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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm spunky. I like a good sense of humor. I'm a work in progress and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

What motivates me is the thought that you only have one life, so make it count. I believe in second chances, mess ups, re-do's and being a work in progress. I grew up as the only girl in a house full of boys. It was good for me because brothers have a way of teaching you not to take yourself too seriously! Ironically enough my husband and I are now raising four, beautiful girls. I love my daughters so much and am amazed not only at all the things they teach me, but also by how much they motivate me to be a better person. I was always a pretty shy kid and teenager. I held myself back a lot with feelings of self-doubt. Because of that I felt like I missed out on a lot of things. After becoming a mother for the first time, I remember looking into my daughter's face and wanting for her to experience life in a way that I never allowed myself to. With a heart wide open, unafraid of failure and willing to go out on a limb. I wanted her to be confident in who SHE was. I wanted her to know she was capable of anything she could dream up...and then I realized, if I wanted her to know that, that I would have to become that. I would have to be willing to let all my closely held insecurities go if I wanted that for her. I would have to be that example. I have gained so much ground, but I truly am a work in progress. I find so much hope though as each layer of insecurity is peeled away and I can feel myself coming closer to being the person that I know that God knows I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Provo, Utah, a little BYU (Brigham Young University) baby while my Dad was attending school there. It doesn't get any more Mormon than that, right? I was raised in the church by wonderful parents. But that isn't why I am a member. I am a member because as a 14-year-old teenage girl, I got down on my knees earnestly seeking to know "God. Are you there? Are you really real?" I had been taught that He was real. But I had also been taught that you can not rely on the beliefs of others around you. You must ask God, in faith, yourself to know what is true. What I received following my simple, but heartfelt prayer was an immediate, strong impression, like an inaudible voice speaking from soul to soul "Yes, I am here." This was followed by an indescribable warmth that started in my chest and spread throughout my whole body. It wasn't like anything I had ever felt before. There were no trumpeting angels, but I knew my prayer had been answered. It was that experience that solidified my faith in the existence of a Father in Heaven who loved me. Who despite the billions of people in this world, took the time to let me, in a moment of searching, know He was there. I can't tell you what that meant to me. I can't tell you how that changed my life. Because of that day, I have an undeniable knowledge of my Heavenly Father. He has guided me as I have continued to search for knowledge. Specifically in my search to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. That it truly is the work of His Son, Jesus Christ, restored and on the Earth today being guided and directed by Christ himself through the mouthpiece of Holy Prophets. Some may say that is crazy. That the heavens are closed. That God is a distant God. I know for myself that this is not true. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us with a love that is unimaginable and have not left us here to toil through the mysteries of life alone. They are here for us and are always just a prayer away.

How I live my faith

There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ in addition to the Bible, that says "When ye are in the service of your fellow being, ye are only in the service of your God." My Father in Heaven has been so good to me. He has loved me, cared for and guided me through some very hard times in my life. I feel like there is never anything I could do to repay Him and my brother Jesus Christ for Their goodness, for Their faith in me and for Their love. So when I came to learn that by striving, however imperfectly, to be a good person and that by loving and serving my fellow man that I also was loving and serving my God, I was so grateful to be able to give something back in return for the blessings I have received. Members of my Church all believe this. It's why we serve each other and those around us without pay or compensation. Christ in His mortal ministry on Earth never sought to ask "What's in it for me?" but strived continually to serve others. As followers of Christ we seek to follow His example and do the same. I have served in the Church's children's organization, the organization for the teenage girls and I have served in the women's organization. Regardless of where I have served, whether it required a lot or a little, I have done so because it is the least that I can do to give gratitude to the God that has given me everything that I have.