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Hi I'm Sarah Akkula

I'm a student, a sister, an opera singer, and an administrative assistant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an undergraduate student studying vocal performance at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I love to sing opera, read, hike, and take care of my cats. I enjoy singing in my ward choir and growing in my faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know in my heart that this is Heavenly Father's true church on this earth. I was raised as a Lutheran, but never could convince myself that there was a loving God who cared about the world. I thought there wasn't enough evidence. One summer night I was driving and looking at the beautiful scenery when it hit me- there was evidence of Heavenly Father and His love for us all wherever I looked around me, and I knew that He wanted me to become a Christian. I went to the library the next day and found a book by Elder M. Russell Ballard called Our Search For Happiness, and reading this book changed my life. Elder Ballard's book answered every question about God, our purpose in life, and Heavenly Father's plan for us that I had never been able to answer as a Lutheran. I sought out my local missionaries, started reading the Book of Mormon, and attended a few sacrament meetings before finally deciding to join the church. I was baptized in February of 2011, and I am so happy to have found this amazing church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of the Lord, and I know that the Church, its scriptures, and prophets are true.

How I live my faith

I am still growing in my faith, but my ward has become such an amazing place of learning for me. I love hearing my fellow members give talks, and Sunday school inspires me. I live my faith by singing in the ward choir and serving as ward chorister. Lifting up the Lord in praise through music is such an amazing spiritual experience, and it truly brings one closer to Heavenly Father.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Sarah Akkula
Mormons believe that the purpose of life is the grow and learn. Heavenly Father wants us to live with Him one day and ultimately become like Him. So that we can gain experience and use the gift of agency that He has granted us, he gave us physical bodies and lives on Earth. This life on Earth allows to experience the joys of family life, gain knowledge, make choices and mistakes, and gives us the ability to choose between good and evil. Our lives are a learning experience, and the Church helps to guide us through it to have eternal life with Heavenly Father and our families. Show more Show less