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Hi I'm Skylar

...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for a little over 3 years now. I am 20 years old. I have been married to the love of my life for 2 1/2 years now, and we have 2 beautiful boys who are 21 mo and 9 mo old. I am a stay at home mom, and I think I have one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs in the world. Growing up, I thought I would never (or at least not for a LONG time) get married, much less have children. I was training for the Olympics in Short Track Speed Skating, and had been to multiple World Championships representing the USA.

Why I am a Mormon

A little over 3 years ago, I was a professional Short Track speed skater trying to make an Olympic team training in Long Beach, CA. I was 16 years old, living by myself and working a part time job to support myself, as well as training 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. I really didn't have a stable place to live, so my very good friend and co-worker told me I could move in with her. So I did. I slept on the floor and added to the house total of kids making it 6 of us plus her parents. One Sunday, my friend asked me to go to Church with her. I did not want to go, but she eventually talked me into it. I was not a spiritual person, and I didn't even know if I believed in God or anything. But I agreed to try it. The first time I went, I had missionaries talk to me about this Church, why it is different from other Churches, and the lifestyle that goes along with being a member. I tried to keep an open mind about it, but I kind of thought that it seemed intense. But again, I gave it a chance, I kept going, and kept learning more. I had read parts of the Bible before, but I figured if I was really going to give this Church a chance, I needed to read the other scripture they had, The Book of Mormon. I wasn't sure how I felt about there being another scripture besides the Bible, but they assured me that the Bible is JUST as important as the Book of Mormon. So I began to read, wanting to know if in fact this Book was true, and this man named Joseph Smith really did find these words written on golden plates and got it translated and printed on paper. As I read, I didn't feel anything special or positive or negative, I was just reading a book. I pondered the thought that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God and that everything happened the way he said it did, but I still didn't know what I believed. Then I got to watch this wonderful video called "The Journey of Faith". It talked about all the evidences of the Book of Mormon, and how there was no way that Joseph Smith could have made up the things I read in this scripture, or the events that happened to him. (I encourage all to watch this video.) At this point I was really feeling like I wanted to know FOR SURE if all this was true or not. I asked the missionaries how I could know, and they said it would just be a feeling, that one day, I would just know it, like I know the sky is blue. I thought that was silly and I began to get frustrated. One night I was reading the Book of Mormon and I just got down on my knees and began sobbing. I wanted so bad to know once and for all if this was true. If there WAS another book of scriptures. If the man Joseph Smith really did see God and his son Jesus in a vision. If there really are prophets called of God today on the earth. If this Church was really the True Church, restored from Jesus' time. And that night, on my knees, beside the bed, I got my answer. I felt a feeling that is so hard to describe, but it was a strong "burning" sensation in my heart, and I knew at that point that it all was true. No told me it was true and for me to just believe them. I wouldn't have believed them. I needed to know for myself, and to get the answer for myself. And I did. I knew it just like the missionaries said. I can't really explain the feeling other than I just KNEW. And I was so happy to KNOW! I decided to get baptized and to become a member, and to this day it was the BEST decision of my life. After my baptism, I continued on the path and following the Plan of Salvation. I soon got married to my amazing husband, who has been a member of this Church all his life and also served a mission for the Church for 2 years. Since I had not been a member of the Church for only a few months, we got married outside of the Temple, but with that goal of being sealed together as a forever family in our near future. Soon after our wedding, I became pregnant with our first child. After my year mark of being a member of the Church, I prepared to enter the Temple and recieve my ordinances I needed to recieve and then be sealed to my husband for all Time and Eternity. Right before our Sealing date, our sweet child surprised us and arrived early so we went to the Temple with our 5 day old son, for all three of us to be sealed together forever. That was the happiest day of my life. My children, my husband, and our life together, is a testament of the blessings received when we make the right decision and do what our Father asks. I am so glad I made the decision to investigate the Church and find out if it was right and true. I promise you that I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus' church here again on the earth today. I know that we have a prophet today named Thomas S. Monson, and he is our direct link to Heavenly Father. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and everyone on the earth. I know that He sent His son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior, That we might be able to return to Heavenly Fathers presence again one day. I know that My brother, Jesus Christ, has felt all the pain and burdens that each person, living and dead, has felt, and that he is with me no matter what. I love the Church, what it has done for me, and I hope that I can be a good example of Christ and have his light shine though me. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I try to life my faith to the best of my abilities every day. I teach my children of Jesus and his love and sacrifice for us. My older boy knows how to fold his arms reverently and close his eyes when it is time to pray. These small, tender moments are what reaffirms all my teaching is sinking in. We are all not perfect, but every attempt to be more like our Brother Jesus is recognized and appreciated by our Heavenly Father. I try to be an example to the rest of my family who are not members of this Church, by following the advice and wisdom the Prophets of today and of old. I try to read my scriptures daily, pray frequently, and live my life as if Jesus was standing right beside me approving everything I do.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I love this question as the Temple is a place that I love to go to, and try to go as frequently as possible. The temple has many different purposes, but the main purpose is for us as worthy members of the Church to be able to go there, and to receive sacred ordinances that we have been commanded by our Heaenly Father to receive. Also, it is the place where we and our loved ones are sealed together as a family forever. The other purpose of the Temple is a place where we can preform those sacred ordinances in the name of family members who have passed on from this life. This is the part that is very dear to me, as I am the only member of the Church in my family. So I am able to be baptized in the name of my ancestors, which gives them the opportunity to accept this gospel and its truths, on the other side, just like I had the opportunity in this life with the missionaries. It is still their decision, but I am able to have those ordinances done for them if their decision is Yes. Lastly, the Temple is the house of the Lord. He resides there, and his presence can be felt there, more than any other place on Earth (and I have been a many places in my years of traveling) It is a place that every member of this Church should desire to go, and non-members as well! Show more Show less