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Hi I'm Sydnie

I have red hair, like jokes, and collect scarves. I believe life is best lived happily, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent college graduate, my studies there included sociology and the French language. I enjoy learning about people and society, but I thrive off of getting to know individuals. Standing at a whopping 5 feet and 1 inch I am often teased about my height, but I don't mind. Just as anybody else, I have endured many hard things, but like my height and red hair, those experiences have become part of my identity. My family isn't large and most certainly isn't perfect, but they are everything to me. I am the second of four children (with an older brother and two younger sisters). In 2007 Heavenly Father called my older brother home. I miss him every day, but I am so grateful for the peace the gospel brings to my heart in knowing that I will live with him again. As for my two sisters, we are so similar- yet so different from one another, which is probably why we are best friends. Then, the two people who have been with me every step of the way: to say that my parents are incredible just doesn't do it justice. With their faith apparent in their every action, it isn't hard to love them.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is not always easy to understand. As seasons change, time passes by, and people come and go sometimes it seems like consistency is unattainable. For me, I find solidarity in my religion. The gospel is my foundation. I have come to know that God is my Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior. I know that we have a great purpose to fulfill here on earth, God has a specific plan for each of us. Day after day I find something to be grateful for. Whether it is a simple kind deed a stranger performed for me, or witnessing a prayer be answered, I know that Heavenly Father is continually watching over me. I know that because He truly loves me, He wants me to be happy and that's why He has given the world His gospel. I know that by living it we will be able to return to live with him someday.

How I live my faith

I have been called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will be serving in the Canada Montreal Mission from February 2013 to August 2014. I couldn't be more thrilled to have the great opportunity to share with the world what makes me happy. Just like a lot of other things that we do in life, I know it won't always be easy, but it will be worth it.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serving a mission is considered a duty for young men and an option for young women. Recently the minimum age requirement was changed to 18 years old for brethren and 19 years old for the sisters. While it is more common to see sets of these young missionaries, senior couples and individuals are also encouraged to engage in full-time missionary work. The decision to serve a mission is often attributed to conversion and deep faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Leaving behind their families, schooling, and even career opportunities, missionaries choose to make the sacrifice for two years (Elders) and eighteen months (Sisters) on account that they might bring someone the gospel. We believe the scripture written in Doctrine and Covenants that says, "And if it so be that you should labor all your days [...] and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father" (D&C 18:15)! Because of a deep abiding love and appreciation for the Savior and His atonement and resurrection, missionaries acknowledge that the gospel can answer questions and bring peace to a turbulent world. Show more Show less