Hi I'm Sarah
I'm an historian, a Hoosier, and I'm a Mormon.
I'm a wife and mother working at home as a "domestic engineer." We have 2 beautiful children. I'm from Indiana, but have lived in many places including Chicago, Long Island, London, Las Vegas, and Utah. I graduated with a BA in History and a minor in Museum Studies in 2009. I've worked in museums since I was 13 and love acquiring historical skills as my part of keeping our heritage alive. I've learned skills such as spinning, sewing, hearth cooking, canning, making corn dollies, and, recently, felting. I used to be a Civil War reenactor for 9 years, and learned to sew all my own dresses through a wonderful mentor. I love photography, writing, reading, and cooking. My current passion is learning to cook as many things from scratch as I can, though not all at the same time! I did a study abroad during college to London, England. It was one of the things that had the biggest impact on my life. And of course, like the history geek that I am, I spent a lot of time at the Imperial War Museum doing research.
I was raised in the church by my mother. My father investigated, but decided it wasn't for him. I am grateful for my mother's dedication and perseverance. There did come a time, however, when I needed to figure out why I was a member, what I believed, and why I believed it. I wanted to make sure I was a member of this church because it is what I believed. As a girl, my family took a few trips to Nauvoo, IL which is a very significant church history site. It was here, walking where pioneers of our church had walked that I gained my testimony of this church, modern day prophets, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. We visited Carthage Jail, where the prophet Joseph Smith was killed. I remember standing outside, looking up at the window from where Joseph had fallen after being shot and an overwhelming quiet came over me even though there was a group of youth playing and talking all around me. Looking up at that window, I knew without a shadow of a doubt in my mind that a prophet of God had been martyred there. I knew Joseph Smith was a prophet, that he did indeed see God the Father and Jesus Christ as a boy and that the Book of Mormon which he translated was a true book. This testimony has carried me through my entire life and I am eternally grateful for it. Remaining a member of the church is more than just sticking to how I was raised. To me, the LDS gospel makes sense. Knowing where we came from, why we are here and where we are going brings a depth of perspective, comfort, and assurance that nothing else can bring. Knowing I am a daughter of God makes a difference in how I conduct myself, how I view myself, and how I view others. To me, having a modern-day prophet just makes sense. God does communicate with us today just as he did in Biblical times. Now, more than ever, with opinions in the world and in our country swaying all over the spectrum, I feel confident and safe knowing that God is leading our church through His mouthpiece. Being a Mormon isn't easy, especially with social and cultural pressures. I'm far from perfect too. I don't know or understand everything. Building upon my beliefs and knowledge is a lifetime pursuit. But knowing I am working towards something bigger, towards something that is beyond myself - in fact, living for eternity with my family and with our Lord, makes it all worth it.
I stay at home with my children during the day and I have found that my greatest calling is teaching my children the gospel and about Jesus Christ. It has definitely been a learning experience, because I hold my beliefs very close to my heart and am not as open with them as I should be. I didn't realize that it would take so much practice just to share my beliefs with my children! One thing that has helped me is that every morning I read them the scripture of the week, we sing a children's Primary song that has to do with the scripture, and then we pray together. Every week we also hold Family Home Evening. This is where we sit down together for some family time. We sing songs from the Primary songbook or church hymnal, share a gospel lesson, pray, have a game or activity and, of course, eat some treats! Our 4-year old son looks forward to these times a lot and is always reminding us to have Family Home Evening. In my church I am on a committee to help put together the bi-annual women's conference where the church member women or sisters as we call each other come together to be edified in spirit and soul, to provide service, eat, and visit with one another. I also team up with a sister in my ward congregation and we visit 3 other sisters in our ward to share a gospel message, to get to know them better, and to provide service where it is needed. This is what we call "visiting teaching." It's our way of taking care of one another. I love to be able to use my talents to serve and help others. Since cooking is a passion of mine, I lead a cooking group in our women's organization of our congregation. Every month I invite the sisters over to learn various cooking skills. We have a great time!