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Hi I'm Sylva Christenson

I'm from SLC, UT. I taught English 22 yrs. I have been married 42 yrs. I love grandchildren and Zumba. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college Phi Beta Kappa with an Honors BA degree and secondary teaching certificate. I then earned a Masters in Education. I taught high school English 22 years and am now retired. I read voraciously, and enjoy attending book group. I go to the gym 6 days a week and take classes like Body Pump, spinning and Zumba. I love to be outdoors walking or hiking. I go cross country skiing every winter. I also love to cook, especially breads. I love to travel and enjoy the mountains and the coasts. I always like to go to Disney World and Disneyland. My children and grandchildren are my treasures. My newest interest is to jeep off road in Moab, Utah. I love the red sandstone cliffs and desert scenery in southern Utah.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon not only because I was born into a Mormon family, but because I have my own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and I have received a witness that it is the word of God. I have lived the principles of tithing and the Word of Wisdom and have found them to be true. I have served in the Church and attended meetings where I know I hear true doctrine. The Knowledge that I have about Heavenly Father's plan for me gives me peace and makes me happy. I know that through the ordinances of the temple I can have an eternal marriage and family associations in the next life. Being a Mormon brings me joy and happiness and the gospel has answers to all my questions.

How I live my faith

I was brought up in a home where my parents kept the Sabbath day holy. They are faithful members of the Church. We attended church meetings on Sunday and then visited cousins and grandparents. We always had a pot roast or meatloaf for dinner. Sometimes we went for a drive in the country. My father donated generously to the poor by giving fast offerings and supporting missionaries. My parents have ancestors who joined the church in England and Scotland and immigrated to America. Some of them crossed the plains with covered wagons on their way to Utah. I live my faith by following the example of my parents and grandparents. I attend my church meetings and accept callings to serve. I have taught many church classes and served as a leader in all the organizations. I work in the temple once a week and I sing in the choir. I live my faith by remembering the words of a Primary song: If the Savior stood beside me would I do the things I do? I try to live what I believe. I want to have faith, hope, and charity. I want to serve others. I need to let my light shine and have a positive influence in the family and community.