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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a mother of three and an aspiring author. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the suburbs with a small and happy family, just me, my mom, my dad, and my younger brother. I liked school and learning, especially anything to do with reading and writing. When I went to college, I decided to study English. After I graduated, my husband and I decided we were ready for the next step in our lives--kids. Almost seven years later, I have three beautiful children, and I get to be their mom full-time, but in the off hours, I enjoy writing stories of all shapes and sizes. My usual genre of choice is Young Adult because it's more fun than writing for adults. I'm hoping to be published someday, and I'm working slowly but steadily to achieve that, but right now my kids are my priority. When I'm not writing or doing mommy-ish things, I'm reading, sewing, visiting with friends, or even jogging (sometimes).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church with a family who taught me about the gospel through their words and their actions. There were times I questioned the things I'd been taught, especially when I was a teenager and the whole world was telling me that all normal teenagers rebel and I should, too. But one of the most fundamental teachings of our church is that we never have to "just accept" anything. We are encouraged to pray to Heavenly Father with a willingness to follow his answer and to move forward in faith, and if we do that, the Holy Spirit will teach our hearts the truth of what we've been taught. I have used that model time and time again, and I know that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on Earth today because the Holy Spirit has spoken to my heart. So each time I question something, or each time I doubt, I go back again, studying and praying and trying to be obedient, and the answer always comes. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In my ward, we have about forty children under twelve, and I have recently been called to be in charge of ALL of them. Of course I have help: I have other leaders and teachers who bear much of the burden, as well as help from parents. But the job was still overwhelming at first. I am very grateful that I'm finally getting to know the responsibilities of my position, and I'm grateful every day for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in making decisions and guiding the Primary (the children's organization). On Sundays now I spend two hours teaching, guiding, organizing, and shushing, and I am loving every minute of it. The Lord has blessed me with a love for the children and a love for the other leaders. During the weeks, I also go visiting teaching to four women in our ward who I have come to love very much, and as the children's leader, I am part of the council of leaders who plan and organize the functioning of the whole congregation. On top of all the rest, I try to teach my children the gospel at home through structured lessons and through family scriptures study and family prayer. None of it is easy, but it brings so much joy.