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Hi I'm Sarah Chilson

I am a New Yorker, a musician, and a missionary in Brazil. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old and the oldest of five children. I was born and raised in Rochester, New York with a little two year detour to Tennessee for my dad's job. I am musician and I play the piano, flute, alto saxophone and organ. I would like to pursue a career in music therapy in the future so I can share the joy of music with others and will be attending Utah State University when I return from my mission. I am a photographer and love to take pictures of my family and the beauty of nature to capture those moments that only happen once.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a home where both of my parents were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, so I followed their example and when I turned eight, I was baptized. I leaned on my parents and other church leaders for their example to see how to live and really "be" a member. I eventually had to gain my own reason for why I continued to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and gain my own testimony. I had to find out for myself if the church really was true. I did this by reading my scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon and going to church weekly. I can't tell you that exact moment where I knew the church was true or I "gained" my testimony. It happened gradually over time. All of those little things added up and I look back now and realize that I have been strengthening my testimony since I was a little girl in Primary. My testimony is everything to me and one of my most precious treasures. I am so grateful for all of those challenging moments that really tested my testimony and faith in the gospel because without them, I would not be the person I am today and would not have as strong of a testimony. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has brought so much joy to my life and I hope to share that joy with others.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of who I am, so the person I am and the choices I make are all based around my faith. Growing up, I went to a high school where I was one of ten Mormons in a school of 1200 people. Needless to say, it was hard sometimes, but I had many good friends who respected that I was a member of the church and even stuck up for me when people would swear around me or tease me. To stand up for who I am I needed to have a solid testimony of the Church and I did that by studying my scriptures, going to church, praying- all of the things that seem simple, but really add up in the end. It can be hard to live in the world today, but I have learned that one of the biggest impacts I can have is through my example. People see how you act and they notice, even if they never say anything to you. It is a hard time to live in this world, but I have learned if you are true to your testimony and Jesus Christ, everything always works out.