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Hi I'm Sarah

I grew up in Colorado and love the mountains. I am a school psychologist, dog lover, wife, and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado, and because of this, I love nature. I love the mountains-hiking, camping, anything outdoors! I also love to be active, with running being my main hobby. I have done 6 half marathons, 1 full marathon, and hope to do many more of both in the future! I attended undergraduate school in Utah, and graduate school in Delaware. Through this, I have come to appreciate many different aspects of God's creations, although I will always be a Colorado girl! I am married to my dream man, and we work every day to keep our relationship strong and happy. We have been blessed with one baby daughter who passed away a few days before she was born. Although we miss her, we are grateful for the plan of salvation and know we will be able to see her again. We also have a wonderful goldendoodle who loves to go on adventures with us.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when my mom was pregnant with me, so I have been a member my whole life. Growing up in the Church was a great experience because it helped me avoid so many harmful and difficult things that kids and teenagers can get involved in. I was taught good principles and surrounded myself with other kids of similar standards. As I grew older and lived on my own, it was never a question to me of if I wanted to still be Mormon or not. I had a strong testimony that the Church was true and I knew that I was happier when I lived by the commandments. Today, living away from family and living in an area with fewer members of the Church, I have to make a diligent effort to be a strong and faithful member. I do this so that I can be happy and have the peace and comfort in my life that only comes when we are living our lives the right way. I know that I can receive guidance and help from Heavenly Father if I am doing my part, and that is priceless to me. The world is a very confusing and scary place if we do not have that guidance and comfort. I am also a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and I know it is true. Based on that knowledge, I have come to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today. I know that the modern day revelation we have access to can help us as we make choices and prepare for the future. Most importantly, I am a Mormon because I know that this is Jesus Christ's church. I know he died for me and is always there for me, and I want to live in such a way that will be pleasing to him.

How I live my faith

I am a youth leader at church. I get to plan and attend activities and teach the girls who are 12-18. I love this, because as I teach them, I have the chance to re-learn important lessons that apply to me as well as to them. I also learn so much from them, because they are strong and share their beliefs with me as I teach. It is inspiring to see them draw closer to Christ because I can see how they are happier as they make decisions that allow them to draw closer to Him. I have learned that the most important way to live the gospel of Christ is to love others. This is simple, but I know if I can be a good friend, show love to the people around me, and reach out to make a difference in others' lives, that is a good way to show Christ that I love Him and I am trying to be like Him.

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

Sarah
Husband and wife can be married together forever if they are married in the temple by someone holding the Melchizidek priesthood. After this, they must both continue to live righteously and keep the promises they made to each other and to Heavenly Father in the temple and at baptism in order to be together forever. When they have children, their children will be born sealed to them. It is through this that we believe families can be together forever. This was one of the reasons my parents first got interested in the Church. They said it always bothered them that they would only be together "til death do us part" because if they really loved each other, they would want to be together after death, as well. Learning about the doctrine of eternal families brought them great peace because it meant there was a way for them to not be separated at death. Now that I am married, I cannot imagine being separated from my husband after death. I am so thankful for the sealing ordinances that we have and that we can be together forever. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Sarah
Being Mormon is great! It helps me have focus in my life on what is really important--families, God, and serving others. As we reach out to others, we are happier because we are not focused on ourselves. Being Mormon gives me a different perspective because I don't view my life as being just here on earth, but I know that I existed before I was born and that I will exist after I die. Knowing this affects the choices I make and makes me want to live better and more selflessly than if I thought it was just here and now. I know I am happier being Mormon and having this sense of purpose. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Sarah
The only way to know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church is to learn about it and pray about it. You can receive an answer through the Holy Ghost bringing feelings of peace and joy. When I pray about something, I know it is right because it feels right and I feel comfortable with it. Show more Show less