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Hi I'm Sara-Jayne

I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have recently graduated from University where I studied Human Ecology. Most people don't know what that is but basically it is an interdisciplinary field that studies humans and their various environments and the interactions between those environments. My major was Family studies and minor was child and youth studies. I love learning about family relationships and I am now working for a Head Start program in family support. I work with great people and I really enjoy what I am doing. I grew up in the Vancouver area in British Columbia, in a very multicultural city. I have had the opportunity to learn about many different cultures and beliefs which I love learning about and discussing but I also love to share with others what I believe.

Why I am a Mormon

I once asked my Grandma to tell me about her childhood. She talked about growing up in Germany in a religious home with a mother who taught her of the importance of prayer and following the teachings of Jesus. She found strength in those things but always felt that something was missing. After the Second World War ended she moved to Scotland and there she attended various churches. About 20 years later Mormon missionaries knocked on her door and she invited them in, she said that she knew right away that they spoke the truth. She was soon baptized along with her children. My mom came to Canada as a young adult and married my Dad, who converted to the church when I was 4 months old. It is because of these people that I was raised in the Church. Why do I continue to practice Mormonism? I believe in God, his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. I believe that the world was created and I believe that Jesus Christ was foreordained to become the Savior of the world, he atoned for the sins and sorrows of each person that has, does and will live on this earth. I have prayed about these things and have come to know for myself that they are true. Also as I ponder these things and its magnitude and divinity it makes sense to me. In my own study of the scriptures, I can see that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is patterned after the church that Jesus Christ established during his ministry. Also, when I follow the commandments and principles of the gospel I feel peace and happiness and I know that I am living the way God would have me. When I read the Book of Mormon or listen to the Prophet (The Lords representative on the earth today) I can say for myself (like my Grandma did) ... I know they speak the truth.

How I live my faith

As a Christian, I feel that it is important for me to strive to be a disciple of Christ. This includes telling others about my belief in Christ and to serve others. These are also things that I can always be doing better at and I hope that each day I can determine ways that I can become more like my Savior. In my ward (congregation) I currently have the responsibility to teach others about Family History and genealogy work and to coordinate the music in the ward. I am not very musically talented but I have a great appreciation for uplifting music and its ability to invite the spirit into church meetings and into my life personally. As for genealogy work, I have been researching my own family history for 12 years and helping others with their research for almost as long. I love learning about my own family history and also enjoy helping others discover their family history.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Mormons believe that ‘the family is central to the Creators plan’ (The Family: A Proclamation To The World) and the fundamental unit of Society. We believe that husbands and wives have the responsibility to love and care for each other and their children. Because of this belief the church has put a great emphasis on family relationships and encourages its members to put their family first. A program that the church has is called Family Home Evening (FHE) where family members are asked to set aside one evening a week to devote to sharing a gospel lesson, participating in an activity and having treats as a family. I am single and live away from my family so I get together with other single LDS members where we have a Family Home Evening night each week. However, my greatest life goal is to have and raise a family and this is something that I look forward to having in my own family. Mormons are also encouraged to pray and read their scriptures as a family. Mormons also believe that we can live with our families for eternity, to me this is such an amazing promise and it makes sense that God would have us be born into families and to remain with our family after death as well. This eternal connection is created by a sealing ordinance which is performed inside the many temples we have throughout the world. Show more Show less