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Hi I'm Sarah Naylor

I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a bookworm. I am an EMT. I am a homemaker. I am an adventurer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother. My children take up the bulk of my focus and energies at this point in my life. One pursuit that has been easy for me to maintain while being a mom is my love of reading. I love the classics, history and I dabble in pretty much every other genre as well. I love to read to my children, to hear them read and to share my love of knowledge with them. I love to travel and one of the best summers of my life was spent backpacking through Europe. I'm a big fan of the outdoors and when I can I like to camp, hike, ski (snow & water), snowboard, rock climb and sail. I'm excited to try new things and I look forward to many more adventures in my future. I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician on an ambulance for 6 years. I found this work challenging and rewarding. It is also how I met my husband (as a partner, not a patient). There are many people who work in the health care industry who are heroes in my opinion, often receiving little compensation for their efforts. People with disabilities hold a special place in my heart. I was privileged to spend a cumulative of 5 years working with individuals who are autistic, blind, have cerebral palsy or less specifically have developmental disabilities. The friends that I made at that time have forever changed who I am and how I view the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I know I'm not perfect, far from it. But I believe that I am a child of God, as are each of us, and that I was sent to earth to become like my Father in Heaven who is perfect. I don't think he would set an impossible task before us and I also believe that he has given us tools to help us along the way. It is possible for us to become perfected through Him. My parents are converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Their testimonies had a big impact on me. They often talked about how beneficial religion was to them, growing up in Christian faiths, but how they always felt that there was something missing. Their testimonies resonate with me as I have had similar experiences. Although I have always been a member there have been times when I was just "going through the motions". At these times of my life I have not been filled, there has been something missing. The LDS church has the missing pieces. When I choose to apply them to my life my life is full and purposeful. There is such a difference when I am making a concerted effort to live my days as my Father in Heaven would have me do. I know that Jesus Christ died for me and for every one of us. I feel that I need to do everything in my power to repay his sacrifice for me. I believe that one way that I can do this is by praying sincerely and asking for direction to do the things that he would have me do instead of solely seeking for what I might think is best for me. My Father in Heaven is the ultimate best friend that I can call upon at any time and he will always be there for me. Not only that, but he can see down the bends and turns in my road to everything that lies ahead of me. How could I not ask the advice of someone who can see much further than I can and knows what is best for me? Someone who loves and cares for me even more than I care about myself and regardless of the wrong turns I may take. I am staggered by the mess that my life could be without his supreme direction.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest blessing of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for me is the temple. It is a place of quiet calm and introspection, a place of peace in an often troubled and noisome world. I love to visit the temple to clear my mind, to seek answers to prayers, and to reaffirm commitments that I have made there. A friend of mine recently reminded me of how wonderful it is to travel as a member of the church. No matter where you are, as a visitor or in a new home you have instant friends! As members of the church we can be very different from each other but with the same core beliefs and values we have enough in common to overcome any other differences. With our many differences we are able to serve each other in so many variant ways. Another sister's talents may make up for some of my deficiencies and vice versa and we learn from each other. I conduct the music on Sunday mornings. At first this was scary for me but I have grown to love it. It has also reminded me of a love of music that I have let slide a little bit over the years. My favorite thing about this calling is that I get to choose the hymns! I'm a little bit of a control freak so I love having control over what songs we sing. In the past I have served as an instructor to the women and to the children, as a missionary, as a librarian and as a counselor. I love that the work I am called to do in the church is always changing and helping me to grow in ways I never thought possible.