Hi I'm Sarah
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 can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I think one of the biggest things we can do have greater harmony in our homes is to be selective of the media we expose ourselves to. Many of the movies, TV shows, songs, video games, and internet sites that are available to us are very harmful. Many of them are subtle and affect us in ways that we may not immediately perceive, but over time, they wear down our spirits and our desire to do good. We also need to be attentive to the amount of media consumed in our homes. Even good media can distract us from more important things, especially our families. As we are more selective to the type and amount of media that we have in our homes, we will have greater harmony because we will be able to spend more time with each other. We will also be able to avoid the negative communication and behavior patterns that are portrayed in the media and foster positive relationships.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Attending Church services helps me each week because it is a chance to set aside time and re-focus our thoughts and attention to Jesus Christ and his teachings. It is so easy to get sidetracked and distracted from what is really important as we go throughout the week working, preparing meals, doing housework, and worrying about other temporal things. Going to church helps me feel the Spirit and recommit to living the Gospel better the next week. It is also a chance to meet with other people who believe similarly to me. This in itself is strengthening because I can learn from their examples and experiences.
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.