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Hi I'm Sara

I am a 4th generation Japanese-American. I was born in California and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning, traveling, reading, crafting, watching my children grow, going on dates with my husband, and spending time with friends. Currently learning about: gardening, vermiculture (composting with worms), healthier ways to eat Favorite places I've been: Beijing, China; Disneyland in California Places I want to visit: Scotland; New Zealand; Alaska What I love so much about my children: My six year old daughter has always been wise beyond her years. She is so helpful, thoughtful and nurturing to everyone in our family. She is also a very hard worker and loves school. My five year old son has the most tender heart and loves to love others. He is sweet and gentle with his little cousins, but can also be a rough and tumble little boy. My three year old daughter is bold and adventurous. She loves all living creatures and will cry if we don't let her keep a bug that she finds as a pet. Why I love my husband: He is funny, hard working and he loves his family. Before we even dated I knew that he would be a great father, and that he is. Our weekly date nights give us a chance to reconnect after a busy week. My friends: They teach me so much about who I want to be. I admire all of my friends and appreciate their talents, virtues and the sustenance that they give to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Missionaries first came to my home when I was about five or six years old. Things were kind of rocky in my childhood home, but whenever the missionaries were there, it was filled with happiness and peace. Whenever I attended church, I felt love and a strong desire to know my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. As a teenager, my home life continued to be rocky, but I found peace and solace as I attended church, received counsel from my church leaders, studied the scriptures, and prayed to my Heavenly Father. During the summer of my 15th year, I decided that it would be important for me to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and learn for myself if it was true. I studied with great vigor, looking up words that were unfamiliar and keeping a list of those words on post-it notes over my desk for future reference. Before long, I found the Book of Mormon easier to understand and I grew to love this book. As I read, I also prayed - for understanding and for a witness of its truthfullness. That summer, my prayers were answered, and I learned that the Book of Mormon is a book written by prophets of old and that it contains the words of God. Since then I have always known the Book of Mormon to be true, Joseph Smith to be a prophet of God, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be Christ's restored church here on this earth.

How I live my faith

It is an ongoing labour to live my faith; to live with faith. I often stumble - sometimes many times in one day. Some days, I look at my mountain of shortcomings and I want to throw in the towel. But I haven't given up because I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and won't ever give up on me. So this is how I live my faith - by waking up each day, praying to my Heavenly Father to help me to be better and to do better today. I read the scriptures and try to listen to and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I attend church each week, serve in the church, and try my best to love and care for my family and those around me. My life's labour is to do my best to live as my Savior did - this is how I strive to live my faith.