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Hi I'm Sylvia

I've lived all my life in Scotland. I've been a Mormon since I was a teenager.

About Me

I'm a parent of 6 and grandparent of 20 so family committments keep me very busy, which is the way I like to be. When I get time I like to read (autobiographies and politics) or work on local and family history.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child attending a Protestant church I was taught that those who weren't baptised and who didn't accept or even have the chance to hear about God, would go to hell, including those who died in infancy. This bothered me quite a lot and didn't fit with the concept of a loving and fair God. As a teenager I questioned the purpose of life on earth and wondered what I was here for and if anyone was really in charge of what was going on. Having looked into the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I found large missing parts of the jig-saw which quickly made up a complete picture. I had not found these truths in any other Christian Church I attended. Particularly comforting was that those who do not hear about God and Jesus Christ in this life will be taught after they die and will have the same chance to accept or reject, as those who received these truths during their lifetime. I was baptised a Mormon at age 17 and have attended church regularly ever since.

How I live my faith

I'm involved with a local interfaith group which includes people from six major religions. We try to promote interaction and trust between those of different faiths. Since I'm naturally a shy person, being a member of a lay church has given me many opportunities to build confidence and be less fearful in interacting with others, especially those who have a different set of beliefs or values to myself. I have had lots of church service opportunities which have helped me learn new and varied skills such as reporting, flower arranging, researching, organising cultural events or community service projects, singing in a choir, teaching, motivating, public speaking, etc. Even today in my senior years I am doing things I never dreamed of. I am a full-time church volunteer along with my husband for a period of three years in overseeing the work of of a missionary area involving around 200 missionaries over three countries. Even thinking about that a few years ago would have made me physically and emotionally ill but I am loving it. The best counsel that I received from a church leader was to be myself and not compare myself unfavourably with others. This gave me the courage to get on with the job and just do my best. A lesson I wished I had taken to heart many years ago!