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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a grew up in Washington state. I'm a wife, a nurse and a mom of five. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an army brat. My parents and four siblings and I moved around quite a bit while I was growing up. Sometimes it was hard, but we were a close family and really relied on each other. We settled on the west side of Washington when my dad retired from the military. That's the place that feels like home to me. I got a bachelor's degree in nursing and then did a graduate fellowship at a university in the Washington D.C. area. It was a challenging, albeit lonely, time for me. I met my husband and then moved to Utah to be with him. Marrying was a dream that I never thought would come true for me. I always wanted to get married and have a family, but never thought I would find the right person. I am so grateful that I did. We settled in Utah and started a family. I continued to work part-time as a nurse. After having three little boys, we decided to have one more to see if we could finally have a daughter. When they told me I was carrying twins, I thought it was a joke. During my pregnancy, the state of the economy began to really affect our family. My employer cut salaries and my husband got laid off. No one else would fire me and my husband couldn't find a position anywhere. It was a rough time. We made the difficult decision to leave our home, extended families, and life in Utah for my husband to attend law school. We rented out our home, moved 800 miles away and for the first time I became a stay-at-home mom. It's been a difficult transition, but I love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a strong background in the Mormon faith. I come from pioneer heritage. My ancestors came West with Mormon pioneers in handcarts and wagons. My parents raised us in the Mormon church. But like anyone, you have to make your own path. There comes a time when you have to choose for yourself. During my teenage years, I thought maybe I could do it on my own... Maybe my parents and leaders were wrong? I quickly discovered that they weren't. I read the Book of Mormon in a month when I was 15 years old and knelt down and begged God to answer my prayer about whether not what I had read was true. The answer was a resounding, "YES." I have never forgotten that experience. When challenges and difficulties come my way and I feel like life would be much easier without the commandments, when I think I can do it on my own I remember that my Heavenly Father answers my prayers. He has shown me the way to true happiness. I am often asked by friends why I belong to a church that's so 'hard' to live, has so many 'rules.' The answer, to me, is so clear. Nothing worth having or doing is ever easy. The 'rules' actually make my life so much easier in the long run. Becoming a better wife, mother and human being should be hard. It should require sacrifice and effort. The Mormon church is not a place you go on Sunday, the gospel of Jesus Christ is how you live your life. I testify that I know the Book of Mormon is true. It is such a tender testament of how our Heavenly Father loves ALL His children. I am so grateful to have it in my life to go to for guidance and answers. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet. It gives me so much comfort that the Lord will bring to pass His will no matter what. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be with my husband and children for longer than 'til death do us part.' I love them so much and want them forever, and the Lord has shown me the way that I can have them forever. What more could I want?

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things about the Mormon church, as an organization, is that we don't have paid ministry. Everything is volunteer, from the leader (bishop) of the ward, to the Sunday school teachers. Because of that, I have been able to participate in a lot of different areas of the church. I have taught young children in the children's organization (the Primary) and have served in leadership callings in the women's organization (Relief Society). When I have been asked to serve in certain places, I am often intimidated and daunted by the challenges that I may face in taking on this responsibility. But I am comforted by the fact that Heavenly Father knows I can do it and I wouldn't be asked to do this if He didn't know that I could. All of these opportunities to serve have allowed me to stretch and grow in ways that I couldn't have done otherwise. I am grateful for the opportunity to look beyond myself and serve in the church.