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Hi I'm Skyler

I grew up in Denver Colorado. I love having fun. I'm a college student studying Biology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Skyler and currently I am going to college studying Biomedical Engineering. Lots of people seem to think that science and religion can't go together but for me they only enhance one another. I am the second oldest of five kids so family has always played a big role in my life. I love people, especially my friends and love to have a good time. I've been told I can be slightly competitive and as such love playing most sports, especially tennis, basketball, baseball and ultimate frisbee. I also love music and play drums, piano and sing. Ever since i can remember I've always enjoyed being in the outdoors and nature. My favorite memories include backpacking, fishing and hiking in the mountains looking for wildlife. I just got back from serving a two year mission in Sacramento California where I was able to see how the teachings of Jesus Christ really affected the quality of my own life and also the life of those I was able to meet, especially in the Spanish community in which I served. It was an awesome experience. Well thats basically me. Usually I hate talking about myself so I hope you enjoyed that special treat. haha

Why I am a Mormon

Thats an excellent question. A lot of it attributes to being raised in the church with my parents. So maybe the better question is why I'm still a Mormon which is possibly a very good question considering most of my friends are not. In a simple way, its because I know its true. Growing up I always believed it, but maybe it was more based on the beliefs of my parents, rather than my own conviction. I can't say that there was one drastic event in my life that led me to the knowledge that this is God's church. Rather it was a whole slew of them. Gaining a testimony of The Book of Mormon while sitting under a tree studying about Jesus Christ, seeing how the gospel blessed my mom as she passed through a hard time, feeling the love of my Heavenly Father as I did those things that he has asked of us, all these things led to who I am today. So I guess thats why I'm a Mormon. Because God has been telling me and showing me this is true through my feelings. I know that the Book of Mormon along with the Bible is God's word. This book, more than any other single thing in my life has helped me gain my own personal testimony of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know he is my Redeemer and that I can trust in him. That by following him and building the foundation of my life on his teachings I can master this life and find peace. This knowledge came as I read the Book of Mormon. About two years ago I marked every reference of Jesus Christ or anytime he talked throughout the book and there are very few pages that not only have at least one mention, but many of him. I also love the Bible and its teachings of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being the best friend possible. By trying to help my friends and family out whenever possible. Whether it be a listening ear or just being their friend I try to do what God wants to help his children out. The keyword here is live. I try to live my faith by living. God wants us to be happy. He wants us to live our lives in a way that we will be able to find joy. He also set the guidelines for us to be happy. So thats what I do. I try to follow God the very best that I can and find joy in the journey. Since not following God often brings misery, I try to avoid it. Shockingly, I don't enjoy misery. So by helping others around me and finding the joy in my life, I follow God's plan for me and live my faith.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Skyler
Mormons are not required to serve a mission just like the apostles of Jesus Christ were not required to serve a mission. Rather a love of Christ and for our fellow men prompt many members of the church to serve a full time mission. In truth, there is an expectation that young men serve for two years as holders of the priesthood but many of my friends who are still active in the church did not serve and it is not necessary in order to be a member of the church. I did serve a mission for two years in Sacramento, California and those two years helped me to grow and strengthen my testimony in my Savior. Because of my experiences, I would encourage anyone thinking about serving to do it and find the joy in serving the Savior and "feeding his lambs" the word of God. Show more Show less