Hi I'm Sydney
I'm a young, bubbly 20-something with the drive to get out there and do something. My day starts bright and early at 4 am where I get to work with really awesome people. I work two jobs with my husband to help pay for all of our expenses, as we try to stay out of debt as much as possible. I go to school at BYU and I love it! I work hard to get the best grades that I can. I also love going to my husband's intramural games. Sometimes I even find time to do my homework. I love to swim and cook, and I look forward to being a mother someday.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon because I love this church and I believe it to be true. I have a testimony of prayer. I know that they are answered. When I'm alone, or afraid, or if I need direction, I know I can always go to the Lord and to my Heavenly Father for help. I know that the power of the Priesthood is real. I have received many blessings for my pains and struggles, and peace has always come to me. I know that Christ atoned for our sins and for our sorrows. He knows exactly how we feel. He wants us to be happy and to repent of our sins so that we can be able to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again some day. I know that life does not begin or end with this mortal life. We lived together with our Heavenly Father before birth and we have the opportunity to return when we die. I know we are all children of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and wants us to return to Him. I know that the standards we have are for our protection. They keep us from straying from the path. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have read it many times, and the teachings in it are all for our benefit, and are all true. I know that the Lord does not give us anything that we can't handle. Sometimes we may go through times that are difficult, and we may feel lost and alone. But God is always there for us. He loves us and wants us to try our best and to reach out to Him and come back to Him. He's waiting for us to come home.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
During the spring of 2012, I was going through a difficult time. I felt like I had done so many things wrong. I felt lost, afraid, and alone. So I hit my knees and prayed to my Heavenly Father, pleading with Him, that I would be able to feel the love He has for me and for the love that Christ has for me as well. The most beautiful and intense feeling overcame me. And then I knew, I knew without a doubt, that God loves me. God knows me. God knew exactly what I was going through and what I was feeling. And He still loved me. All He wanted was for me to come unto Him, to take adavantage of repentace and choose the right. I know prayers are heard and answered. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each of His children. He knows each of His children. And He hears every one of us.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
When I look at my new, little family, I feel an overwhelming sense of hope and joy. Its just me and my husband right now, but I know our family will grow. Sometimes we aregue and fight. Sometimes we just can't stand each other and that how normal couples are. But, in order to keep a strong bond with our loved ones, we need to heal those bruises from anger. We need to feel peace and give our love, even when we feel unwilling, too angry, or too frustrated to reach out and love. But loving one another is a wonderful thing because it softens your heart, but it also softens someone else's heart too. I think of our family, and I think of forever. Giving up isn't an option for me. I love my husband so much, I don't want to have one day out of the many thousands to come with him not by my side. The eternal perspective of a family, gives me a bigger picture. It makes not only me, but both of us work harder for our family. I wouldn't give my family up for anything. And knowing that the family is central to God's plan for us gives me comfort that I won't ever be separated from my family. Even death can't keep us apart.
How I live my faith
I strive to be someone that stands out from the crowd. I want to be that person that people can go to, someone that is kind, gentle, charitable. I want to be the crying-shoulder, the comforter, that friend who will always be there. I try to always have faith and hope, becasue being hopeful and having a positve attitude really helps to improve your life. I always try to see others how Christ would see them. He would look past the past the physical appearence and the outer image. He would look on the heart of the person, and love them for who they are. He would be forgiving, and would always be looking out for them and wanting the best. He would be there even when they slipped and fell, and would help them get back up again. This is the person I strive to be; to be Christ-like.