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Hi I'm Sarah

I live in Northern California. I like to organize things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom with 5 kids who has been married nearly 20 years. I have a degree in interior design and chose to stop working when my first child was born - a decision I've never regretted. I like to read and scrapbook, do pilates and go camping with my family. I am a girl scout leader, PTA member and fan of Project Runway!

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't raised a Mormon - my family were regular churchgoers in another faith. As a teen I felt disconnected from the religion I grew up in and looked for an alternative. I tried another church and found myself again feeling disconnected. I had a hard time relating to God through the religious practices I was experiencing. I became discouraged with "organized" religion and swore off all churches, thinking I could have a relationship with God outside the constructs of an institution. That seemed to work well for me until years later, after meeting and marrying my husband, when we decided to have children. We both felt that a religious upbringing was important for children; it was something we both had and valued. We decided we had better find something for ourselves. My husband had been raised in an LDS family but had not been active in years. For him it was either that or nothing. At that point it didn't interest me, so I determined to find another church for myself. The story continues over months with more "coincidences" than I can name - things that kept leading me, guiding me right to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My husband had practically no hand in it at all, but when he finally decided to start attending church and invited me to go with him I was ready to say "Yes." I did meet with the missionaries and after a few months of attending church, reading the Book of Mormon and praying I received a very strong, undeniable spiritual witness that it was all true and that I needed to be baptized. That was over 16 years ago, and I have been enjoying the blessings of the gospel every day since then. It hasn't always been easy, not everyone in my family was supportive of my decision in the beginning, but over the years they have seen the blessings of the gospel manifest themselves in my life and in the lives of my husband and children and they have come to accept and even embrace my church membership. I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon and living prophets. I am a Mormon because living the gospel - trying to pattern my life after the Savior - helps me be a better person.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day by following the Savior's example to love and serve others. I believe it is important not only to be an active member of my church but also an active member of my community. I volunteer in my children's schools, with girl scouts and participate in my community in other ways, like working at a local food pantry or helping with a creek clean up. At church I have worked with children, young women and currently teach an adult Sunday school class where we get to learn from the scriptures every Sunday. I also have the opportunity to visit some sisters in our ward on a monthly basis, some that attend church regularly and some that do not. I have made some good friends through these visits.

What is being a Mormon like?

I think members share similarities and differences depending on where they live. If you live in a place with a lot of other Church members it would be a little different than if there are fewer. In some places the Church is well known generally and in other places not. Being a member of the Mormon Church gives you a "family" wherever you live. It is wonderful to be able to go nearly anywhere in the world and find a congregation to meet with and to know you have common beliefs. Being a member of the Mormon Church does make you stand out from the crowd when you live the standards, such as modest dress, no smoking or drinking alcohol and other lifestyle choices that are different from society in general. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Faithful members follow the commandment to pay tithing - giving 10% of their increase to the Lord. They also make donations associated with a monthly fast day and to other specific areas such as humanitarian efforts or missionary work. Show more Show less