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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a teacher and a tutor. I'm a fantastic auntie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the auntie of eight fantastic "neephlings" (nieces and nephews), whose ages range from almost two to thirteen years. They all live far, far away, so much of our visiting is over the phone, but I get mobbed (in a friendly way, you know) whenever I go out for a visit. I've been tutoring Math at a local college for the last year to make my living, but will shortly be going back to school for degree in teaching; I'm hoping, in the end, to combine my love of teaching with my love of small children and my love of languages, and find that one-in-a-million job teaching foreign language at the elementary level. Wish me luck.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a latter-day-saint family whose roots in the church, in part, go back to Ohio-- within the first decade of when the church was organized. My parents took me and my siblings to church each week, prayed with us daily, and read scriptures with us daily when I was growing up. With a background like that, some people might think, "gosh, she never even really had a chance to be not Mormon!" That isn't really true, though. The stresses and trials of life are such that anyone who is raised with faith has plenty of chances to question whether or not they really think that faith is something they want to continue in. During my own stresses and trials, I've chosen to call upon God and ask Him for help, and He has spoken to me in a voice so soft I almost didn't hear it at times. He has told me to be kinder to myself, and that He has trust in me. He has, in short, spoken peace to my soul. I know that He lives and that He loves me. I know that His son, Jesus Christ, loves me, and that He also did not always have an easy life. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today is a hospital for the sick, not a resort for the saved. I'm slowly learning how to be more resilient, more forgiving, and more willing to speak up when I really feel like I need to. All of this does not change the fact that it is the only true and living church on the earth, and that there is no other way for me to return to live with Heavenly Father than by having faith, repenting, and then making and keeping the sacred covenants available only through the channels he has authroized-- which is through this church.

How I live my faith

On a day-to-day basis, I pray, study my scriptures, try to be kind and dependable for others and myself, and strive to keep my body and mind pure so that I am worthy to receive light and knowledge and wisdom from my Heavenly Father. At the moment, I have two callings (jobs-- they're all unpaid, and almost all active members have at least one) in the church. On Fridays, I work in the Washington, DC temple. What I do each week depends on what the shift supervisor assigns me to do. Sometimes I stand in the hall and help people find where they need to go; sometimes I work in the main office or the sealing office, answering the phone or helping with record-keeping; sometimes I help in other areas of the temple. Lately, I've been getting to help in the Youth Center, where children wait (usually about twenty minutes) before they go to be sealed to their parents for time and all eternity. My other calling is as a ward missionary. In this calling I help the full-time missionaries teach, help teach new member lessons, try to help people who haven't been coming to church come back, and try to share the gospel with the people around me.