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Hi I'm Sariah

I am 6 ft hard-of-hearing redheaded lacrosse player. California Redlands Mission spanish speaking. Mexico MTC 2/4/15.

About Me

Oh hello! I am 19 and moved across the country on my own seeking new adventure. I play lacrosse and I am a 6 foot redhead, so I'm a pretty distinct human being in a crowd. I lost 30 % of my hearing upon impact in a game about 2 years back, my grampa works with Deaf children in Wisconsin so I've been signing for years. I love anything to do with the outdoors and dirt. Yellow makes me happy. I enjoy traveling and hate staying somewhere for more than 5 years, I guess I just get restless with routine. Spontaneity is my forte. I love running outdoors although my breathing may make it sound like I'm dying, I enjoy it I promise! I also enjoy trying new things and am an extreme adrenaline junkie. I have a passion for dancing and I am an avid shower singer. Middle child. I have been called to serve in the California Redlands Mission and will be spanish speaking. I leave for the Mexico MTC February 4, 2015. Upon my return I want to get a bachelors in Aviation Science at UVU, transfer to Gallueduet University in Maryland and get my interpreting license for sign language and then transfer to the medical program in Cambridge, England. I want to be an Aerospace Medicine/Flight Surgeon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. I traveled 4 hours through a blizzard in Wisconsin and Chicago to get baptized on January 4, 2004. But I wasn't truly converted until years later. For some, they are members because of the expectation to be, others because the social aspect of it… but there are some people who have lost everything to become a member. I have lost countless friends, family and relationships because I am a member. So why am I a Mormon you ask? Because I have never found a more satisfying joy in my life. The desire to serve a mission rooted from when I was four years old--we had the first set of Sister missionaries come through our little town in Indiana--and I saw a distinguished light in their eyes, and felt a warmth about them. I longed for that light in my own eyes. Upon observation I realized that the light in their eyes was a reflection of their own conversion and dedication to living the gospel, so I tested it out, and I have been truly blessed because of it. I will not lie to you. I will not tell you it is easy following all the guidelines or that your challenges will cease because you are faithful; but trust me when I say it will be worth it. I am a Mormon because of the happiness it brings me. Having a fullness of the gospel has deeply enriched my life and I am immensely blessed. My responsibility as a missionary will not be to convert everyone I see, but to invite everyone I see to come unto Christ. This is the Lords church, directed by ordained men. This is the restored gospel, and I know it's true. The people aren't perfect, but the gospel is. I invite you to come and see.

How I live my faith

I am a strong believer that your life preaches far before your lips. Its not enough to simply believe and teach the gospel, but you have to make it applicable to your life--everyday. I am not the best, nor will I pretend to be, at prayers in the morning. I work 3 jobs to pay for my mission and don't get home till nightfall and have an early morning the next day. Due to lack of sleep I often neglect my morning prayers. Its something I have to work on. But the foundation of our gospel isn't merely the 10 commandments and Word of Wisdom, although those are the building blocks, the foundation as a Christian is to exercise the pure love of Christ. That's the best way to exercise your faith--love and serve your fellow men. You can love a sinner and not the sin, but you will get NO WHERE if you judge someone. Everyone you meet just wants to be loved, accepted and understood and to be happy. We all have a common goal, so our responsibility as Christians is to love, support, encourage and edify one another. I just keep trying to be the best that I can be, and be open to the changes God needs me to make.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Official Church Answer Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21). In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of: Tobacco. Alcohol. Coffee and tea. Illegal drugs. God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

God will help you recognize the truth of all things if you come to him with a humble heart and a contrite spirit and ask for guidance and reassurance. (James 1:5-6) Continue to study and ponder the knowledge that you have gained and listen with your heart for the inspiration from the Holy Ghost who will manifest the truth unto you. If you live faithfully and live by the Lords commandments you will be able to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost throughout your life. When I feel the spirit it comes as a feeling of peace and a burning in my chest. Show more Show less