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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a student. I'm a daughter, a sister, a cousin. I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, my name's Sarah. I'm from small town Alabama. I go to UAB for Foreign Languages and Education, but I'm moving to Utah for a while in December. I currently work in the cafe of a book store, I love it. I love being able to express my creativity and making people happy. My customers think it's funny that I don't drink coffee when I work in a cafe, but they respect my abstinence when I tell them why. My favorite thing to do is hangout with my family. They are honestly the coolest people on the face of the planet. I am so blessed in the fact that both my mother's and my father's side of the family are absolutely amazing! I am so grateful for the examples that they have provided for me to live by, and hope that I can be a just as effective example to the people I encounter on a daily bases.

Why I am a Mormon

My story is somewhat of an anomaly. My mother’s side of the family is LDS, for the most part, and my father’s side is all Southern Baptist. My mother was fairly active until I was about nine, so I was never baptized (my father was always against it). I had little to no interaction with the church again until I was 12 when my parents divorced and my mother moved back in with my grandparents. At the time my aunt was the Young Womens President and would drag me along on Wednesday nights and eventually Sunday mornings. She also got me to attend Girls Camp and Youth Conference. This is how I lived for about 4 years. When I look back on those years I remember them as the most fun years of my life, though they were missing on key component: Scripture reading. Because of my lack of Scripture reading my testimony was never able to grow and flourish, and I started to go inactive at the age of 16. I actually graduated Seminary (early morning church classes before school, my grandmother is the teacher) but after that I became completely inactive until a few months ago (I am 19 now). As a look back, my process to of coming back started a year ago. There were little things that were pointing me towards the Church. The first thing I did was attend a Young Single Adult dance and start to date a Mormon boy. That didn’t last long, and I flat out refused to attend church with him, but it was a start. The next, and possibly most important, thing that occurred was my cousin receiving his mission call. I can honestly testify that the family of a missionary receives so many blessings from their service. Lastly I happened to date another Mormon boy, a Return Missionary at that. This relationship didn’t last either, but he was able to talk me into going to church, and indirectly into reading my Scriptures. Finally I was getting what I needed, what I had missed out on the first time around. The power of Scripture reading is unbelievable, and will directly impact your life and testimony.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a constantly progressing aspect of my life. Right now I am focusing on the three most important principles of living the Gospel: Scripture study, Prayer, and Fellowship. I believe if you focus on these things, opportunities to fulfill the other aspects of the Gospel will present themselves. For instance, by attending church meetings and activities we learn about and are offered opportunities to serve and help others. I love these three principles because they complement each other so well. I can tell you from experience that they strengthen each other, that together they are stronger than the value of each separate. Your testimony cannot thrive with only one or two of those things, three is the magic number. Another way I try to live the Gospel is by being an example to those around me. You don't have to be "in your face" with faith, just live the way the scriptures and modern-day revelation instruct you to, and other people will notice. We are a welcoming and service oriented people, and the world recognizes that. So the best thing we can do is be the best we can be and when missionary opportunities present themselves be straight forward and honest and bear your testimony. Everyone may not agree with you, but they should respect you for the courage it takes to do so.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We believe that the purpose of this life is to come here to receive a physical body, then to do everything that is in out power to make sure that ourselves and our loved ones return back to Him. During this Earth-life we are to prepare ourselves as much as possible to enter in to His presence and to model our lives after the life of the Savoir so that one day we can be like our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less