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Hi I'm Sylvia

I'm a daughter, sister, wife, mother of seven, grandmother, teacher, and follower of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother, with five daughters, two sons, and five wonderful grandsons, as well as the three wonderful people who have joined our family as "in-laws." I am a retired middle school science teacher. I loved teaching in school, but now am blessed to have opportunities to teach within the church. I have been blessed to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life since birth. I love to read, quilt, write, play the piano, and do things with my family. I am involved family history research, researching my ancestors, and helping with indexing records so others may find their ancestors. I serve in church with children ages 18 months to 12 years of age.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I was a Mormon because that is what my family was. There came the time when I needed to know for myself if this was the choice I wanted for my adult life. I did as Joseph Smith did. On my knees, I asked if this church was His Church. My prayers were answered, with a sweet, calming, and overwhelming assurance that I was walking in His footsteps. This is His Church, restored in the last days, with the authority Christ gave His apostles, led by a prophet and apostles today. The more I study the scriptures, the words of the Prophet and apostles, pray, and serve in His church, the stronger my testimony grows. He lives! He loves each of His children! Today, we face great turmoil on the earth. Each day, it seems, brings new challenges. Men seek to change the laws of God. I am grateful for a living prophet, who, as did Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, provide guidance for us at this time. I am grateful to be able to pray to my Father, whether spoken with my voice or in my heart, and receive His peace. Each day, I feel His love, and know He knows me, individually. I receive the gentle peace of the Spirit, assuring me that I am following His way. I am grateful for the sealing ordinances of the temple, for the promise that when death separates me from my dear husband, it will be only temporary, for our marriage was performed in the temple for time and for all eternity. Because of those sealing ordinances, I know I will be reunited with my sister and other loved ones who have died. I treasure the assurance that I can be part of an eternal family, unbroken by the bondage of death. I know, and look forward to the day, when He will return to rule and reign upon the earth. He will establish a righteous government. In that day, I will rejoice.

How I live my faith

I am so blessed to live in this day. There are so many opportunities for growth and service. For most of my life, I have served in music, as a teacher, and at Young Women's Camp. I have served a church service mission with my husband, living in our own home, working, and serving on Sundays in a congregation with special needs. Today, I serve with the children ages 18 months to 12 years of age. Each Sunday, I love to hear the children tell of reading their scriptures at home. On Sunday, I worship with my husband, friends, and sometimes, my children and/or grandchildren. I seek to spend time each day reading His words from the scriptures. As a public school teacher, I tried to be an example of my beliefs in my words, dress, and actions. I continue this behavior as a retired school teacher, with people I meet in my daily activities, when traveling, and at church. I strive to live as He would have me live.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

The world around me testifies of a wise, intelligent Creator. As a science teacher, I know the theories that are taught concerning the origin of our world. However, the more I learn, the more I see the hand of God in all that surrounds me. The intricate design of a flower, the complexity of the universe, the diversity of the animal kingdom, the amazing bodies given to His children could not be an "accident". Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

When someone has a question, she seeks for answers from other people, books, the Internet, libraries, or personal study. When a person wants to know if the Gospel is, or to receive guidance for how to live, she can go in faith to God in prayer. He loves His children, and wants them to have all they need to complete their purpose on earth. If you want to know if this is Christ's church, you, too, may receive this testimony, or witness. Study the doctrine, then seek the Lord in humble prayer, believing that He will answer, and you, too, will feel the Spirit testify to your heart and mind, of the truth of this work. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

When we die, it is not the end of who we are. Our spirit goes to the spirit world, where we continue to learn and progress. Death is NOT the end. In fact, it is a new beginning. There we will not be burdened with the pains and suffering we experienced while living on earth. The physical, mental, and emotional problems that are part of earth life will be over. I am grateful for the knowledge that life does not end. Recently, my sister died after suffering from the day of her birth with physical disabilities that became progressively more limiting. Because of covenants made in the temple sealing our family eternally, I know that if I am faithful, I will be with her again. I will be able to speak to her, enjoy her loving spirit, hear her jokes, and rejoice in the knowledge that we will never again be parted. One day, we will be resurrected. Our spirit and body will be reunited, just as a glove (the body) and a hand placed in the glove (the spirit) allow the glove to perform its function, we will be whole and complete. How grateful I am to my Savior, Jesus Christ, for breaking the bands of death, for His victory over the grave. In that day, I shall rejoice. Show more Show less