Hi I'm Sarah
I am chocoholic who loves to laugh. I grew up in outback Australia, I’m a bit of a tomboy, a class clown, and I have a ridiculous amount of energy. I love living down-under (what we call the promised land!), with my hard working hubby and beautiful little girl. We live in a stunning part of the world just out of Sydney, we have the beach on one side and lake on the other, life is full and wonderful. I have my own Public Relations company, which I am enjoying a much needed sabbatical from to spend more time with my family. I am in love with being a full time mother and housewife, never thought I would hear myself say that! My husband dropped a bomb on me a few years into our marriage and said he wanted to pursue his dream of being a doctor, I was shocked and pregnant! But knowing the determination in his eyes, I jumped on the medical band wagon, swapped roles and spent 5 years as the income earner. Thankfully the sometimes impossible journey is over and he is now a much loved family doctor. Our family has been so blessed because he followed his dream. He is an incredible man. I love my career, but recently trading the stilettos for flip flops and walking the red carpet for walking my little girl to school has been a life changing decision, I have never been happier. Life really is about enjoying the simple things. When I am not experimenting in the kitchen with chocolate, I enjoy family bike rides, boxing, yoga, movies, lunch with mum and attempting to learn Mandarin!
Why I am a Mormon
This is certainly a popular FAQ at social functions! Simply, it brings incredible joy to my life. I wake up every-day with peace and hope because of my faith. Some have questioned whether its blind faith, but when you see the amazing good that is done with your faith, see lives change for the better, see the happiness in your family’s life, and your own life, you can’t question it, because you see faith working every day. It is honest, it is true, and it is real. Life can be hard, but being a Mormon seems to make it that little bit easier, to make better choices, to quickly pick yourself up when you fall, to pray for help, to cherish life and to “come what may and love it”. I feel so blessed that my mother had the kind heart to let the missionaries into her home over 50 years ago and had the faith to accept their invitation to join the church. She has dedicated her life to helping others ever since. She felt an incredible sense of calm and rightness about what she learned from the missionaries, and she finally found the answers to life’s three most important questions: where she came from, why she is here, and where she is going. She felt true peace. For these same reasons I am a Mormon. Not because my mum believes, but because she has encouraged me to find out for myself, and that I have.
How I live my faith
Mormons live good lives, love family, love healthy living, love hard work, love helping others, love honesty, love prayer, love family history, and most importantly love Jesus Christ, he is the centre of our religion. This is how I live my faith, by doing all these things and smiling along the way. Being a Mormon is not just a Sunday religion, it is a daily commitment. I love attending a study group with other woman from our local church each Wednesday. We learn more about our relationship with God and Jesus Christ, about how to be a better mother, wife and friend in the community and we spend a lot of time laughing and sometimes even crying! I volunteer my time with the youth of the church as a Young Women's leader, we have an activity one night a week,class time on Sunday as well as camping trips, dances and other fun adventures along the way. We teach girls 12-18yrs old about how to embrace individual worth, how to live their faith, make good choices, gain knowledge, give service to others, have integrity, be accountable for their decisions and enjoy the journey. It is hugely rewarding. One way to help keep our faith strong in our home and to keep us unified is our family night on Monday nights, we call it Family Home Evening. We spend time talking about our week, reading children's scripture stories, followed by doing something fun as a family, often involving treats! At the end of the night we each say one nice thing that we love about each other; it is my little girl’s favourite part. This makes our home a much happier place. A wonderful part of the Mormon faith is the belief that we will be together as a family beyond this life, for eternity. This belief gives me even more determination to live my faith daily by being the best mum, wife, sister, daughter and friend I can be.