My name is Cindy G
Occupation: Seamstress by trade
Favorite Food: Favorite food is anything served and prepared beautifully.
Hobbies: I love to travel and be creative and have and go to parties with friends…..parties with great food and visiting.
Favorite Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Favorite Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King
I’ve been through two divorces…was faithful to two unfaithful spouses, but life goes on. I have two amazing kids that are my joy. I love to travel, bargain shop and create for clients, friends, and family usually through sewing. I made my daughter a quilt of all her old tees from Comic Con and other events in her life. She cried tears of joy! That’s the kind of thing I love to create.
What brings you the greatest happiness?
My greatest happiness is when I am serving others and equally, when I am with my two happy adult children.
Being faithful and attending church makes me Happy. My LDS faith requires the members to run our church for free. So I get so much more out of my activity there serving others.
When I’m sad, I serve and forget my sadness. I know what the outcome of life and death is so it gives me goals to work towards being my best! You have to be positive where you are. I’ve let go of stresses from the past and that helps me go forward more positively.
How has one of your spiritual gifts and talents benefited your life?
I have a gift of reading people so I’m staying around those that build me up and are happy and positive. Last year, I decided to cleanse myself of people who dragged me down. This has truly been the happiest year of my life!
Cindy’s Conversion Story
My parents were always very active in church. My dad was a religion professor at BYU. We had family night for years before it was actually required I guess you could say, and we’d have a lesson in the living room with all six kids and my mom and dad. He did give us gospel lessons on a younger level because we were little kids at the time and so I knew the basics.
I knew the gospel principles because of my dad’s teachings but I really needed to know for myself. For years, basically, I guess I lived off their testimonies. During my college years while listening to a talk, I received a witness to myself letting me know that the gospel was true and all the things I’ve been doing all these years were righteous and I was on the right path. It was kind of a warm glow feeling. I had my scriptures with me and I wrote the date down in my little scriptures that my grandma had given me for high school graduation.
I have been through hard times. I just have learned from my parents’ example to serve others and that takes your mind off the bad things and you get more involved in helping someone else. I’ve read all the scriptures and I’m just finishing Jesus the Christ. I just know it’s true. This is very simple to me and I understand.
We lived in Jerusalem Israel for six months on the BYU semester abroad while my dad was in charge of twenty-something students. It was amazing to read the scriptures and then go out the next day and actually see the actual spot where it happened. I also lived in Vermont for a couple summers and did the same thing–went to the actual spots where Joseph Smith saw God the Father and the Son, and other very historic spots for events that happened. My little brother was baptized in the Susquehanna River where we feel that Joseph Smith was also baptized. We saw where these church events happened, the Kirtland temple, Nauvoo temple site and other historic church places, so when I read the scriptures I think of these places I’ve been to. It’s been such a blessing in my life to go and see these places. It has helped build my testimony.
I know the church is true. I know that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, visited Joseph Smith. There’s been a lot of things happen or people that have tried to ruin that and try to cut it down, but it is true and I know it and nothing will keep me from not knowing that.
How do you know when you’ve received answers to prayers?
When I receive an answer from prayer it is a simple, good feeling I’m on the right path….not some big glorious star-spangled event, but a simple quiet affirmation that I’m going in the right direction. My dad always said if it feels right do it! I do pray for righteous desires and do all on my part to work towards that. If it isn’t right, then it doesn’t happen.
What are ways you share the Gospel with your family and those around you?
I live my life as I am and that’s my example. People ask me why are you so happy? Why are you always so positive? Then that opens them up and I can explain and I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know what my goals are and where I’m going. There’s life after death and that gives me something wonderful to live for.
My greatest accomplishment is probably living a happy life and helping others so that their lives can be happy too. I’m a member of the largest women’s organization in the world. It’s called the Relief Society. We do good and service for women all over the world and there’s something to be said for that.
What is your hope/wish/prayer for all women?
I would hope that we can all live together in peace, but the way the world’s going, it’s not happening that way. So I realized I’ve just got to live in my own little bubble and be happy there, even when there’s great stress and wars and horrible things happening all around us.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.