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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a mom and a wife. I'm a musician, a teacher and a student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a loving and close family with parents who were sealed in the temple and taught me and my siblings the gospel. While attending BYU I was married. Within a year after our wedding, my husband suddenly passed away and I was left pregnant and widowed and not quite 20 years old. My parents brought me home, where I gave birth to a beautiful daughter and began life as a single mom. I eventually returned to college to become certified to teach music. I have since become a middle school band director, remarried, and have 2 more beautiful children. I am currently a grad student working on a masters degree. I love to play clarinet in a community band and enjoy scrapbooking when and if I have a free moment. I love my crazy, busy life and I love having a family I can enjoy it with.

Why I am a Mormon

The first real test of my faith came when my first husband passed away. I had always been taught the gospel principles, but this was the first time I truly remember relying on that faith. While the tragedy of the situation was very real, I couldn't help but feel at peace, knowing that my Heavenly Father was helping me through this trial and that his spirit would comfort me. I had been taught that Heavenly Father had a plan for each of us, and I knew that this was part of His plan for me, even though I couldn't see the end of that road. There were so many people that wondered with me why this had to happen. I didn't and still don't know the full answer. But I know that I would not be who I am today without having that experience. My life has not been easy since then. I've made mistakes, I've been lonely, and the trials of being a single parent are endless; but I have learned about myself and what I am capable of through these trials. I am happy with who I am and what I am striving for. I met another wonderful man who I am happily married to. I appreciate that, while he is not a member of the church, he recognizes the benefits of raising our children in the gospel and fully supports our family's church participation - even attending regularly himself. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and has a master plan for each of us and He wants to help us realize our full potential. He wants us to return to Him with our families and will guide us through life if we will choose to follow His Son.

How I live my faith

As a full-time teacher, grad student and mother to a teenager and 2 toddlers, life is pretty full. I do what I feel I need to do for family because my family is the most important thing to me - even though some days I feel like Mom's Taxi Service. I currently serve as the choir director at church, but have taught music to the primary children, led activities for the girls age 8-11, and taught the 16 & 17-year-old girls. I have learned that our Heavenly Father has given us talents with which we can serve Him and bless the lives of those around us.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Sarah
The church teaches that each of us are entitled to personal revelation. This means that we can receive our own answers - we don't have to believe anything based on blind faith alone. In the scriptures, we are promised that if we will sincerely pray to God to know if the gospel is true and believe that He will answer us, then He will. One of the most wonderful things about our Heavenly Father is that He loves us and knows us well enough to answer our questions in a personal way so that we know it is His spirit speaking to us. Every willing person can have their own sacred experience asking and receiving their own answer. Show more Show less