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Hi I'm Sara

I'm a California girl who loves to travel and wishes everyday was a beach day! I'm a wife and mother of 3. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’ve been married to an amazing man for almost 12 years. I love traveling with my husband, playing with my kids, girl’s night outs, reading, digital scrapbooking, and taking pictures. I’m a stay at home mom to 3 adorable and silly kiddos. I have a serious weakness for baked goodies, shopping online and following great ideas found on Pintrest. I met my husband at San Jose State University and graduated in 2000 with a BS in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics. I worked in the consumer electronic industry for 6 years as a Program Manager in my BC (before children) life. I love to be organized and one day would like to clean out a hoarder’s home! My husband thinks that is crazy. I help lead my daughter's Girl Scout Troop, volunteer in my kids' classrooms, room mom to two classes, help with the school website and yearbook, serve on the board of our community swim club, and drive my kids to all their activities. Typical stay-at-home mom and loving every minute of it. Well, not every minute, but most of it! I'm always going through recipes looking for those rare ones that everyone in the family will love, is healthy for us, and doesn't require hours of prep. I love checklists, tools that promise to help you be organized, labels, and storage bins. I love to start projects, but don't always finish them in the time I would like. I love family movie nights and baking goodies with the kids. Life is good sometimes.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in California, as did my parents and grandparents. I think that makes me a native! I was raised as a Mormon and have some amazing Pioneer heritage as well as family members that are more recent converts to the church. I have chosen to remain in this faith because I know my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know me and love me, even when I am not feeling lovable. I know who I am, where I came from, and where I am going. I know all of this because of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love the values the Mormon church teaches, and I enjoy that no matter where you go in the world, the Mormon church is the same. The message of the gospel is so beautifully simple and makes so much sense to me. It teaches us that families are eternal if we live the commandments given to us by our Heavenly Father. To know that I can live with my family again after death is very comforting especially after the loss of our first born daughter Lauren. I am a Mormon because it gives me more happiness and lasting peace than anything else ever could. The gospel keeps me grounded when daily life pushes and pulls in every direction. My testimony of the gospel has come in spurts. Not all at once. Every time I have turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer to know the truthfulness about some part of this gospel He has answered with peaceful feelings, through a scripture or messages from our prophets, or through someone else serving me or telling me exactly what I needed to hear.

How I live my faith

I love the spirit of service in the church! We are given lots of opportunities to serve each other and our community. Currently I serve in the Relief Society and help plan activities for the ladies in our ward so we can build better friendships, build our testimonies, laugh, and hopefully learn a new skill or hobby. I meet often to discuss the needs of the women in our ward (congregation) and help them in ways that we can. Sometimes this can be hard emotionally, or take time away from my own family. But we have been served in the past when we went through a death in our family. Its my way to give back to those that served us in our "hour of need." My husband and I try to have prayer in our home every day and read from the scriptures with our kids at night. We attend church each Sunday and follow the commandments. We are not perfect, but the gospel is a guide on how to be better people.