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Hi I'm Sara!

I'm a writer, free-style dancer, outdoor enthusiast, optimist, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student who loves to write, dance, hike, travel, read, laugh, & learn about other cultures! I grew up in Southern California. I have had all sorts of jobs from retail to waitressing to office administration. I am currently studying Public Relations because I love to write, organize, plan, & speak! I believe in working hard but also fully enjoying life & smiling as much as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt in my mind and heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true through praying, studying, and pondering. I know that this path is Christ's. I have seen that the more closely I align myself with the church's teachings, the closer I feel to my Savior. The Book of Mormon clearly testifies of Christ and helps me to better understand the Bible. When I was younger, I tried to find happiness through friends, academics, spending money, and even fashion. Although all of these things are not inherently bad, they shouldn't have been my focus. I realized that the only way to find true lasting happiness is to focus on and follow our Savior Jesus Christ. When we put God first, everything else works out for our good.

How I live my faith

In my congregation I have participated in all sorts of capacities as a missionary, teacher, leader etc. Currently, I am a “visiting teacher”. This means that I am assigned to visit other women in the congregation. I share spiritual messages with them, serve them in any way needed, and offer support & encouragement. I really enjoy this role because it allows me to get to know & make different friends. Usually the people I visit teach or serve become dear friends because there is something unique that happens as we serve, I feel our hearts are lifted and healed. It’s a true miracle that as we lose ourselves in service to others, there is more substance and character to find within ourselves! Although I am not currently affiliated with a service organization, I enjoy serving in any way possible anyone who I see is in need. Although it’s not generally convenient, it's always worth it!

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

I love fashion! But I don't follow every trend because I know that how I dress is an outward expression of my innermost values. We should not feel pressured to wear ultra-tight or revealing clothes because of popular trends. We all are children of God and we were all made in His image. When we come to understand that, then we will want to to show respect for our divinely created bodies in dress and in action. It is much easier to be chaste when we are modestly dressed. I have found that I receive more respect when I am modestly dressed too. One of the first steps to self-respect and confidence is through chastity and modesty. We need to outwardly show what we inwardly believe. Personally, I believe that calling someone “beautiful” or “handsome” rather than “sexy” or “hot” shows we truly value them as divinely created beings, not as objects to gawk at. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

What if we assumed we could waltz into the temple with muddy shoes into the white, elegant and painstakingly clean temple? What disrespect we would be showing our Heavenly Father? The temple is where we go when we are without the “mud” of the world, or when we are spiritually pure. We don't have to be perfect but we have to be doing our best and seeking to emulate our Savior. Members must receive a recommend from their local church leaders in order to enter the temple. To receive a recommend, we are interviewed and asked about our worthiness and obedience to God’s commandments. In John 14:15 and throughout the scriptures Christ has told us, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." We have to observe these guidelines. When we do so, we may participate in the beautiful and symbolic covenants (or promises) with God in the holy temples. In temples, we perform service and gain instruction and peace. We perform baptisms for those who have died. This is done to allow every soul the means to gain eternal life, if they chose to accept it. This testifies to me that God is fair and just. He gives all His children the opportunities they need to return to Him in Heaven. In the temples, we also gain instruction about God’s Plan of Happiness and can be sealed. Sealing is different from civil marriage; it is to be married for this life and the next. God’s power is on the Earth and can help our families be truly happy. I know the love we feel now can last forever. Show more Show less