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Hi I'm Skyler

I'm a college student studying nutrition. I'm a concert pianist who sees God's love in music. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small farming community in northern Utah, in a home centered around the love of Christ. My parents taught me the value of hard work and instilled in me a love of serving others through their examples. Being the oldest of four kids, I quickly learned responsibility and developed a deep love for my family. I'm currently a college student who is studying nutritional science. Being healthy and taking care of my body is important to me. I love playing sports, especially baseball. I also enjoy music and have performed in cities from New York City to Washington, D.C. to Provo, Utah. I've been a part of the Residence Halls Association (the largest student-run organization in the United States) for four years now. Watching incoming college freshmen transform into student leaders is one of the most rewarding things of my college career.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS church and my family have been members since the formation of the church. However, I have a conversion story just like everyone else. It didn't happen all at once, but over time I began to learn for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a true church, and that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Many times I would receive these impressions as I was quietly pondering about gospel topics and as I dedicated time to reading the scriptures and saying my prayers. As I am currently pursuing a college degree and learning more about the world around me, I can't help but notice God's hand in all His creations. From physics to chemistry to physiology, my testimony is only strengthened as I realize that even the smallest miscalculation could end life on earth as we know it. Something as complex as the human body could never be created out of an accidental combination of atoms. There is no doubt in my mind that we have a loving Father in Heaven who cares about us with a perfect love that we can't even begin to imagine.

How I live my faith

Sunday is my favorite day of the week because I know that I can join fellow Mormons in church, worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ. I am currently in a young single adult ward, which is comprised mostly of college students and young adults just beginning their careers. I'm always strengthened by the love my ward members have for each other and the service that they render for those in need. I've served in callings such as Sunday school teacher and accompanist for the ward choir. I am currently the music chair, which puts me in charge of the music for Sunday meetings. Music plays an important part in LDS worship services and seems to magnify the Spirit felt in church meetings.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

There is a saying that goes, "Cleanliness is next to godliness." Keeping our bodies healthy and free of harmful substances allows us to have a clean dwelling place for the Spirit. Defiling our bodies with drugs, alcohol, or an excessive amount of sweets and fats has an adverse affect on our spirits- we not only feel miserable on the outside, but on the inside as well. Additionally, our bodies are gifts from our Heavenly Father. By taking care of our bodies, we show appreciation for that gift and our respect for His creations. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All worthy, able, male members of the church are asked to go on missions. However, not all of us are able to serve because of health issues or other factors. I was not able to go on a two year mission as many young men my age do. This hasn't diminished my testimony in any way; in fact, my testimony has only been strengthened as I have felt God's love for me and have had life experiences that I wouldn't have had any other way. God truly does know what is best for us and only wants to help us learn and grow, even if the path seems difficult at the time. Show more Show less