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Hi I'm Sara

I grew up in a broken home in Southern California, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom of 1. My husband and I are both avid video gamers (typically, PC). I love to read, learn about other religions, and babywear!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger I didn't have a religious foundation. My mother, as I found out later is a nonparticipating baptist, while my father was (likely) atheist. My mother was very open about religion, and letting you choose your own way, but never actively taught us about it. I had seen the bibles within our home, but never asked about them. When I was 9, I did join our local church for about a yr, but quickly fell out as it wasn't for me, or what I was looking for. Growing up my home was filled with turmoil. My father was mentally ill, and a drug user which caused our home to always be in an uproar. Because of that, and the physical and emotional abuse I endured, I started down a path of depression. I became withdrawn, and suicidal; Often trying out ways to intoxicate myself to numb the pain I felt. Around the time I turned 20, I met my soon to be husband over a video game chat. I went to meet him, in another state and with the rush of love I quickly left my home town to live with him, barely 3 weeks after meeting. This is when I discovered the LDS church. Our first date he took me to the Visitors Center next to the LDS temple. When we walked in, I had a strange wave of fear hit me, then suddenly, I was balling my eyes out, shaking tremendously. I felt warmth and love that I never had felt before. Something was silently telling me "You are HOME, you are HOME", and I knew it was true. Because of this I agreed to meet with the Missionaries for my area. My husband was an inactive member at the time, so we took lessons together. As I learned more, my faith grew, and with my faith growing, my mental state returned to joy and happiness. As my mother put it on the day of my baptism "She was a fish out water that has been returned to the sea". I am now so much happier and at peace. I finally found a home within the church. It took 4 yrs for me to be baptized, and a yr after sealed to my wonderful husband. And, I still feel that warmth every time I am near the Temple!

How I live my faith

When I first joined the church I was part of teaching our younger youth, ages 7. I've also taught the smaller nursery babies (18mo-3yr) and the 3 yr olds. It's a wonderful feeling being able to teach them, spend time with them, and on days they are sad, comfort them.