grove of trees to pray and saw God, our Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. He was called of Christ to be the prophet of the restoration of the gospel in these latter days. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. I am grateful for a living prophet and apostles on the earth today and look forward to returning to our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

When I got involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I was on active duty in the military, and had to learn and live the gospel in a challenging environment. I served for many years in the scouting and young men program of the Church. Later I served as leader of one of the adult men's organizations providing service to families in and out of the Church. I learned valuable skills and how to help others with temporal and spiritual needs. With a family and work responsibilities I served in leadership and support responsibilities helping the Bishop and other organization leaders serve in their responsibilities. I found enjoyment in this service despite it being difficult and sometimes not comfortable. I enjoy serving others and enjoy teaching, both practical skills and the gospel of Jesus Christ. They greatest teaching and greatest challenges have been raising our family and teaching the gospel in an unbelieving or uncaring environment. In having the family do scripture study or family time I found that bribery does work. My primary passion in service has been in Family History research. I was collecting family stories and family information before I joined the Church. I love knowing how my ancestors (patriots, rebels, laborers, thieves, etc) lived and how they contributed to my family. Upon retirement we rented out our home and plan on serving as many missions as our health will allow. I look forward to being able to do further research on my own family lines and to help others start or continue research on their families.