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Hi I'm Saydee

I'm a history enthusiast, an aspiring writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Saydee! I am a freshman currently studying both History and Writing and Rhetoric. I'm typically the girl who would prefer to stay home and watch a WWII documentary than enjoy an evening out on the town, whether that be for better or for worse. And, I love Abraham Lincoln--I WILL be naming my first child after him. I'm also a huge fan of a delicious burger--double bacon cheeseburger and fry sauce anyone? I'm also a huge sports fan. I played basketball through high school until I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Being diagnosed with an ailment which is most common among the those with 60+ years under their belt was definitely hard to adjust to, especially since I was unable to manage the pain and was required to withdraw from the activities which my entire life revolved around. However, I soon turned to history to alleviate my restless mind, and the rest is, well, history.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the teachings of the LDS Church have brought me more joy and happiness in life than anything else I have come across. In high school, I had decided that being a Mormon simply wasn't for me--I had grown up a member my entire life and felt like I had been missing out on the opportunities the world had to offer me. Completely abandoning the principles I had been taught my entire life, I enjoyed the life frivolity, or at least I thought I did. Yes, there were times in which I laughed and smiled, but at the end of every night, I went to bed hating myself. I had struggled throughout most of high school with depression, and so when I decided to leave the Church, I imagined that it was simply my past struggles with the problem resurfacing. I sought counsel from friends, family and even asked for appointments to meet with trained professionals for therapy and medications. However, one day I decided to go back to what I had always been taught to do as a child: read the Book of Mormon and pray. The transformation in me was incredible; instantly I felt a joy that had been so long denied me because of my choices. As I realized the err of my ways, I plead earnestly for the Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ to heal me and forgive me. My problems didn't vanish at the first utterance of my prayer, but I left feeling whole. In time, my burdens were lifted by my Savior and I found a joy in life that comes from truly understanding that He loves me. I have not ever in my life experienced such joy, happiness, and hope than I have since I made the decision to return to Church--even though I have experienced some of the hardest challenges of my life since then. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches of our purpose here, in this life, and that has given me the strength to make it through all things with a smile (if not on my face, it is at least upon my heart). That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently preparing to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also frequently attend the Church run Institute program in which I attend a class dedicated to our gospel located on many college campuses.