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Hi I'm Sydney

I'm a writer. I'm an artist. I'm a nerd. I'm a mormon!

About Me

I'm the youngest of three girls in my family. I love writing screenplays and poetry. I also enjoy art, mainly sketching and oil painting. love collecting old things, especially old books and furniture. My mom and I love going to antique stores and I'm a frequent at used book stores. I hope one day to acquire my own Remington typewriter in working condition. I love watching old movies and period films. If you haven't guessed reading is also a favorite hobby of mine. I enjoy everything from the classics of poetry to comic books. Some of my favorite books include Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and of course the Book of Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

It just made sense. There is so much beautiful design in the universe and so little chance that it happened and that we exist with sentience to perceive these notes of designs coincidentally. Their had to be a designer of this universe. It also made sense that consciousness, the intelligence we enjoy in our lives, existed before and would continue to exist after we die. So with those two principles in mind; that there was an designer of this universe and that the essence of who we are could not die the, the question became what were we doing on this earth? What was the purpose of this life? The answer surely lay with the designer. I knew that there were only two real motivations in this world, fear and love. Fear made little sense, given that only a being of immense power could create the beauty that surrounded me. I was left with love and in love I found Christ. He died for our sins, our mistakes, and all he asks of us in return is our repentance. If that is not love, I've been using the term terribly wrong. The acknowledgement of Christ brought on new questions. If Christ loved us so, than would he really stop sending us revelation? If he died for the whole world, would he only visit a small portion of it? The short and only answer is no. That isn't what love is and that isn't how it is shown. Thats why I am mormon, because it is through this gospel we still receive his word. God and Christ have not abandoned us. They speak to us through prophets and the holy ghost. That makes sense to me.

How I live my faith

I try my best to draw closer to Christ and though I'm not perfect the LDS faith draws me closer than anything else. I live my faith by trying to serve those around me and studying my scriptures.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

The best and most profound thing I've ever heard concerning the identity of our Father in Heaven is that it is impossible to know our Heavenly Father if we do not know Christ. They are one in will and love. So my advice would be to study the scriptures, which testify of Christ, and to pray through Christ to our Heavenly Father. Once you know Christ, of his mission and purpose, you will know the love of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I consider myself a feminist and a Mormon and I have never felt in my life that those two attributes contradict. I've had many people ask me if I have felt oppressed as a woman in the Mormon church by not having the priesthood and my answer is a resounding no. Though priesthood is only given to males the church has never made me feel less because of it. In fact I have felt nothing but praise and love for my divine attributes as a woman. God has delegated his power to men and women. To men he has given his authority and to women he has given his power to create life. Both are equally important in God's plan for happiness. So I don't feel oppressed, especially in a church with women in leadership positions in the relief society (a part of the church made specifically for women in 1842) and primary (a part of the church made to teach children). I have felt nothing but Christ love for me as a woman in his restored church. Show more Show less