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Hi I'm Sarah.

I am a fan of good ideas. I love to laugh. My husband and I are raising 4 kids. I am a recovering perfectionist. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I could tell you that I'm a mother of four children, ranging in age from 1 to 10, and married to my best friend of 16 years. That could follow with your typical (and true) fill-in-the-blank lifestyle of carpooling, soccer schedules, chore charts, and diaper changes. But who am I besides the sum of my daily activities? I am a list-maker. On a particularly busy day, when nothing on my list is officially "done," I will figure out what I have accomplished, add that to my list, just so I can cross it off. I am a reader. I can always find time to read. I love good book suggestions, and happily pass mine along. Lately, I've introduced my children to "book night," where I put a blanket across the floor, and we all lie around reading - lovely! I am a people gatherer. Growing up as an Air Force brat, it means that from the moment I meet you to the moment we could be great friends is a matter of minutes. Why? Why not! I am an NPR listener. Let's face it, kids don't want to hear it, but that's why I'm the mom who's got earbuds in while washing dishes - podcasts save the day. My life is a bit chaotic, but I'm learning simplicity. I love that the simple things in life are both what I love to do, and score good mom points with my kids. Digging up worms? I'm all in. Bikes rides? Even better. I am a bit of my past: my childhood, college and grad school, my present: wife, mom, school volunteer, and a bit of the eternal future that I work towards each day. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Some of my passion for life passed along to the different things my parents taught me. Good cooking - absolutely. Daily exercise? So important! But more than that, when they taught me about the gospel, that meant that I immersed myself in learning the teachings of the prophets in the Bible and Book of Mormon, and the prophets of today's time. That passion for learning the gospel through my life has instilled in me an unshakable belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon because I know that God still speaks to us today. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that every prophet since has been called by God. I know that by listening to their words, we can know God's will. I know that God has a plan for us to return to live with Him again. I am delighted that there is plan! I know that the Book of Mormon is a true record of people who looked forward to, and experienced firsthand, the coming of Christ to the American continent. When I was young, my mom would get us up early each morning to practice the piano, get ready for school, do our morning chores, and read The Book of Mormon together. I have such sweet memories of having a glimpse into her love of the Book of Mormon. The first time we finished the whole book, she promised that we could each pray about it, and know for ourselves that it was true. In a bedroom by myself, I prayed, and I still remember that quiet moment of prayer. The Spirit warmed my heart in the way that makes you happy to be alive, and I knew then that the Book of Mormon was inspired by God. I am a Mormon because I am a better person when I live the teachings of Jesus. When I seek for answers to life's many questions in prayer, I am reminded of who I put my trust in. When I lose my troubles in the service of others, I know that we are meant to help answer each others' prayers. When I listen and heed inspired counsel from our prophet, I know that we are blessed to have a loving God who still leads and guides us home.

How I live my faith

From the big picture, down to the minutia, the habits of my faith are intertwined in the fabric of my life. On a big scale, I'm a stay-at-home mom because we believe that it is my role to raise and nurture my children. That's why my college degrees are patiently waiting in a box somewhere in the basement. I'm happy to live this role, especially when I feel God's support in my efforts. I'm blessed to have a husband support me in this, too. Of the things that may seem small and simple (and yet are so big!), I live my faith when I start every day on my knees. I live my faith as I gather my kids around, backpacks on, hair slicked and shoes tied, for a morning prayer and hug every day before they go out into the world. I live my faith as I prepare weekly lessons for 100+ children, ranging in ages from 3 to 11, that involves me (and them) singing, of all things (if only you realized how this is an exercise in faith!). And yet, I feel God's wisdom in letting me work with these children, as I focus on the simple truths of the gospel and feel the spirit confirm them to me every Sunday as we sing. I live my faith as I share my life and beliefs with my friends and neighbors. My life, and consequently my religion, are an open book. I live my faith as I do good things for others. No, I don't make casseroles, or homemade cards, but I do bring dinner for your tough times, or cookies, muffins, bread, chocolate - whatever may help. I live my faith as I continue to invite friends to church, share the message of the Church of Jesus Christ, and as I work be an example of a believer. I live my faith as I spend every Monday working to prepare a lesson for my most important audience - my family. My husband and I teach our children from the scriptures, sing with them, play games, and have a night that's just for us. How I love these nights! I live my faith as I spend time in daily study of the Book of Mormon. So often, my questions asked in prayer are answered as I read.