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Hi I'm Sara

I am a child of God. A wife. A mother. Daughter, sister, friend. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the suburbs of a large city, in the typical American family (two working parents, two cars, two kids). I was a happy kid and teenager, and feel that knowing my parents loved me has significantly shaped me to be the person I am today. I did not grow up Mormon. I married my high school sweetheart, and we have one child. They are the two greatest blessings I have in my life. I do work outside the home, which I enjoy; but I look forward to being able to spend all day with my son again in the future. I sing. I write. I bake. I speak French. I play hide-and-seek. I laugh. I rejoice in my God. I am humbled by my Savior's gift. I owe everything that I am and want to be, and every blessing I have, to God.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I believe that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to a young man in a grove of trees; that They are real personages; that though I cannot see them, they exist; that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church restored to the earth; and that the fullness of the gospel is contained within its doctrines and tenants. I did not grow up believing these things. I was raised in a Protestant faith, and did not join the LDS Church until I was 19 years old. The time from my first introduction to the Church until the time I was baptized spanned about 3 years. Though it took me a while to investigate the Church, I know that the Lord prepared me and guided me. During those years, I came into contact with many Mormons. They were always kind and respectful. They were honest, well-mannered, and modest. Even to my 16-year-old mind, I knew there was something special about all my Mormon friends. It was during these years that I met my husband. We wrote each other while he served his two-year mission in Argentina, and when he returned home, we had serious discussions about the Church. We would talk about gospel principles, and it was like a part of me was waking up from a long, deep slumber. These teachings were beautiful to me, and I knew that I was feeling the Holy Spirit touch my heart. A scripture that resonates with me is Alma 32 in the Book of Mormon. Having grown up with a father who was a scientist, the idea of an experiment was nothing new to me. It seemed a natural application to the gospel: I studied, I acted according to faith, I witnessed results. I became a better person, desiring to do good and to follow Christ. I remembered all the Mormons I knew and their examples. As Christ promised in Matthew 7, by their fruits, I knew I had come into contact with the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and I wanted to be baptized. My testimony has grown since the day I was submerged in water and brought up a new creature in Christ. Has my life been devoid of trials? No. Am I perfect? Far from it. But I know that Heavenly Father knows who I can become and by prayer, scripture study, worship, faithfulness, and relying upon my Savior, I can be that person. Everyone is a child of God, and we all have the same potential within us. God is perfectly just and perfectly merciful. He gave us His Son to show us the way, the truth, and the light. I love them.

How I live my faith

At church, I've worked with the youth and children and have found much joy in my service. It is easy to see why children are so dear to the Savior. They are beacons of light and goodness. They are pure and innocent. They are quick to show love and kindness. They are who I want to be like when I grow up! Working with the youth, I am amazed at their steadfastness in Christ at such a young age. Their righteous living and faith exemplify why Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would have appeared to Joseph Smith when he himself was only fourteen. I learn much from them. I also believe that how I live my faith extends beyond the callings I have at Church. I believe that we are Christ's hands on this earth. We can give a shoulder to cry on in His stead. Our hands can bless and work. Our words can uplift and strengthen. One of my favorite songs is "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" (http://lds.org/cm/pdf/IfTheSaviorStood_eng.pdf). This song expresses much of what I cannot. I try to live my faith so that when I see Him again, He won't be ashamed. I try to live my faith so that I can be touched with a portion of His perfect love for my fellow man.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Sara
Being a woman myself, and a Mormon at that, I think that I'm fairly average. I have likes and dislikes, strengths and weakness, good days and bad. I work, but I also like to relax and enjoy my time off. However, there are some ways in which I might appear different. I do not smoke or drink alcohol, coffee, or tea. I do not use profanity or take the name of God in vain. I dress modestly out of respect for myself. Other than that, you might not be able to distinguish me from many of the women around you. Mormons do believe in the equality of men and women. Though we might not have the same roles (see "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,161-1-11-1,00.html), neither man nor woman is esteemed above the other in God's eyes. He loves each of His children the same. If anything, being a Mormon woman has only strengthened my confidence and sense of worth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Sara
We believe that God is both perfectly just and perfectly merciful. To be just, He must give a law and must operate with a punishment and blessing attached. In the case of baptisms for the dead, God has commanded that in order to have eternal life, or exaltation, one must be baptized in the proper way and by the proper authority. It is a common question that I have heard (and had myself before I joined the Church) as to what happens to those people who never have a chance to hear about Christ before they die. Does God not love them? Will they be forever condemned because of circumstances they had no control over? In short, the answer lies within God's mercy. To be merciful, He must allow a way for every one of His children to have the same opportunity to accept or reject his commandments. In the case of baptisms for the dead, living people can be baptized on behalf of those who have already died. In this way, He is fulfilling both justice and mercy. Church members in good standing may go to any one of the hundreds of temples on this earth and perform proxy baptisms. It is an honor and sacred privilege to do this work for our ancestors. I have personally been baptized for some of my family members who have passed away, doing for them what they cannot do for themselves. In this capacity, Mormons feel that while it is ultimately up to each person to follow God or not, no one will be turned away from God's presence because he or she was not born in the "right" place and time on this earth. Show more Show less