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Hi I'm Sara Nelkel

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily-married-stay-at-home mother of 3. When I was younger I traveled a lot. I have lived in Europe, and all over the US. I speak fluent German, and I'm working on Spanish now. I have a BA Degree, and will eventually go back for a master's. I love doing home improvement projects (just re-did my bathroom :D), reading, and as crazy as it sounds, I love doing research and history. I live in Florida now, but I'm obviously a transplant. I love to be busy, and then I like to relax. I guess I'm basically.....a mom.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been members of this church for generations on my mom's side, but my Dad joined the church when he was 16. So I have the strong foundation of the Gospel from my youth. But, when I was a teenager, I decided to figure this religion thing out for myself. I researched (yes, my weird hobby) lots of churches, and studied the Bible. I went back to the very foundations of my beliefs, and I built them from the ground up as MY beliefs, not just those of my family or friends. Most importantly, I prayed to God about those beliefs, and I have a special witness that the Mormon church IS what it claims to be. It is the ONLY church with ALL of the truth. You can find truth everywhere, in all religions, but the only religion that is "complete" is this one. I have tested it, and God has answered my questions. This is where He wants me, and so this is where I am. And I hope to be able to help others find the peace that I have found being Mormon.

How I live my faith

For me, being a Mormon means trying to treat others like the Savior would treat them if he were here. After all, we promise to "take on the name of Christ", isn't that what that means? I serve the younger children in my church, I volunteer in the community and local school, and I try to love everyone. We are all brothers and sisters, and I work to treat those around me like family. I'm imperfect, just like you, but I know my Heavenly Father and my Savior love me. So even when I mess up, I know I am loved, and I try to do better. I live my faith by trying to help others feel that same love. Which is why I'm a mom. After all, what greater calling is there than nurturing and teaching God's children? I love being a Wife, Mom, Sister, Friend, daughter......and "latter-day Saint"

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

Sara Nelkel
It's a faith thing. Tithing has been around from the Bible beginning. It's like this: God gives us everything-our home, our health, our family, our possesions. Sometimes, it's easy to think those things belong to us. We are asked to give back to the church a small portion of our income as a way to show the Lord we remember where our blessings come from, and it also shows a willingness to obey him. It takes faith to give that money away sometimes. But I've always been blessed WAY beyond what little I gave. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Sara Nelkel
No Way! We would be pretty pathetic Christians if we only took care of our own. Jesus said to love our neighbor. Well, it's a silly example, but I love my two neighbors next door, and neither one of them are Mormon. I also know when there were some bad hurricanes that came through the south in 2005 (anyone heard of Katrina?), the members from our area drove on their own time (6-8 hours one way) and dime (gas prices were not cheap, and those big trucks don't exactly "sip" gas) to the places that were hit, and proceeded to start the clean-up. It wasn't just mormons living in those damaged areas. The point is, if we really follow the example of the Savior, then we seek to love and help EVERYONE. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Sara Nelkel
The short answer is "No" but... ...most people ask this question because a) they have heard that mormons practiced polygamy in the past, or b) they have heard about the so-called "fundamentalist mormons" who practice polygamy now. So, here's the deal. The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel (see Encyclopedia of Mormonism Vol. 3, pp. 1091-1095). So let's clarify, shall we? Did the mormons practice polygamy in the past? Yes. Why? Because, just as He did in the Bible, God will, at times, ask a people to live polygamy as a way to establish a people brought up in His teachings. (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had more than one wife so they could establish the "People of God.") So, if you believe the Bible, you also believe in polygamy. In the beginning of the restoration of the church in the 1830's, God again asked select persons in the church (only those deemed worthy not to abuse it) to again live polygamy. It was instituted for a short time, and the Lord ended the practice near the beginning of the 20th century. Why do you still hear about those "fundamentalist mormons" living polygamy? When the Lord ended the practice, a small group did not accept the change and continued to practice polygamy. They are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but are a splinter group. What makes it confusing is the title Fundamentalist Mormon." Their title makes it seem like all "mormons" do. Show more Show less