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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a wife. I'm a biologist. I'm an artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in the western United States my whole life except for a brief stint in Indiana when I was a baby and a short time in Europe on a study abroad. Growing up surrounded by mountains, I have a deep love for nature. There is nowhere that I feel more peace than sitting in a grove of trees or an open meadow. While in college, I formally developed this love of nature by pursuing degrees in biology with emphasis in stream ecology and insects. I currently work as an aquatic ecologist at a local university. Everything I learn in science and see in nature builds my testimony of a loving Creator. I believe that we have an important stewardship over this Earth and will be held accountable for how we treat it. My husband and I spend a lot of time together backpacking, cross country skiing, and other outdoor activities. When I'm not outside, I enjoy creating pieces of art using items I found in nature, as well as knitting, sewing, and dabbling in graphic design. I also love to teach both science and religion and am preparing for the ultimate teaching experience of being a mother. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a church by parents who were modern-day pioneers in the gospel and joined the church despite opposition from their families. I have always felt peace and found purpose at church. I solidified my commitment to the church during college after difficult trials that caused me to turn to my Savior personally for the first time. My faith in the eternal nature of families has been strengthened recently while watching my parents help my brother wage a successful fight against leukemia.  

How I live my faith

I love serving in the church. I was a shy child growing up and serving in the church has helped me to develop greater confidence. I now love reaching out to others through visiting teaching and church callings especially teaching and Relief Society. At work and in the community, I am trying to be more open about my religion by sharing my experience in the church, particularly related to my callings. I am constantly striving to build our home around eternal principles....I struggle most with keeping things consistently clean and orderly but definitely feel the Spirit more strongly in our home when things are in order and when we actively prevent distractions from coming into our home.  

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

We believe that church "callings" - volunteer assignments - help us to develop Christ-like attributes. In addition to giving 10 of our income to the general church fund, we also give of our time without pay. I feel that this makes the service more meaningful, not just a job to get done or hours to log to receive adequate pay. Through my various callings, particularly on service project committees and in Relief Society, I have developed compassion, confidence, and charity. In particular, I have learned inspiring things from my fellow women and am amazed at how the gospel has helped them cope with seemingly insurmountable trials for which I was priveleged to be a small part of the solution. Yes, the church does numerically track some of our assignments, especially home visits, but for me this does not detract from the assignment but rather reinforces its importance and helps me to be accountable for the service I render. Typically, callings are changed every 1-5 years, giving many opportunities to fulfill different roles and experience different aspects of the church. From my callings, I have gained many skills in leadership, teaching, and technology that are applicable in my home, schooling, and work.   Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes....and thank goodness! The eternal nature of marriage strengthens earthly bonds and provides stronger motivation for selfless service. When my husband and I have a disagreement, I am able to hold my tongue or come to an agreement more readily when I think "will this matter in eternity or even tomorrow?" Understanding the eternal nature of families gives me the perspective to weather the daily rollercoaster and to make wise choices about what we do and what we bring into our home. As we attend the temple, our marriage is strengthened and our spiritual connection is increased. I think a lot of people in the world have an interest in this concept given the number of popular songs that have lyrics that express hope for it and in the experiences I have had sharing my testimony with friends who have lost a loved one or are having family issues.   Show more Show less