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Hi I'm Sylvia

I grew up in Southern Oregon. I love to go backpacking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Four of my siblings and I were adopted. I love Mexican food, chips, and winter. Growing up in Oregon, I've developed a love for the outdoors. My hobbies include backpacking, rock climbing, and running. I was able to run my first marathon in 2016 and want to participate in one annually. Although I love being active, I could watch movies for hours. I recently completed my sophomore year of college at BYU-Idaho, and am studying to practice speech and language therapy.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, older members of the church would say variated versions of, "Come unto Christ, he will heal you" and "the scriptures have changed my life, they can change yours too". Not until my late teens did I come to really understand and know the meaning of these promises for myself. I remember one really horrible day where my soul just hurt, so I began to read my Book of Mormon. I couldn't stop reading. I felt this indescribable peace and calm. At that moment I realized how the Book of Mormon changes lives. It didn't matter what section of the book I was reading. I don't even remember a certain scripture particularly standing out that day. The point was that I was reading the word of God. That is what brought peace to my soul and the Holy Ghost into my heart. I also know what it means to come unto Christ. It's inviting him into our lives, completely, even to the messy parts. It's inviting him into our homes even when kids are crying, dinner is burning, and the house is a total wreck. The Atonement spans beyond sins. It's living with the spirit of Christ in our hearts even when kids are complaining, the dishes are piled up, and there's a million and one things to do. It's letting Jesus Christ sit and comfort us on dark days, and on the good ones too. It's leaning on him for help because we're human and there's only so much we each can do. I'm a Mormon because by no other means can I feel true joy in times of complete sorrow. There is no faith that better teaches me who I am, where I came from, and where I'm going. I'm a Mormon because I believe in modern day prophets, personal revelation, the Book of Mormon, the binding unity and power of temple ordinances, eternal families, and the Atoning power of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon because I know this church is true, and I intend to live it.

How I live my faith

I've been able to hold several "teaching" positions in the church growing up, both as a youth and as a young adult at school in Idaho. These opportunities were some of the greatest blessings in my life, because I never really felt like I was teaching other young men and young women, I was teaching myself. What we teach we come to know better ourselves, and because of that I gained greater knowledge of my Savior Jesus Christ and how to become more like him. I am visited by sisters in my ward, and was also able to visit other sisters in the ward with a friend each month. This has been a two-part blessing, firstly because I knew that if I ever needed something, I had sisters who were eager and willing to help. Secondly, I was able to do the same for someone else. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has given me unlimited opportunities to reach out and fellowship those that are in need. The truth is, we all need help sometimes. That's why I love that the church is structured in such a way where we are given callings/teaching assignments that ultimately help us uplift and support one another so we can not only endure, but grow from life's challenges and trials.