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Hi I'm Sara.

I am the youngest of six kids and grew up in The Deep South. I am a grad student, a baker, and a night owl. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am curious. I love to learn about anything and everything, especially people. I love to talk to people I will never see again. I wasn't always like that. I grew up in a large and loud family, where you practically had to scream to be heard. But in school, I was quiet. Smart and quiet. I finally learned to talk to people when I was in high school and especially in college. Because of my nonstop talking, I have met wonderful people and made incredible friends. I want people to remember me as being the friendliest person they ever met. There is one other thing I want people to remember me for: my baking. I love to bake. I am perhaps at my happiest when I am baking. It lifts my spirits and clears my mind. I want my food to do that for others, too. Right now, I am a graduate student studying user experience design, but that's only a side thing. Before I die, I will open a bakery, and it will be fantastic.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose I could say that I'm a Mormon because I was born into the Church. But somehow, my parents made sure that wasn't the source of my testimony. My parents are from the West, and both come from long lines of Mormon ancestry. They did things differently, though. They moved their young family to the Southeastern United States, knowing well there aren't nearly as many Mormons in that region. People thought we were strange, and they were concerned that we were doomed to Hell. That small amount of persecution brought my siblings and me together. We were a closer family because of it, and my testimony was stronger despite it. In the face of opposition, I had to quickly learn what I believed and figure out how to express that to others. I had to learn what was truly important in the gospel and what were merely cultural norms. Would I be a Mormon, if my parents weren't? I don't know. Perhaps not. But I know I am not a Mormon just because my parents are. I am a Mormon because I think it's the one true Church on the earth. I can't fully explain it, but I feel it, and I know it. It is my rock -- the one thing that is certain, when everything else isn't.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every Sunday. Once a month, I teach one of the Sunday school classes. I teach lessons about families, temples, charity, and Christ. I don't think I'm the best teacher, but I like to do it. It motivates me to learn more about the gospel and to know it well enough to teach it. I also live my faith by paying tithing, attending the temple, serving in my community, being a friend, and telling non-Mormons about what I believe.