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Hi I'm Sariah

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aka Mormon. I grew up in California.

About Me

With a name like Sariah, I often get asked where it came from. When I tell them it's a Hebrew version of the name Sarah, they wonder if I myself am Hebrew. I laugh and reply that I am not Hebrew. My name comes from the Book of Mormon, which I encourage all to read. I actually come from an Icelandic heritage, although the last few generations have been born in the US. I have a loving family that raised me well. I grew up in Califorina- where it is difficult to be a Mormon, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I graduated a few years ago in Psychology, and am now using it as I assist with customer needs in my current profession. I love to read books, particularly contemproary teen novels (who doesn't). I've been married for 5 years, no children yet. My husband and I love the outdoors, especially the mountains. We plan on starting a family soon. I have a great love for my country. I see it struggling sometimes, and it makes me sad. But, I know that this is a promised land, and things will get better.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life. I come from an amazing line of stalwart progenitors who have passed the gospel down to me. However, I am not a member just because my parents, or grandparents were members. I do not believe in following the crowd, without researching and understanding where that crowd is going. I have come to know for myself that this is the true church. I have studied the life of Joseph Smith, and I feel deeply that he was a true prophet. I have read and prayed about the Book of Mormon, and believe firmly that it was written by prophets of God, and meant for us in these latter days. I belive that Thomas S Monson is a prophet of God, that he leads and directs God's church today. I cherish every moment I can hear him speak, and feel the love he has for all of us. I do not have an amazing conversion story. Sometimes I wish I did, so I could have something interesting to share. The truth is, I've known that this church is true from my childhood. Through the years, I have studied my faith, along with other faiths, and can honestly say that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church on this earth today. Other churches do have partial truths, and can be great places to start. But, I would rather be a part of the church that has the whole truth, the restored truth, and a prophet that receives continuing revelations for our days.

How I live my faith

As I've said before, I grew up in California, which is not the easiest place to be a Mormon. We do not agree with a lot of the conventional styles and attitudes that many young people have adopted. However, I feel that it made my faith stronger. I saw how living my standards has made me a better person. I was also kept safe from harmful influences like drugs and alcohol. I saw the path that those influences can take you, and I did not want to go there. My friends knew my standards, which was good. However, it also meant that I was often on the outside. I eventually moved to Utah for college. This was a great opportunity for me because I was finally around a peer group that shared my same beliefs. I enjoyed my college years, but did not feel the need to stay in Utah. I believe that there needs to be strong, faithful members throughout the world. I wanted to be out there, to be a good example. I have served in many different positions in this church. I have helped with the Relief Society (a women's organization), the Activities committee, and with little children in the Primary organization. I love serving those in my ward. I love going to church and being with other people that believe the same things as I do. I encourage everyone to learn about this church and read the Book of Mormon. And, most of all, pray to know for yourself if this church is true. If you are honest in your desire to learn, the Holy Spirit will answer you.