Hi I'm Sariah
I am part of a “typical” Mormon family. I had a sibling on a mission and another in diapers. I am presently in college, but I am taking a break to save money for more school. I have a passion for helping others and I try to help at least one person a day with something that will make their day just a bit brighter. I attend a young single adult ward, but I also attend my family ward and help teach the youth and the children. I will go out of my way to do something for a friend or a family member.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in the Church and I was baptized when I was eight years old on the 6th of June. I remember that day vividly. It was one of the best days of my life! I continue to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the amazing experiences I have in my life. My closest friends are people that I have met at church and I trust them with my life. The feelings of peace, joy, comfort, and love I receive EVERY day from living my values is far more important to me than “fitting in” or following the latest trend. I love the Lord, my Savior and Redeemer. Without Him, I would not be the person I am today. I will follow Him and be faithful to Him no matter what I have to go through. I know that if I am faithful and follow the Savior that I will, one day, live with Him and my Father in Heaven again. I have heard some people say, “It’s my way or the highway.” Well, for me it’s the Lord’s way. No highway option. Why? Because when you follow the Lord’s way, there is no need for a “highway”. There is a path, straight to Heaven. I think that is a much better destination!
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
I have a strong belief in the power of prayer. I received it at a young age. I was only 12 years old and my mother was pregnant with my little brother. About two months before my brother was due, my mother started to have some complications. We found that my brother’s lungs were not developed all the way. At such a young age I relied on the faith of my parents because I hadn’t gained my own yet. They told me that if I prayed every morning and every night for my brother, his lungs would be perfect when he was born. He was born one month early, but because of my prayers and the prayers of my family, he was perfect, and his lungs were completely developed. The power of prayer and faith go hand in hand. We must try our faith and if it is in God’s will, we will receive what we pray for.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
There have been times where I needed answers and I just couldn’t find any. Once I was working somewhere where I wasn’t happy. I couldn’t feel the Spirit when I was there. I didn’t know what to do. I prayed for a long time, around three hours, pleading for an answer. I then opened up my Book of Mormon. I read about three verses then I found my answer “…do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy…” 2 Nephi 951. I quit then and there. I received my answer through the power of God. He knew what I needed to hear and after preparing myself, the answer was quite clear.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
When we make the right choices by turning down the drink of alcohol that a friend offers to you or when we stay clean and pure and safeguard our purity, chastity, and virtue until we are married in the Temple, we are protected from spiritual, physical, and emotional damage. We receive an outpouring of the Spirit. With His companionship, the right is easier to see. When we make the correct choices, we are happy. It feels good to be happy, so we strive to make more right choices so that we may continue to feel that Light.
How I live my faith
I live my faith daily. I wake up earlier than I need to, to read from my favorite book The Book of Mormon. In its covers, it holds truth that can be shared with everyone, even little children. It is simple and easy to understand. I receive answers to my prayers while reading The Book of Mormon. The Church IS my life without the Church, there is nothing left of me. My Redeemer is my best friend. I cannot go a second of the day without Him. He is my Guide, a “lighthouse on a hill”, helping me daily find my way back home.