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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a graduate student, a teacher, and amateur family historian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second child of two loving parents and I am a sister to six siblings 3 boys and 3 girls. We are a crazy bunch, but we love every minute of it! I have been a graduate student in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages since September, and I can honestly say that I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing! I teach as a community ESL teacher in the evenings as well. Being a teacher is rewarding in so many ways, and I love being able to help others improve their lives because the opportunities they can receive as speakers of English. I also love to read, cook, dance in my living room, and learn and speak different languages. I always try to learn and experience new things, and I love learning about different cultures and customs. 

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but that is not the only reason why I am a member today. There have been many moments in life where I have received confirmation that this is Christ's church restored on the earth today. These moments are small yet they are powerful, and I know this is the true gospel of Christ because I feel the Holy Ghost telling me of the truth. For me, the truth is happiness. God has a plan for us, and as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I realize the eternal plan that he has for me as well as all of his children. If we come unto Christ and repent of our sins, we can too receive the blessings that God so willingly wants to pour down upon us. 

How I live my faith

I believe that to truly live my faith, I need to be committed to serving others as Jesus Christ served in his mortal ministry. I believe that by showing forgiveness, love, and compassion as Christ did, I am a true believer of the faith. I know that if I serve others, and truly care about my fellow man, the Lord understands that I am trying, even thought I make mistakes. I believe that one way I can serve is by doing genealogy/family history work. In our church, it is important that we learn from the people who have died before us, preserving their history. I serve on a committee where we teach people how to do genealogy, and provide opportunities for people to aid others in their work. One way we do that is through extracting information from old censuses, and the information get compiled in a database for people all around the world to access and use to record their own family history. 

What is the Relief Society?

Sarah
The Relief Society is an organization for women whose primary goal and mission is to serve others. One of the most known thing that Relief Society participates in is global relief. Our members send out food, clothing, blankets and quilts, hygiene kits, and just about anything else that is needed whenever a disaster strikes. They are committed to help people whatever their circumstance. But this is not the only thing that Relief Society does. Relief Society also wants to make sure that people within each of their member's communities are taken care of. I have seen countless meals taken to homes of families who have current difficulties or hardships such as when a member is hospitalized or unable to work. Relief Society gives to both members of the church and also people who are not members. Relief Society is about testifying of the truth while going about doing good. The actions of Relief Society are a testament of our belief in our Savior, as well as an invitation for people to come unto Christ.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Sarah
Proxy baptisms are performed because of our belief in eternal progression. We believe that there are certain ordinances that people must do in order obtain the blessings that our Heavenly Father has in store for us. We can still continue to receive blessings even after we die. When a living person wants to receive these blessings, they are able to be baptized while still here on the earth. When a person has died, but has not been baptized, they cannot receive the blessings or be able to progress after death because of the necessity of the physical ordinances we complete on this earth. Because of this, we perform this ordinance by proxy in our temples.  Show more Show less