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Hi I'm Sylvia

I grew up under Arizona's warming sun. I came from a big family that enjoyed activities and holidays together. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother of 5 beautiful children. I have an amazing husband. Our children each have wonderful spouses, and they have given us, so far, 18 gorgeous grandchildren. My family is my life. After having my first four children (which were daughters), I went back to college and received my bachelor of arts degree in education. A year later we had our boy! Raising these children has been my biggest joy. My husband and I have been very blessed. I have also had the opportunity to be an influence in a small way to hundreds of other children. I have been teaching school for the last twenty years. Most of my teaching has been in junior high school as an Algebra Teacher. The youth have played a big role in my life. I enjoy the out of doors and love hiking up mountains and down into canyons, especially the Grand Canyon with my children. Road trips anywhere, the longer the better, is also a joy of mine. I enjoy staying home too. Sitting on the front porch in the early morning with a good book or crocheting an afghan for an anticipated grandchild brings serenity. Life is busy, so those treasured times don't come often enough. I love my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in His church. From a very young age I knew that Heavenly Father loved me. I also knew that my Savior Jesus Christ was there for me and I could and wanted to follow Him. I remember as a very young child sitting in church and looking at the beautiful painting depicting Christ visiting the people in the Americas soon after He was resurrected. I wished that I could have been there too. I felt His love for the children and for me. I also experienced as a child praying fervently to Heavenly Father, and He answered my prayers. My testimony of prayer continued to be with me as I grew and experienced trying times throughout my teenage years. The comfort of knowing I was watched over kept me ever faithful to my belief. Then later as I raised my own children that same comfort came to me many times as I plead to the Father for his guidance in knowing what best to do for them. The knowlege of my Savior and the sweet love I have felt and continue to feel from my Father in Heaven help me to stay strong and know that the path of following the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the right one. I always knew that I wanted to find a man with the same belief so that we could raise our own family and teach them to know and love our Heavenly Father and the Savior in the same way. I am grateful that our five children with their spouses are also striving to raise their children to follow the perfect example of Jesus Christ. I thank my dear parents for teaching me this in the beginning and raising me to know my Redeemer. I am truly blessed.

How I live my faith

I love the people of my community. We serve each other. When we find that someone is ill or needs assistance, the people come together to help. I often work with the youth. Right now I spend time with 10 and 11 year-old girls teaching them homemaking skills like cooking, sewing, and serving others. They are sweet and caring young ladies. I love to visit people, especially the elderly. They have so much to offer, so many years of experience and have lots of knowledge to share. Sometimes they can be overlooked, so I make an effort to fortify my knowlege and experiences by spending time with them. My husband and I go together to visit people in our area, sometimes taking them food or giving service. But whenever we go to serve, we always come back feeling that we are the benefactors. We find that the more we give and serve, the more we receive.