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Hi I'm Sarah

I grew up in Queensland, Australia. I played at Nationals for volleyball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have just finished school and am looking at going to University. I am highly interested in sport mostly however volleyball. I have been to a National tournament and won gold. I help to run a volleyball club which is very successful. I am one of just two children with my elder brother currently serving a mission in New Zealand; he has been out just over 6 months and will come home just before Christmas 2012 :) Although from myself to my most extended family members only 3 of us are members, including my brother, my mother and myself. My step dad is not a member which has made it hard for the family. I have been blessed with many difficult and unbelievable trials in my life. Many of which have moulded me to the person I am today. I am definitely a unique daughter of God, I like to be a leader and have helped over the many years to lead my generation of youth through their trials to better themselves and their relationship with Heavenly Father. I am however very far from perfect but each day I am striving to improve one thing in my life to build my relationship with my Father in Heaven and to bring more harmony and peace into my life and others around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced into the church when my Mother joined just after my father passed away. I was a few months short of my 4th birthday. I was later baptised on the 10th March 2001. I have always been active in the church until recently when a trial crushed my faith and I withdrew from the church. Although it doesn't matter how much I wanted to rebel or wanted to be 'free' I couldn't. I am working my way back to being the person I used to be in the gospel because I know I will never be truly happy any other way. Every time I tried to push myself further away from the gospel I couldn't and that is because I know without a shadow of doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true and everlasting gospel. As much as I tried to ignore it I knew that I was and am a Daughter of my Heavenly Father and that he loves me, for who I am and he wants me to return to live with him. Over the duration of my life it seems as though I have had trial after trial, where I haven't had one small moment where someone around me isn't passing away or I am not being personally victimised. Many are surprised that I am still standing at such a young age, however I am so grateful for those trials. Although at certain points like the beginning of a trial or on a 'bad' day I may not be grateful, I know that the Lord has a lesson for me and is giving me these opportunities to grow and to learn and to become closer to Him. These are the reasons I am and will continue to be with my family forever a member of the church. As there is nowhere else I would rather be than with my Saviour who loves me so much to give me the chance to prove worthy, to give me the chance or eternal happiness, who has given me the chance to be in his presence for all time and eternity, and has sacrificed his life to bare my sins in my eyes is the greatest love of all. Those reasons are why I cannot and will not walk away from him. I plead with everyone to gain their own testimony through their Redeemer!

How I live my faith

I am currently in an all YSA ward (Young Single Adults, 18-30yrs) there are so many activities that are held and it is such an inspiration to be a part of a ward that is run and sustained by the members of no more than 30years of age. There are always so many opportunities to help others in this ward as there are always couples getting married or new members moving in or out of the ward area. I was in the ward for no more than a month and I had a whole bunch of members help me move, and I had to opportunity to help 3 different people move and be able to cook dinners for those members. The brilliant structure of our ward means that even if you don't have a calling you are able to help simply by being a friend to others and helping them to attend activities. As I am on the bottom end of the age group I am still getting used to the YSA side of things but having the ward chapel 10m from the Temple is the most amazing experience. We have so many opportunities to attend the temple and the ability to see the beauty every time you attend church is the most uplifting and heart-warming feeling. I believe that attending the temple and helping to make your ward more focussed on the temple will not only bring others closer together but it will help to bring those others closer to their Heavenly Father. I like to also be very involved with the activities that are planned by offering to help in any way possible, it just makes every experience that much richer and increases your faith and passion for the gospel more than you may realise. Also by indulging yourself in the ward activities and structures it helps you to maintain a focus on your goals and brings you closer without realising.

What is being a Mormon like?

Sarah
Being a Mormon is the most exciting and uplifting part of anyone's life. I am so grateful to be a Mormon. I receive more joy than is even imaginable by having the opportunity to participate in personal prayer and scripture study. Being a Mormon and living a wholesome life gives me to opportunity to learn and understand fully Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness. Another beautiful thing about being a Mormon is we are focussed very much on families, this means that I again have the opportunity to have a closer relationship with my family and with others in the church and world that may be less fortunate in not having a family. As it doesn't matter where you go in the world every Mormon treats others as if they are part of their family with welcome and loving arms. Lastly, being a Mormon means I can better understand the love and compassion that comes from serving others, participating in Missionary work and helping to contribute to the society. Show more Show less