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Hi I'm Sydnee

I'm from Utah. I am serving a mission in Cancun, Mexico. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently going to college to become a nurse. I love writing, and I've self-published a young adult romance novel. I love to read, hike, exercise, and watch movies. My dream is to travel the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but the reason I am still a member is because I know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true. I read it from front to back when I was about twelve years old. When I finished it, I prayed to God and asked Him if it was true. The Holy Ghost caused a warm feeling to come over me, and it was almost like a voice was saying, "Of course it is. You've felt the Spirit before. You know it's true." After that, I've felt the Spirit touch my heart so many times. I know for myself that it is true. I know that Joseph Smith truly saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The church has helped me in every aspect of my life. It gives me direction, hope, joy, and peace. I have no idea where I would be without the church. The Holy Ghost and the scriptures have helped me get through tough trials, make difficult decisions, and just have hope through every day life. I love the gospel.

How I live my faith

When I was at college, I welcomed new people into the ward and helped organize visiting teaching. Now I am preparing to serve a mission in Cancun, Mexico, for a year and a half.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Sydnee
No. Young men between 18 and 19 years old are strongly encouraged to serve missions as a duty, but it is completely voluntary. Young women (like me!) have the option to go when we are 19 as well, but it is not a duty. I will serve for a year and a half, and young men serve for two ears. The Church chooses where we serve. Elderly, retired couples can go on missions together. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Sydnee
Everyone is welcome! Our church service is typically a three-hour block on Sundays. The first hour is called sacrament meeting, where we partake of the sacrament (blessed bread and water). We sing sacred hymns and have members of the congregation give talks for the rest of the meeting. The second hour is Sunday School. There are different classes offered depending on age. The third hour is another class. Women go to Relief Society and men go to Priesthood. We sing hymns, give announcements, and have a lesson by an assigned teacher. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Sydnee
Everything around me shows me there is a God. I have had so many little miracles, or tender mercies, in my life that I cannot deny the existence of a God. Nature is too wonderful for everything to be just chance. But I KNOW that there is a God because I have prayed to Him, and He has answered my prayers, either through inspired thoughts, feelings, the Holy Ghost, or scripture passages. There is nothing that compares, and there is no way to describe, the feeling of the Holy Ghost. I know God loves me and cares about me because I've asked him. He's given me so much. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Sydnee
We help everyone in need. The Church gives a lot of money, materials, and people to areas of the world that need humanitarian aid. As Christians, we follow Christ's instruction to serve our fellow men. As wards and branches, we often work with charities and other churches to provide service to those in need who live near us. We also have organized events called "days of service" where we give our time to help people in our neighborhoods. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Sydnee
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. The other two members are Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We believe them to be separate beings, but all three beings have the same purpose. The Holy Ghost, or the Spirit, can comfort us, testify of truth, and guide us. When I wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true, I prayed, and the Holy Ghost gave me a warm, tender feeling inside, and I knew it was true. Show more Show less