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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a wife, a family historian, and a musician. I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student working on an undergraduate degree in Family History and Genealogy with an emphasis in Germanic family history (three classes left!). I was married in the temple to my sweetheart a little over a year ago, which was the best decision I've ever made. We look forward to the day when children join our family. I love singing, playing the piano, studying history, playing with kids, and giving meaningful service. I love trying new recipes, and I like sewing. I love my family, and I love the gospel. While I was growing up, my dad was in the U.S. Air Force, so we moved almost every three years of my life. Moving so much can be difficult for a young girl, but in every place in which I lived, two things were always constant: I always had the Church, and I always had my family. Those two things were anchors for me as I grew older. Moving so much helped me gain a greater appreciation for my family and for my knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

As a family historian, I've found that I am the descendant of many people who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of those ancestors joined the Church in the 1800s, but some, like my grandfather, joined the Church more recently. I was blessed to grow up in a home where the gospel was not just something that was taught; it was something that was lived. As early as I can remember, I have always known that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me; that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins, died, and was risen again; and that Joseph Smith restored the true Church to the earth. I was blessed to grow up in such an environment where believing that the Church is true was easy to do, but I reached a point where I needed to know for myself. When I was a young girl, I finished reading the Book of Mormon. I followed Moroni's challenge to "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true" (Moroni 10:4). The Holy Ghost bore witness to me that the Book of Mormon is true. I'm a Mormon because I know that what is taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, and I know that the Church that Joseph Smith restored is the only true and living Church upon the earth today. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have earnestly tried to apply the teachings of the Book of Mormon into my life, and doing so has brought me peace, joy, and understanding. I know that we are led by a prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson. When I do my best to live these things, I am happy.

How I live my faith

I try to study the scriptures daily and apply them into my life. Life gets busy for everyone, but I've found that on busy days if I spend even just ten minutes studying the scriptures or even just focus on ten verses, I can better feel the Spirit in my life. In fact, when I've taken time to study the scriptures despite my busy schedule, the Lord has blessed me in all areas of my life. I love knowing that as long as I am being the best that I can, the atonement of Jesus Christ makes up the difference so that I can live with Heavenly Father again. My husband and I try to study the scriptures and pray with each other daily. This strengthens our relationship with each other and with our Heavenly Father. We also set aside Monday evenings every week to study the gospel together in something called "Family Home Evening." Although we do not have children yet, we know that continuing this practice now will help us be in the habit of having family time after children come to our family and that it will help them to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ as well. At church, I currently serve in the nursery, which means that I take care of all of the children ages 18 months to 3 years old while their parents go to their church meetings. As I've worked with the children, it's been easy to see why Jesus Christ loves children so much. They are full of light, impressionable, and excited to do good things. They are sensitive to others' emotions. They get excited about the simplest things, including the simple teachings of the gospel. Children are precious souls, and I love being able to assist their parents in teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ.