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Hi I'm Skye

I love art, music, literature, cooking, and hiking. I studied conservation biology. I'm an environmentalist and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of three, married to a man who's full of life and fun. We didn't meet until we were both nearly 28. Compared to many Mormons, I was almost an old maid. But I'm so glad I got to do the things I did--work in salmon canneries in Alaska, live on a kibbutz in Israel for 5 months, get a degree in conservation biology and work five seasons for the Park Service and Forest Service as a biology technician and wildfire fighter, and serve a mission in Argentina. I'm torn between science and the arts. I love both. After tramping around Utah, Washington, and California's wild places, I got my foot in the door at a publishing company, where I became a copy editor. When I was ready to have my first child at age 31, I left and began doing freelance copy editing at home. Now my youngest just started kindergarten, and I'll have more time to work. I may even get back into doing watercolor painting.

Why I am a Mormon

Alma in the Book of Mormon said in 83 BC, "Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. . . . I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself." From the time I was in high school, I wanted that for myself too. It took me a long time and a lot of anguish to find out, but I can say with Alma that I do know that the gospel of Christ is true. While living in Israel, I fasted and prayed to know the Mormon church was true. But I wasn't ready to listen, so I didn't get an answer then. I decided to start fresh--to try to forget all I'd grown up learning and see if I could come to it on my own. So I stopped praying, tried to think in different ways, stopped following the tenets of the church. I could feel myself slipping into an empty void. My lifestyle had caused the Holy Spirit to leave. But at my lowest point, I found that there was a God, because I could feel something outside of me, supporting me. Upon coming home, I decided to serve a mission for the church. I still didn't have my answer, but I had faith that it would come. I went to the Missionary Training Center to learn Spanish and how to teach the gospel. I wrote in my journal during that time, "Either Satan works very hard on me, or I am truly mentally unable of believing in and following the gospel." One of my teachers challenged me to make a leap of faith. After banishing negative thoughts for a time, I knew what my leap of faith would be--to stand in front of my peers during a testimony meeting and say that I knew the church was true, hoping to land on solid ground and not fall through an empty lie. And I DID IT! As soon as I said the words, the warmth and comfort of the Spirit enveloped me and buoyed me up. I was completely filled with pure joy. And I knew. It's been 20 years and I've never doubted since that moment.

How I live my faith

I think without my faith in Jesus Christ and in the truths I learn at church, I would be less of a mom. I would take hard times much harder. My husband is in Afghanistan working as a private contractor for a year, and I feel like we really are doing fine. It's a struggle, but I get the kids to church each week. They learn in their classes how to live in harmony with their family. That in itself is worth it! Having a church responsibility helps get us there. I'm the choir director, and I love it. I get to pick beautiful, challenging music for my 15 or so diehard choir members and help them create something inspiring to perform each month. Our songs help the members feel the Spirit during the meeting and be more receptive to what's being taught.