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Hi I'm Sydney

I'm an athlete. I'm a prankster. I'm a beach-lover. I'm a pearl-wearing southerner, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in North Carolina, raised on barbeque, football, and family beach trips. I am an only child, but was fortunate enough to grow up close to both sets of grandparents and all thirty something of my aunts and uncles. I fell in love with sports at a young age, and that became my outlet all through my growing up years. I got my start in gymnastics, and in high school I played Varsity soccer and took fourth in the state in pole vault. Aside from athletics, I also love to sing and play the piano. I am currently a student at Brigham Young University, and loving every minute of my cougar experience. (Snowboarding on the weekends isn’t too bad either.) I have a healthy appreciation for wit and sarcasm, I love sitting around and telling stories/laughing with my extended family, I live and breathe for spontaneity and adventure, I enjoy hiking or anything that happens outdoors, I love children (especially all 14 of my little cousins), I basically live in athletic shorts and t-shirts, I am obsessed with pictures, I am a sleep-aholic, and I love this life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me the happiest person in the world!!! It might sound difficult, and truly at times it can be, but it is not without purpose. Life was not designed to be easy, but it WAS designed to bring us joy. I have never experienced so much joy, happiness, and satisfaction as I have from knowing and living the teachings of this church. I can’t do life on my own. I need the help, guidance and assurance of my family, my friends, my church leaders, and most importantly my Heavenly Father. I love Him SO much, and I know He loves me, but the only way I can ever hope to adequately express my love for Him is through my actions. And so, I will spend the rest of my life trying to serve, to be humble, to be kind, to be meek, to be prayerful, to be diligent, to be wise, to be patient, to be submissive, to be a seeker of knowledge and truth, and to be faithful. I want to be the best person I can be; the person my Father in Heaven intended me to be, and being a Mormon pushes me to be that person.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by showing love to everyone I come into contact with. I live my faith by not compromising my standards, whether moral or otherwise, even when people mock or belittle them. I live my faith by using clean language, and choosing not to participate in sporting events on Sunday even when it meant sacrificing my spot on a highly ranked soccer team. I live my faith by giving of my time and talents, like when I coached the youth volleyball team, or volunteered as a leader for a week-long youth camp. I live my faith by keeping Jesus Christ and my family at the center of my life, and letting all other obligations come second.