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Hi I'm Sarah

I grew up in rural, midwestern United States. I left politics to raise my kids. I'm a professional photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am recently "retired" from the business world to become a stay-at-home-mom of two wonderful kids. I'm a jack-of-all-interests kind of girl. I love to do things like eating good food, crocheting, and thrift-store shopping. I hate politics, but love my country, the founding fathers, and all they stood for. Where are you most likely to find me on a Saturday night? Entertaining with good food and good people. There are very few things in this world that DON'T interest me... In addition to leaving the business world, I began a photography business. I LOVE it! I get a great creative outlet doing what I love, earning a little extra money, and without having to leave my kids in daycare. Life is always a balancing act, but I'm grateful that I get the best of all worlds, right now!

Why I am a Mormon

Life is life. Sometimes it's great, sometimes less than great. Everything that the gospel of Jesus Christ is helps me when life is hard, awesome, or anywhere in between. It helps me know how to be there for others when life is life for those around me, as well. I'm Mormon because I believe the Lord when He told us that we know of a person or organization's legitimacy by their "fruits." The fruits of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not only growth of the church in the last two centuries and the good works that have followed, nor are they only the claim that it is a restoration of the church that Christ established when He walked with man 2,000 years ago and the effort to re-establish prophets and apostles. The fruit that means the most to me in my life is the peace that comes from living the tenets of the gospel as set forth in the LDS church. The fruits are the restored priesthood power, additional scripture that sheds light on the sometimes obscure teachings of the Bible, and all of the tools provided that help me raise my children and draw me closer to God.

How I live my faith

The LDS Church relies on a lay ministry - meaning that the day-to-day activities of local congregations rely on all of the members on a voluntary basis to function. These assignments or "callings" are unique in that they are to be extended by revelation. Those in charge of making the assignments ask for the Lord's guidance as to whom He would have fulfill which task. Right now I am the president of our congregation's Primary. Primary is simply the name for the Sunday School classes for the 3-11 year olds. Outside of Sunday responsibilities, I try to make living my faith a 24/7 and not a Sunday-only religion. I'm not 100%, but we, as a family, try to read our scriptures individually and together everyday, say our prayers regularly, have "Family Home Evening" each week, and attend the Temple as often as possible. It sounds like a lot, but in reality, it's not that hard. It's a matter of priority and our lives and family life go so much better when we're gospel-centered. Again - we're not 100%, but we're striving for it since we like the feeling of peace better than the chaos we experience when we're not doing it.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Sarah
Not in a million years! We are committed to helping out all of God's children and that would be - well - EVERYONE! We love our neighbors and will help out in every appropriate situation. Just ask us. We'll lend a hand - so long as that hand isn't in opposition to the teachings of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Sarah
Yes. I had a very beloved professor in college whose area of expertise was South/Central American Geography. I totally LOVED that guy! God's love for all of His children is the central theme of The Book of Mormon with Christ's visit to the Americas following His crucifixion given as the ultimate evidence of that love. You can imagine my surprise as I was sitting there in class to hear my prof, who was not a Mormon, state that, "we know that the peoples of the America's knew of Jesus Christ long before Columbus' arrival, but we don't know how..." It was all I could do, with heart pounding, to go to his office after the lecture. I told him that I could tell him how the people knew of Christ. He just thoughtfully looked at me for a moment, then asked, "Are you a Mormon?" Well, of course I told him I was. He just grinned and told me he had no problem accepting the claim of the Book of Mormon. Sadly for me he was not ready to make a commitment to the church at that time. After spending my life studying both my own faith and many other faiths, the claim of Christ's visit to the Americas is as real to me as the claim that He existed at all and is the promised Messiah. Show more Show less

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

Sarah
I love this question! As a Mormon woman, I have encountered all kinds of beliefs about me. So - let me tell you about me! As my mother once put it - I come from a long line of some of the "toughest old broads." While many outside of our faith may think God-fearing women are expected to be soft-spoken and domineered, I can tell you that it is our faith that helps us be strong. As with any group of people - especially with a group of 12 million-and-growing, you will find a wide variety of people. However, I would bet that overall, you would find that within the LDS church, of those women committed to living the gospel to its fullest, you would find strong women devoted to raising their families and serving in their communities. We deal with the adversities of life just as everyone else does. We experience disease, death, joy and pain much as anyone does. However, it is the gospel that provides us the peace and strength to move forward and stare down the face of adversity. We tend to love laughing much more than feeling sorry for ourselves, as well. You should always have a Mormon woman for a friend. We make great friends! Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Sarah
A Mormon Church is where we attend our worship services. As stated on the sign outside the building, visitors are welcome to come and worship with us or otherwise check us out and see what it is we do on Sunday. A Temple is more significant. Only baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are also actively living the standards of the church. We refer this to being a "member in good standing." Why the difference? Well, again, a Mormon church provides the means of regular Sabbath worship and often functions as a meeting place for other church-related social and educational activities, similar to most other Christian churches. However, in the temple, we perform sacred ceremonies designed to heighten our awareness of our loving Heavenly Father and His plan for us. We make covenants and ultimately are married to our spouse for "time and all eternity." By being married or "sealed" by the priesthood power of God, we believe that our marriage vows are in effect after we pass away. We believe that children born to us will always be our children - and not only while alive in mortality. Show more Show less