Hi I'm Sarah
I am from the Northwest at heart; I love grey sky's, rain, hiking, and recycling. My very first year of college I met the best friend of my life, and married him three years later. He was also my first kiss. We are living on the East Coast attending medical school, and raising our one little son. I love hugging people, hearing stories and telling stories. Mostly I love reading stories and writing stories while eating chocolate chip cookies.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the gospel and raised in it. When I was a senior in high school, a few friends really made me think, "Why do I insist on living the way I do?" It was the first time I had challenged myself to know the truth of what I had been taught all my life. Being a writer I love to spend hours imagining things. I imagined my life without the gospel; who I would be, what I would be doing. What I came to realize was that if I wanted pure joy, pure happiness, and pure love to exist in my life- than there was no other way to do it than to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I am living as true as I can to the precepts taught in this gospel, I feel true joy. Even on my worst days, I can feel happiness protecting me, like an extra layer of skin underneath my real flesh. When I follow the teachings of Christ I know I am never without love. Who would want to live a life devoid of love, and devoid of happiness? That wouldn't be living at all.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is an every day, every moment part of my life. I have no idea how people manage to get through any part of mortality without it. I remember when I first moved away from home, how baffling it could seem at times trying to learn to live life on my own. (So you have to separate your laundry?) Prayer for me is what it would be like if my mother and I never got off the telephone with one another. I have the Lord there, my Heavenly Eternal Father, every second of every day giving me advice, warnings, peace, comfort, inspiration, and love. The best part is, is that I don't have to pay for minuets when I talk with Him, and He never falls asleep on the other line!
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
When I was 21 my very best friend of seven years passed away. I had an extremely difficult time coping with the loss, and questioned much about life and what I believed. This particular friend of mine used to own a white truck, and we had a lot of fun memories wrapped inside of it. Even today, 4 years after he has passed on, I think of him, and want to laugh whenever I see an old white pick-up truck. I realized that this is because I have the knowledge given me by the church that we are eternal beings- that life goes on. Because of my faith in the Plan of Happiness, I know that someday I will be able to smile and laugh with him again. I miss him now, but the pain is much, much softer knowing that I have not lost him, and that I never will.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Both my husband and I believe strongly in the scripture in the Bible that states, "God is Love." The first rule we live by in our relationship with one another, with our child, and in our home is love. If you spend your time in your relationships with others thinking about how much you love them, why you love them, and how you can love them better- there is very little room for anything negative to sneak in. And no other religion on earth so truly teaches that love is the most important principle. Everything about the Mormon religion, when you boil it down, is about love. If you bring that love into your home, into your life, into your relationships, into yourself- you can't help but have harmony and happiness.
How I live my faith
Right now I teach a Sunday School class of eight little 5 year old children. It is a hard task for me because I struggle with patience. However, after teaching these children for a little over two months, I have come to love even the most unruly of them. What is amazing about children is how simple, logical, and uncomplicated the world is to them. By teaching them lessons about the gospel every week, I have started to realize that life can be very chaotic, so the Lord has given us the simplest way He can to get through it. That is how I live my faith-in the simplest most logical ways. I don't drink because it keeps me healthy. I dress modestly because it shows respect to myself, and to my husband. I say my prayers because it helps me through each daily challenge. I read the scriptures because the words in them gives me courage and strength. A small man can move a mountain if he has the right equipment; the gospel is my easy to use equipment to tunnel through the mountain of life.