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Hi I'm Sarah

I grew up in Delaware and haved lived in Venezuela, Florida, Washington, and Texas. I'm the mother of 3 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In college, I pursued a degree in therapeutic recreation, and met my husband-to-be. We have been married for almost 9 years. We have a 6 year old daughter, a 4 year old son, and a 6 month old baby boy. Our boys have substantial hearing loss stemming from a congenital abnormality, so we spend a lot of time with audiologists, ear nose and throat specialists, and speech therapists. I've been homeschooling my daughter for the past year, and have thoroughly enjoyed the learning process. Our family loves spending time outdoors, swimming, biking, hiking, camping, and exploring. Reading books opens the door to indoor adventures. We are also passionate about sports, including basketball, football, and soccer. I've moved all over the country during the past nine years, living wherever the job takes us. We've seen the space shuttle launch from the coast of Florida, explored the rocky shores and endured the misty rains of Washington, and survived hurricanes here in Texas. No matter where we have lived, we have developed meaningful and lasting friendships and tried to enjoy the beauty of where we live.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly, I don't remember my life before my parents joined the church. They were baptized while I was just a toddler, and I've grown up being taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, that doesn't mean I haven't learned the truth for myself. There have been several poignant experiences that have shaped who I am and why I'm a Mormon. When I was about 13, my family took a vacation to the place where Joseph Smith received the First Vision, where he saw God the Father, and Jesus Christ. It afforded me the chance to pray, in a very sacred spot, and ponder what I had been taught since a very young age. The power and peace I felt in response to that prayer affirmed to me that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. In knowing this, I also knew the Book of Mormon was true, and that I belonged to true Church of Jesus Christ. A few years later, I had started to question who I was. I felt unnoticed and unimportant. Fear slowly crept in, causing me to doubt what I had been taught for so long. A special blessing reminded me that I was known and loved by a Heavenly Father, and erased the lingering doubts I had been feeling. I was a child of God, born to a family who loved me, and I knew God was aware of me. Other experiences have served to strengthen my faith. Many times, I have felt the joy living the gospel brings me. It gives me peace amidst uncertainty. I have received answers to prayers, and understand who I am, why I am here on earth, and what comes next. Christ lived and died for me, and I'm learning to live like Him, so I can live with Him again. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

At church, I work very closely with the women of our congregation. Part of my responsibility is to take care of their temporal, emotional, and spiritual needs. It's an imcomparable experience to get to know these beautiful women on a different level. It's helped me realize that each of us face hardships throughout our lives. Some of the difficulties we go through may be visible - financial struggles, health issues, accidents and death, while many other challenges are internalized - depression, anxiety, doubt. While each of these trials are very unique and personal, I've learned that more often than not, someone else has had similar experiences. Serving in this capacity has helped me manage my own problems better, and given me a greater sense of compassion for those who are struggling. A few years ago, I learned that our oldest son (now 4) had a severe hearing impairment that has significantly affected his speech. This past year, our newborn son was diagnosed with the very same condition. The Church has blessed us in numerous ways in dealing with this challenge. First, I've become more open to receiving service. Countless hours of babysitting has been given by friends from church while I travel from various medical appointments and procedures. Meals have been brought in. Sometimes, it's just a kind word or smile or hug that helps me to keep going. Second, I've come to know that even though this is not an "easy" challenge I have to face, it was meant for my learning and growth. The gospel of Christ is helping me become more patient and understanding. Because of my faith, I am growing to be a better wife and mother. The gospel and church gives me a different perspective on our individual struggles and strengthens me each day.