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Hi I'm Sylvia

An average American, I grew up in the Midwest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Just beginning the Grandma stage of life, I see myself as a typical American. I juggle a part-time job as a substitute teacher with Mom duties for my remaining child at home and the six who have grown and gone. In between helping with homework, volunteering for field trips and fielding phone calls for how to treat the flu or how to make hamburger gravy I tend my house and garden, make lunch for my husband and even manage to read a book or two.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I am a sixth-generation descendant of Utah pioneers, I questioned everything about my upbringing and the values I had been taught after a painful divorce left me a single parent with several small children. While there were times when I looked for God in the services of other churches, I still primarily attended the Mormon church, including listening to the semi-annual broadcast from Salt Lake City's Temple Square in May and October. We refer to this broadcast, which church members across the globe in every congregation participate in, as General Conference. There are four main sessions, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The First Presidency of the Mormon Church always speaks during one or more of the sessions. One of those conferences, then-President Benson told us again of the blessings to be obtained from reading the Book of Mormon. I thought to myself, "Yeah, right. Lehi and his family crossing the ocean really has nothing to do with me," but I began to read the Book of Mormon out loud to my children each night before they fell asleep. I was lonely and frightened, poor financially and poor in spirit. As I read the words, a wave of Heavenly love swept over me. I knew that God was aware of my circumstances and that He had given me powerful words to live by in the book I held in my hands. I read about Jesus Christ. I read about His followers. I read about persecutions and forgiveness and about families of all kinds--some successful, some so hateful they tried to kill each other off. I re-read the Sermon on the Mount as it was preached to the Nephites. "Blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me..." I turned my heart to those comforting words and have been trying to follow Jesus Christ ever since.

How I live my faith

I enjoy being involved in my church community, especially the choir. I've been a part of choir since I was a girl of 12 sitting next to my mother learning how to sing alto. These days I am the pianist. This is also thanks to my mother who insisted I take lessons!

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely! As a young girl, I read the New Testament before I read the Book of Mormon. We used to sing a little song that said, "Tell me the stories of Jesus, I love to hear..." I do love to hear to hear them, and what better place to find the stories of Jesus than the Bible? One of the best-loved books of my youngest child was a board book telling about Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, David and Goliath, Jesus healing the sick, Jesus walking on water, and so many more. Now a pre-teen, he and I are currently reading an illustrated version of the Old Testament, including footnotes and commentary. Show more Show less