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Hi I'm Sylvia

I was born and raised in the United States of America and have been a Mormon since my birth.

About Me

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved the natural world and being physically active. I swam competitively as a pre-teen and teenager, studied piano and flute and loved playing playing with our family dog! I also loved learning and don't remember ever wishing I didn't have to go to school! I graduated from college with a nursing degree and worked for over 20 years as a nurse. Currently, I'm self employed as an organizing consultant. My hobbies and avocations include birdwatching, working in my garden, hiking, exercising, teaching yoga, and music.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who had also been members of the church their entire lives. My paternal and maternal roots extend back to many early converts to the church after it was restored and organized officially in 1830. I grew up attending regular Sunday worship and weekly meetings for children and youth. I always believed the scriptures, my parents and teachers. I learned to pray and study the scriptures and loved listening to our prophets, apostles, and other leaders teach the doctrines of the church. I have never doubted that it is true. I know that Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God who came to earth and lived a perfect, exemplary life, suffered for our sins, gave his life willingly through incomprehensible suffering, and rose a glorious, resurrected Being. I await anxiously the day when all will kneel and acknowledge Him and what He did for all mankind. I have no doubt that Joseph Smith saw God our Heavenly Father and the resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ, who commissioned him to restore the true and complete Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and bestowed upon him the gift of translation which culminated in the publishing of the Book of Mormon, another testament along with the Bible, of Jesus Christ our Savior.

How I live my faith

I have always been very involved at church. As an adult, I've even had the chance to learn to play the organ for our worship services. The real challenge is learning to pedal while playing the keys. Practicing the hymns and playing in church has helped me develop to a small degree, a new ability. Teaching the children on Sundays is what I currently do in addition to playing the organ. I absolutely love being around little children. They are so interesting, fun, and intelligent. I also like to help out with choirs and ensembles which add beautifully to the spirit of our church meetings. There are service projects, socials, and casual get togethers with ward members, all of which I enjoy. The ward is like a second family. I've been in this ward (congregation) and neighborhood for many years and treasure the associations I've had. All of the congregations I've been a part of since my youth have afforded me wonderful friendships and opportunities to learn and to serve others.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is a way of life I wouldn't trade for anything. Through the payment of tithes and offerings I can help those in need close to home and all over the world and help fund missionary work to spread the news about Jesus Christ. Sunday worship provides a renewal as I take the bread and water in remembrance of the Lord's sacrifice and re-commit myself to more devotedly follow his teachings. It means being at peace, knowing there is a purpose for life, and that although life is difficult and unfair in our human view to so many, we can have the assurance through faith in the Lord, that our trials are part of our eternal growth. It means regular prayer, reading and study of scriptures, regular worship, service, challenges, growth and progress. Show more Show less