Hi I'm Sarah
I grew up in Colorado and have always loved playing sports and doing anything active. I love running and have done 2 half marathons and am working on doing a full marathon. I also want to do a triathlon someday. I love the mountains, hiking, camping, and exploring. Having just moved to the east coast, my husband and I have made it a goal to hike the Appalachian trail. I love nature--the beach, the mountains, the woods, rivers, birds, animals...anything outdoors! I have also always loved learning and am not afraid to admit that I love school! Because of that, I am attending grad school and will one day be a school psychologist. I love kids and helping people, and this will help me be able to do both. I also love reading and have read 5 books so far this summer. I am married to a wonderful man and have been able to learn more about myself and loving others through our relationship. He is my best friend and we love doing everything together. We hope to have children one day and are excitedly preparing ourselves for that time!
Why I am a Mormon
My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when my mom was pregnant with me, so I have been a member my whole life. Growing up in the Church was a great experience because it helped me avoid so many harmful and difficult things that kids and teenagers can get involved in. I was taught good principles and surrounded myself with other kids of similar standards. As I grew older and lived on my own, it was never a question to me of if I wanted to still be Mormon or not. I had a strong testimony that the Church was true and I knew that I was happier when I lived by the commandments. Today, living away from family and living in an area with fewer members of the Church, I have to make a diligent effort to be a strong and faithful member. I do this so that I can be happy and have the peace and comfort in my life that only comes when we are living our lives the right way. I know that I can receive guidance and help from Heavenly Father if I am doing my part, and that is priceless to me. The world is a very confusing and scary place if we do not have that guidance and comfort. I am also a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and I know it is true. Based on that knowledge, I have come to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today. I know that the modern day revelation we have access to can help us as we make choices and prepare for the future. Most importantly, I am a Mormon because I know that this is Jesus Christ's church. I know he died for me and is always there for me, and I want to live in such a way that will be pleasing to him.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I think one of the biggest things we can do have greater harmony in our homes is to be selective of the media we expose ourselves to. Many of the movies, TV shows, songs, video games, and internet sites that are available to us are very harmful. Many of them are subtle and affect us in ways that we may not immediately perceive, but over time, they wear down our spirits and our desire to do good. We also need to be attentive to the amount of media consumed in our homes. Even good media can distract us from more important things, especially our families. As we are more selective to the type and amount of media that we have in our homes, we will have greater harmony because we will be able to spend more time with each other. We will also be able to avoid the negative communication and behavior patterns that are portrayed in the media and foster positive relationships.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Attending Church services helps me each week because it is a chance to set aside time and re-focus our thoughts and attention to Jesus Christ and his teachings. It is so easy to get sidetracked and distracted from what is really important as we go throughout the week working, preparing meals, doing housework, and worrying about other temporal things. Going to church helps me feel the Spirit and recommit to living the Gospel better the next week. It is also a chance to meet with other people who believe similarly to me. This in itself is strengthening because I can learn from their examples and experiences.
How I live my faith
In my ward, I just got called to be in charge of compassionate service for the women, so whenever anyone has a baby, is sick, dies, or has any other special circumstances, I will either help them myself or find other women in the ward who can help them. We may bring them meals, baby blankets, provide assistance cleaning, or any other number of things. In addition to this, I also get to be a youth conference counselor. I will be in charge of about 6 teenage girls during a week that all of the youth get together to learn more about the gospel, meet new people, and do service activities. I love working with the youth and am very excited for this opportunity! Another big part of how I live my faith is through participating in the activities that we have available. There are activities for the women on a monthly basis and for the youth on a weekly basis. There are also activities for everyone in the ward on a regular basis. These frequent activities give us the opportunity to strengthen and learn from one another.