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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a Mormon who teaches in the warm, sunny desert

About Me

I grew up moving all around our great country as the oldest child in a military family. I knew early in life that I wanted to be a teacher and kept that dream alive by getting a degree in special education. Because learning is one of my favorite hobbies, I am currently finishing my master's degree in elementary reading and math. I have been a special education teacher in a resource room for 4 years and LOVE it! It has been stressful and rewarding at the same time. I LOVE my students and try to teach them with humor and fun! I'm the teacher that makes songs up and sings and dances in class to get kids paying attention- not going to win any awards on "American Idol" or anything, but we have fun :) I have other interests aside from teaching and being a student. I love reading, working on sewing crafts, exploring the area I live in, watching kid shows (Nickelodeon...), and being a novice home decorator. I enjoy shopping when I can get in and out of store quickly with what I am looking for! I really like just talking and discussing life with my friends. My next goal is to learn how to play the guitar. You could say that being goal oriented is one of my hobbies! Marriage is something I want but haven't been blessed with the opportunity yet, so I keep on working for it. In the mean time, I don't sit around and wait for 'prince charming' to show up! I live my life so that I can be pleased and happy with the decisions I make. Making friends and doing things with them has been a HUGE blessing in my life! I also get to concentrate on being the best aunt I can to 10 awesomely cute and wonderful neices and nephews- yay! (I'm a little biased) That's me in a nutshell. Happy, always working on something, striving for more :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have prayed about the teachings and experiences I have had and have received confirmation that they are true. I have taken the responsibility for myself to find out if the teachings in the Book of Mormon are true. I am not led by blind faith- I have searched for answers and have received them. I have a strong relationship and faith in a Heavenly Father who loves me! While serving a mission for the church several years ago, I realized that I was teaching people what God wanted me to teach. I was His helper and not on my own errand to do what I felt was right. I take these experiences and strive to make my life better. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But I have a firm belief that if I try to make restitution for the wrong I do and move forward without "wallowing" in my sins, God will forgive me! He wants us to be happy.

How I live my faith

Living my faith comes naturally to me. It is something I have always done having grown up as a member of the church most of my life. Currently I work with the teenage girls. We have been busy working on activities involving service projects, camping, and learning how to be better women. Being a teacher I thought it might be easy for me to do this, but I am finding that teenagers and younger elementary aged children are VERY different! It has been a good learning experience for me. Through working with the youth, I have realized there are some things I need to do to keep an eye on on the choices I make in my life. The youth program in the church promotes good living standards such as watching appropriate movies, listening to uplifting music, and steering clear of anything that would detract from being able to have a good relationship with God. As I revisit and recommit to living these standards as an adult, I find more peace in my life. These standards of honesty, modesty in dress and speech, and service are not just for youth- they are things everyone can and should be striving to have in their lives. Another way I live my faith is through monthly visits to assigned women in my ward. I have made many friendships with women over the years by simply visiting with them and sharing messages from our general leaders. We sit and discuss matters of religion as well as life. These women are single like me, married with children, or divorced. We all end up supporting each other through these visits. It is nice to have a web of support through the women's organization! Living without any family around can be burdensome. One advantage of being a member of the church is having a built in 'family' of sorts. Through religious meetings, dinners, visits, and various other activities, I have grown to love this group of people. We support each other through trials and good times. There's no greater feeling of peace than to know I can call any number of my ward "family" for help!