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Hi I'm Syd

mom, wife, infowarrior, former foster mom, ethnologist, budgetter

About Me

I am the happy wife and mother of 8. Just prior to motherhood I completed a bachelor's degree and continue to be an avid student of the scriptures and other great wisdom from where ever I can find it. Most learning now comes as I read to my children or research solutions. I enjoy playing the piano, poetry, gardening, studying Spanish, speaking German, dancing, creating, and watercoloring in my rare spare time. Most of my time is spent trying to help our kids, making our budget work, and turning our home into the place we need it to be. Home remedies and self-reliance are topics of interest. I have a passion for politics stemming from a personal fight for freedom we had in our local HOA. I love outdoors, quiet time, helping, knowledge, the Lord, cooking delicious or ethnic foods, watching plants grow, long talks, creating things, rocking sleeping babies, freedom, independence, date night, the temple, dear friends, fun or classical music, hearty laughs, conquering challenges, extended and immediate family time, and watching our children progress and play happily together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was given a knowledge of the existence of God and his love for me and all people in my youth. Likewise, I sought and was given a witness of the reality of our Savior in my early 20s in a precious experience at the Sea of Galilee. I have always tried to be a "good girl" and as I have tested/lived the principles of the gospel that were taught in my youth I have come to find and understand their wisdom and value. I honor biblical/modern/& Book of Mormon prophets, Joseph Smith, and the other Saints of all eras of the world who sacrificed all they had to preserve the truths that I am able to enjoy today. I have seen many wise and true principles explained in the scriptures that have guided my life and I continue to live them and gain further understanding and appreciation of the wisdom of the Lord.

How I live my faith

I have avidly studied the scriptures for many years and have spent years serving my fellow saints and others by sharing my music abilities, visiting, volunteering, sharing knowledge, teaching, watching children, cooking meals, cleaning, organizing activities, bookkeeping, etc., and filling in for various vacancies. I currently work with the toddlers at church. In my youth I decided to devote 1 1/2 years of my life to serving the Lord as a full-time missionary. It was a difficult and wonderful time, where I was given a depth and an understanding of life and the gospel of our Lord that I continue to draw upon. I currently devote most of my time to trying to raise our children up in the way of the Lord to become responsible, kind, capable, faithful, and wonderful people. I love prayer and frequently do it "on the fly", and get involved in various service opportunities with neighbors, friends, and fellow Latter-day Saints. I continue to study the scriptures and the gospel of our Lord in our frequent family scripture study, weekly family home evenings, trips to the temple, and church attendance. I anxiously await the day the Savior returns again.

What is the priesthood?

Syd
The priesthood is a call to serve others and the authority to perform important holy ordinances and administrate in the Lord's church. It is a way of helping men become righteous and saintly while they use it to serve everyone around them via blessing those who are sick or afflicted, etc. God allows some of his children as righteous priesthood holding men to do the kinds of things He would do if He were here. The blessings and ordinances priesthood-holders perform help others to overcome their problems, serve more effectively, and learn to access the Lord's help. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Syd
My great, great, great grandmother was a polygamist. She immigrated as a late teenager and would have had little opportunity to find a righteous and good husband had she not married my great, great, great grandfather as his third wife. When he first proposed she deliberated for a year before she agreed to marry him. She raised 8 children mostly on her own, since her husband died before their last child was born. The legacy she left continues to inspire me to be stronger and better. I believe she was a polygamist wife for the benefit of her posterity. Show more Show less