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Hi I'm Sara

I'm a work-at-home mom of five beautiful children. I grew up and still live in Utah. I'm blessed to be a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a business coach and work a bit at home while balancing the needs of five young children. I'm married to a wonderful man who is the greatest daddy - and we met online when it was still weird. Music has been a huge part of my life: piano, singing, percussion, handbells, and I have tried to learn the guitar...

Why I am a Mormon

The simplest answer might be that I was born Mormon, but that doesn't necessarily explain why I choose for it to be such a big part of my life now. I love my Savior, and I'm so grateful for the peace that Christ gives me in my daily struggles as well as the larger and more painful things. Being a Mormon helps me be a better person and definitely helps me be a better Mom. When I became a missionary and was preparing to head to Japan, I was told in a blessing that the experience would help me be a better mother, and although I always need to improve, I know it's helped me teach my kids and help them feel Christ's love through me. I think my faith provides a real anchor for me. I'm clear about what I need to do to experience true joy in my life and can avoid many of the storms of life that would be of my own making. Looking back on my growing up years, and especially as a teenager and young adult, I know that being Mormon gave me specific standards that allowed me to grow and express myself with a real clarity of purpose.

How I live my faith

The way I describe my mission in life is "to be a light." Light means so many things to me: sharing a heart-to-heart connection with someone, sharing feelings of love, peace, and even fun, being an example of faith and hope, goodness, and following Christ. I don't often have opportunities to talk openly about my faith with others, but I love it when I can share what I believe and how the gospel has blessed my life. Sometimes it's difficult to lift my head up from my personal and family concerns - all that busy-ness! - so that I can see what others need and work to fill that need. Serving in the church has really helped me to get better at that. Right now, I work to coordinate service efforts by the women in our area when a family or individual needs something. For example, organizing a funeral meal, lining up childcare or meals when someone has been ill or in the hospital, welcoming home parents of new babies, and so on. I also direct the choir, and we practice weekly and prepare a special inspirational number to perform in our church services about once a month. One of the coolest things about being a part of the church is the opportunity to serve in so many different ways. Nearly always an invitation to serve stretches me and gets me out of my comfort zone, but leads to wonderful relationships or developing a talent or a deeper understanding of the gospel and the truthfulness of it.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Immodesty in dress leads to immodesty and permissiveness in action. When you dress to show off the body, it can provoke thoughts and feelings in yourself and others that are inappropriate, which then can make chastity a lot harder to live. I was fortunate to have parents who taught me the importance of modesty from a really young age. My mother and older sisters were examples of modesty in their own lives, and I don't remember having a desire to dress in clothing that was short, low-cut, or too tight. Dresses for special dances at school were designed and sewn to be cute or beautiful instead of "sexy." As a result, I learned that my body was something to really take care of and protect. I have three young girls, and have made it a point to teach them from a young age what modesty looks like and feels like. When you're covered, you're more comfortable and can focus more on wholesome activities instead of how you're looking or how much you're exposing. It takes consistent reinforcement, since the images they see in the world show a lot of skin, but it's something that I will continue to try to help them understand. One thing I try to do is to teach them some general rules of thumb that will allow them to judge themselves if something is not modest - that helps when we're shopping or deciding if they've outgrown something. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

I've noticed that when people are invested in something, they really care about its welfare. They're more committed. Practically speaking, when everyone is doing their part and giving their share, it relieves a big burden from local leaders of the church who might otherwise worry where operating expenses would come from and have to spend a lot of time and energy on fundraising efforts. There's no comparing or competing either - everyone gives their fair share - and that builds unity among church members. There's more to it than that, however. The Lord has promised us spiritual and temporal blessings when we give a tithe. It's a principle of faith - my husband and I made the decision from the beginning of our relationship that we would continue to pay our tithing even when times are tight. We know that the Lord will bless us - "open the windows of heaven," like it says in the Bible - and help us make things work financially. And we've never not been able to pay our bills or provide for ourselves, even when we weren't sure how we would do it. Spiritually, it's helped us feel closer to the Lord and more like a team in our marriage and has given us peace in the midst of challenging times. Show more Show less