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Hi I'm Sydney

I'm a daughter, a sister, and a missionary from the PNW serving in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Me

The first important thing to know about me is that my mom is my best friend. She means the world to me! I am currently serving in The Great Utah Salt Lake City Mission (aka the best mission ever). After my mission I plan on attending college at BYU-I and majoring in communications. I enjoy being spontaneous and spending time with my friends. I also love history, reading, singing, and looking up random trivia on IMDB. I am a movie fanatic. I try to be the best person I can be so that I can be a good example for my two younger brothers (I love the heck out of them). I'm on the sideline of all their games and I'm their number one fan. In the future I'd like to study abroad, use my degree to spread the gospel, get married in the temple, and become a mother. I hope to be an example to others and help share the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

When I turned eight I couldn't wait until my dad returned from Iraq so he could baptize me. I can't remember what was actually going through my mind, but whether it was "I know this church is true so I want to be a member" or "All my friends from church are getting baptized so I want to too!", I'm thankful for my decision. Even though I grew up in the church, I still had to have my own conversion. Over the years my testimony grew and grew, but still something I was seeking was missing. When I was 16 years old, I invited my friend to meet with the missionaries. During the lesson, there came a point when the missionaries turned and asked me to share my testimony of the Book of Mormon and how it has blessed my life. I sat there speechless because I realized I couldn't answer their question. I had never read it. This experiences rested in the back of my mind for over a year but I still never read it. When I was 17 years old and going through some really hard personal trials, that memory re appeared and I knew that reading the Book of Mormon would literally change my life and get me back on the right path I so desperelty needed to be on. In tears, I got on my knees and asked God if he was truly there and if he loved me. I asked him if the Book of Mormon was true and if this church could really make me happy. And then I began to read. It took me a couple months but in those months the change that took place in me was incredible. I was happy, I knew my individual worth and that God loved me. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true and that it was written specifically for our time, and for me. I got the answer to my prayer and that is when I would say that I was truly converted. This gospel has brought more happiness into my life than I ever could have imagined as a child when I was baptized. During the trails of my life, it has been the atonement of Jesus Christ that has given me the strength to over come them and endure to the end. The church IS true.

How I live my faith

I recently graduated from Seminary after attending classes for 4 years. I'm looking forward to beginning Institute. I am currently serving a mission in the Great Utah Salt Lake City Mission. I share my testimony with others, teach them about the restored gospel, and invite them to come unto Christ. I study my scriptures to learn more about the gospel and to increase my testimony. I strive to do what's right so that I can be a worthy representative of Jesus Christ. I'm not perfect....at all...but I use the atonement to start again and gain more strength to do better next time. I live my faith and try to be an example to those around me, especially my little brothers, so that they too can know of the true happiness and joy this gospel brings.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I'm currently a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I love it!! We share a message about Jesus Christ and His atonement and how that allows us to find joy and happiness in this life AND for eternity! We fund our own missions. For me, doing so required that I work two jobs my senior year and save as much as I could. Not only that, but it also means that I sacrifice the money I could've made in 18 months (the amount of time I will serve) if I had stayed home. Being a missionary is volunteer based, so there is no salary. It was hard but I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and it is well worth the sacrifice. Show more Show less