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Hi I'm Sara

My hair's naturally curly, I LOVE racquetball, I play the bagpipes and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Sara! I'm a graduate student and am looking forward to graduating soon. I'm single right now and when I'm not at school or playing sports or music, I work doing research and evaluation. I love music and play the piano, flute, and recently picked up the bagpipes...just for fun. I also love sports--everything from outdoor sports to volleyball, biking, and most especially racquetball. I play on my university's racquetball team and competed recently at Collegiate Nationals. It gives me a good break from school. :)

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me about Jesus Christ since I was young. We read from the scriptures together as a family and went to church regularly. That was the foundation for what I believe. I must say, though, that there came a point in my life where I really had to know for myself whether the things I had been taught all my life were really true. I prayed a lot during that time, read from the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and tried to know what God wanted me to do. Although I have had some really powerful spiritual experiences in my life, I think that I really came to know that these things are true gradually, over a period of time. I know that God loves me and He hears my prayers and answers them in a way that I can understand. As I have read and prayed about the Book of Mormon, I have come to know that it really is the word of God. There must be an explanation for that book and I know that in my life it has brought me nearer to my Savior Jesus Christ and has taught me about Him and how to be His disciple. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored the gospel of Jesus Christ again in our day. Our Savior Jesus Christ is at the head of the church and leads it through living prophets today. I have heard, read, and prayed about the words of those prophets and I know in my mind and my heart that they are true. Following the teachings of this church brings me so much guidance and comfort and direction. Life can be hard and I have a lot of decisions and things that I am facing at this time in my life, but I know that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ gives me the direction and peace that I need every day of my life--it means everything to me.

How I live my faith

I love serving in my church. I was a missionary for a year and a half in British Columbia, Canada and loved the people there. I also learned Korean while I was there so that I could share my beliefs with the Korean people who live there. That was one of the highlights of my life! I currently attend church with a lot of young single people like me and have lots of opportunities to teach and serve with them. We also have a class once a week at a nearby chapel where we meet and learn about Jesus Christ and His teachings in the scriptures. I currently get to serve by helping to organize those classes in my area.

What is the Relief Society?

Sara
As a woman in the church, Relief Society is one of my favorite things. The Relief Society was organized early in the church by a group of women who wanted to help some of the men who were working so hard to build a temple. Those early women wanted to contribute and to serve others around them. This desire to serve and to provide relief spread quickly and soon after became an official organization in the church. At first, it was mostly geared toward providing physical relief to others. However, the prophet Joseph Smith also taught that the Relief Society “is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.” It helped relieve spiritual burdens and helps us live more Christlike lives. In fact, one of my favorite quotes about the responsibility of those who are members of Relief Society comes from one of our church leaders who said, "'To save souls opens the whole field of human activity and development. Relief of poverty, relief of illness relief of doubt, relief of ignorance—relief of all that hinders the joy and progress of woman. What a magnificent commission!'" In our church, every woman, once she turns 18 years old, becomes a member of the Relief Society. It's a worldwide organiztion all banded together to provide relief, not just to members of the church, but to people everywhere. I really believe that women have a limitless, powerful influence for good in the world. Show more Show less