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Hi I'm Sara

I love my family, living in Texas, teaching piano lessons, running, and eating homegrown blackberries. And I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I have a degree in Finance and worked in the investments department of a large bank for several years. But I have discovered that the greatest investment is time spent with my four children. It pays big dividends and provides fulfillment and happiness beyond what I felt by participating in multi-million dollar deals. I have survived hurricanes, tornadoes, and growing up in a popular spring break beach town in Florida as a sober Mormon teenager. Enduring hard things has helped me to feel closer to my Savior as I have relied on him for strength. I know that he can bring peace to our souls regardless of our circumstances. This gives me great comfort as I face the reality that we are living in an increasingly stormy world in many ways.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a Mormon pioneer heritage on both sides of my family, and I am so amazed by their faith, strength, and sacrifices. My parents taught the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our home…we prayed, read scriptures as a family, went to church, and served others. They lived what they believed and their positive example was a powerful influence. But tradition alone is not enough to provide a firm foundation of faith. I am a Mormon because I have studied it, lived it, and prayed about it. I have asked questions and received answers. I believe it in my head and in my heart…it makes sense to me and it feels right. I am a Mormon because I believe in a living prophet…someone who God can use to counsel us, warn us, comfort us, and give us specific direction for the world in which we live. Every time I have followed his counsel it has been a blessing in my life. Every time. I try it out. I experiment. I make observations and I draw conclusions. Being a Mormon and living the teachings of the church has saved me from making a lot of choices that would lead to pain and suffering. None of us can avoid trials in this life, but the choices that we make have a significant influence on our quality of life. In a world full of choices, I have learned to distinguish between things that are good, better, and best. I have learned to prioritize my time and focus on things that are of the most value. I serve others more because I am a Mormon. I am less selfish. I am healthier. I am a wiser parent. I am a better person than I would be otherwise.

How I live my faith

I start each day by praying and reading the scriptures. Through prayer I can speak to God and through the scriptures he can speak to me. I like to think that I am a fairly independent and capable person…but I know that things always work out better when I team up with God and ask for his guidance throughout the day. He gives me wisdom beyond my own. I ask him to help me to be patient, kind, generous, and loving. I ask him to help me to have the courage to stand up for the things that I believe…even when it’s not popular. And I ask him to help me know who needs me and how I can help. And I try really hard to listen…and follow. For the past four years I have worked as a youth leader at church and have helped organize large-scale events for 200-400 youth ages 12-18…camps, conferences, motivational talks, social activities, etc. I love working with teenagers. They keep me feeling young and inspire me. I think that each generation of youth in the church gets better…they are resilient, courageous, wise beyond their years, and service-oriented. Each year I am impressed that their favorite part of our three-day conferences are the service projects…whether it is serving as buddies and cheerleaders at a Special Olympics event, planting trees at a local park, or improving a facility for disadvantaged children. I love having the opportunity to work with these kids during an important season of their lives…and I love what I learn from them!