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Hi I'm Sara

I'm from Oregon. I served as a missionary in Ecuador. I've been a Mormon all my life.

About Me

I have been a member of the LDS church my whole life. My parents were converts, and were married for eight years before I was born. My twin brother and I were baptized at the age of 8 in 1988. I served a mission in Quito, Ecuador. I married an incredible man who also served a mission in South America, so we like to communicate in Spanish, and attend Spanish-speaking Sunday school.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a home where church attendance was a regular, weekly activity. I believe that spirituality is a living and growing part of any life. Like exercising the body to become stronger, regular spiritual exercise such as reading the scriptures, attending church services and activities and giving service cause a stronger, healthier spiritual life.

How I live my faith

My husband and I teach Sunday School lessons to 5-year-olds together! They are called sunbeams, and they are the cutest members of our congregation! In the primary (Sunday School for children between the ages of 3 and 12) They sing songs and draw pictures to give shape to the concepts they learn each week about simple gospel precepts like saying "I'm sorry" and what it means to forgive.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

The main reason we attend church each Sunday is sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in the chapel on Sunday and lasts about an hour. All are welcome to attend! We sing hymns, offer prayers and participate in the sacrament which is like communion, only with bread and water, which is blessed and passed around by those who hold the priesthood. The talks are given by members of the congregation; we all take turns giving a talk in church once or twice a year on a subject we've been assigned beforehand. Also, we do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services. Everyone is also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12-year-olds. Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. Relief Society meetings are for women, ages 18 years and older. Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less