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Hi I'm Sara!

I'm a wife trying to learn humility and selflessness. I'm a mother trying to learn patience and faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for almost 6 years to my wonderful husband Thomas. I stay at home with our beautiful 4 year old daughter, 2 year old son, and 7month old daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon in part because I was raised one. My mom also grew up in the church but my dad joined after he came home from Vietnam. I am so grateful to them for teaching me the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so glad I was able to grow up knowing that I am a daughter of God. However, it wasn't until my freshman year of college that I felt I really learned for myself that all of it was really true. Part of me had always known but that is when I got my answer. And it came when I was finally willing to act on what I knew and read the Book of Mormon for myself. I finished the book quickly once I got going and the Sunday after I completed it I fasted and prayed all day that I might receive a personal witness of its truth. I remember talking to my sister in our family room at home and asking her how she knew. As we talked I recall being filled with an incredible feeling of joy as the words came to my mind "I know the church is true." And I did. I still do. I know that God loves His children just as much today as He did thousands of years ago and that His true church exists on the earth today. It was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith and is led today by Jesus Christ through his current prophet Thomas S. Monson. I know the Book of Mormon is a true record of ancient American prophets who truly knew and loved their Savior, and I come to know and love Him more myself as I read it.

How I live my faith

Our faith is part of our family every day. I serve as the leader of our Branch's women's organization. I have the joy organizing these women together to teach each other about Christ and build each others testimonies. We also gather to do service for each other and our community. Recently our group sewed baby blankets for the local children's hospital. We visit in each others homes as well as at church, looking out for each sister to make sure her temporal and spiritual needs are met.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is the largest women's organization in the world! It is made up of millions of amazing women from age 18 to 88 and beyond! We are organized to increase strength and personal righteousness, strengthen homes and families, and help those in need. We are grouped within our individual congregations though occasionally gather literally and by tele-broadcast on a larger scale. We meet weekly on Sundays during church services for a gospel class. However, we also gather at other times to learn from one another about things like self-reliance, to enjoy each others talents, to serve each other and our communities. We have a program called Visiting Teaching where we go in pairs to visit other sisters on a regular basis and to be their friends. We share a gospel message in their homes, pray together, and build lasting friendships. We assess each others needs so that no one is lost and all are cared for. The motto of Relief Society is "Charity Never Faileth."  Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Actually, in a sense we're asked to donate back 10 of the Lord's income. Everything we have is from God. He gives us a whole big chocolate cake and asks for just one piece in return. Tithing is not a new practice. It goes back to the beginning. Even Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. The word tithe literally means a tenth. Truly, it is a privilege that we have the opportunity, by returning that money to the Lord, to participate in his great work. The money does not go to pay clergy our clergymen volunteer their time. The money builds houses of worship, prints materials for gospel study, and moves forward the work of God. When we keep the commandment not only are we blessed by being able to help in God's work, but we are promised that in general "the windows of heaven" will be opened and blessings will be poured out upon us. We aren't promised we'll become wealthy. I certainly am not. But I have never had to truly worry about money. Somehow when I do my part and strive to be responsible, there is always enough. I'm so grateful for the peace of mind I receive from paying a full tithe.  Show more Show less