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Hi I'm Sandy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Sandra and I’m a Mormon. If I were to include my mother’s maiden surname, it might reveal to you that I am part Swedish. My father’s surname indicates that I am also part Dutch. My name is important to me as it reminds me of my heritage and the great ancestors who lived before and made it possible for me to live now and enjoy so many blessings today. I was fortunate to grow up with loving parents in a small, humble home in Utah. My three sisters were among my best friends. My brother, first born and the only son of my parents, had tragically died in an accident when he was nearly two. Although not present, I always felt assured that he was part of our family and I would know him some day. I grew up feeling loved and secure, learning homemaking skills from my mother and feeling very protected by my father.

Why I am a Mormon

I know our Heavenly Father has a great and glorious Plan of Happiness for us, His children. This belief is part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that families are meant to be together forever! I can scarcely comprehend the mercy and loving kindness of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He has performed the Atonement for us through living a perfect life and suffering in our behalf. Knowing that I can daily repent and keep trying motivates me to want to always be willing to do whatever He asks, beginning with honoring Him by keeping His commandments. Just as I know that I will someday see and be with my brother, I know that I will also see the Lord Jesus Christ. It is my greatest hope and desire to live worthy to be with Him and our loving Heavenly Father in the eternities ahead and with my dear husband, family and loved ones. I know this is His ultimate hope and plan for me because He loves me. I am certain that Jesus Christ’s true Church is upon the earth once again, restored through His authority and power and by the hand of the prophet Joseph Smith. Just as Isaiah prophesied, The Book of Mormon came forth from the earth, was translated by the gift and power of God, and is a second witness with the Holy Bible that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. I have read it many times and have a profound spiritual witness that it is true. God loves us. John 3:16 speaks volumes regarding this truth. This eternal perspective gives me great peace and joy.

How I live my faith

After graduating from college I began teaching school in a delightful 3rd grade classroom. In time, although marriage was first in my priorities, I felt a strong feeling that I should serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was a decision made with faith because I knew it would delay my prospects of marriage and family. However, I did follow this strong spiritual prompting to serve as a missionary and was sent to Argentina. It was there that I met my future husband who was also serving a mission. Although our paths barely crossed in Argentina, we later both lived in the same state and city when he left his home in the east to come west to pursue a master’s degree. We reconnected, fell in love and were married in an LDS temple. The Lord blessed me with the best of husbands after I willingly followed His plan for me. Although we faced the great disappointment of not being able to have children due to a medical condition that I have, we later adopted five children from Costa Rica and are now grandparents of ten. Once again, the Lord’s plan has blossomed forth in my life, very different from the plan I had… but a plan full of many surprises and wonderful blessings. I have learned to trust His will and His timing. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am striving to live as a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I love serving people by helping in the church and in the community. Giving service is at the very heart of how I strive to live my faith.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Sandy
As I have had the privilege of serving two full-time missions, one with my husband who served as a mission president, I am well aware of how the activities of Mormon missionaries are funded. I would first say that they are funded by the faith of the missionaries and their families. Each family of a young missionary willingly pays a set amount of money each month, significant in the sacrifice it represents, but not unreasonable. This amount does not come close to the amount of money required to support a missionary each month. The rest is provided by the sacred tithing funds of the Church. All active and faithful members willingly pay tithing each month, 10% of their income. It is such a blessing and privilege to give to the Lord 10% when He then blesses the other 90% of our income. In this way, we all can help move the Lord's work forward. It is such a joy to contribute to helping others learn of the great plan of salvation. Show more Show less