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Hi I'm Sara

I love to teach. Children and learning are my passion. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of five boys. My husband was married before he met me, so our two oldest boys were part of that wonderful package. It is a challenge and a blessing to raise children of two homes (especially teenagers!), but the gospel brings perspecive and help into every situation. The three little ones adore their older brothers, and we are so happy to be together as a family. My husband is awesome. He has supported me through it all: burnt bacon, clogged sinks, new jobs, strange schedules, babies and teenagers, awards and promotions, his college, my college, and me returning to college (school with small children at home . . . doable, but not ideal). Most recently, my mother passed away (I am too young to not have a mother here, you know), and it is the love and support of my husband that has really helped me and reminded me that there is purpose in all things. I am so grateful for an eternal perspective--to know that my mother is taken care of and I will see her again. Currently, I am an Instructional Assistant at an elementary school. I love where I am and the people I work with. I feel very blessed to have a job that I love so much and in such a great position that I can move on to a full-time teaching position when opportunities open up again. I grew up in the church. It has always been a part of me and I have always been a part of it. It is a wonderful blessing in my life that is at the root of all the blessings I've ever been given.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ is my life. It is a gift that I have been blessed with since birth. My parents raised me in a loving home where I was taught the gospel as they were when they were children. However, as wonderful as that is, it is only part of why I am a Mormon today. I am a Mormon because living the gospel has brought strength, comfort, and peace to my life. At times when things have been hard—when teenaged children have made poor choices, when feelings of inadequacy have seemed overwhelming, when my mother had to leave us because leukemia is . . . well . . . terrible—I have always clung to my faith and it has sustained me. There has always been hope and there has always been reassurance through living the gospel. Recently, during a particularly hard series of trials, I wasn't sure my testimony would be enough. I wanted to get into bed and pull the covers over my head and just wait there until things got better. I was tired, and I was weak, and I didn't know what to do. In an amazing way that taught me that living the gospel is the only answer, I was shown that my Heavenly Father is mindful of me: My husband carried me. He insisted that we have family scripture study. He made sure that we had family prayer. He created a chore chart so that we all shared responsibility and he lightened my load. At his request, the two of us knelt and prayed together--not just nightly, but whenever he felt prompted that we could use the extra strength and direction. He magnified the priesthood in our home and brought such a spirit of care and concern that I felt the power of the gospel restore my strength and confidence. I know, without a doubt, that this is the true and living Church of Jesus Christ. He knows us and He loves us and He will take care of us. This is why I am a Mormon and why I strive to teach my children these same powerful truths.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the Spirit. I always try to live as if Jesus were beside me, and I try to live and treat others the way that would make Him and our Heavenly Father pleased. This means that I always try to speak and act with kindness and patience. This also means that I serve wherever the Bishop asks me to serve within the ward. I have enjoyed the spiritual strength I've gained from preparing lessons for the women who meet together every Sunday. I have also had the opportunity to work with the young women in the ward, which includes teaching lessons, planning and preparing activities during the week, and connecting to that crazy, but incredibly fun, teenage wavelength. Right now, I serve as the secretary in the Primary, which means I take care of the clerical things behind taking care of the children in the ward. It is amazing to be a part of watching our children grow. There is such spiritual strength in a child, and it is such a blessing to be able to help teach the simple truths upon which our testimonies grow: Heavenly Father loves us and cares for us. Jesus Christ is our Savior. Joseph Smith helped restore the true and living Gospel to the earth, and we have a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, who continues to guide the Lord's work. The scriptures are true and help us know what Heavenly Father wants us to do. We are blessed with temples on the earth, where we can make eternal promises with our Heavenly Father that we will live the way He wants us to live so that He can bless us. Truly, the most basic gospel truth that I cling to is that we are all here to help each other live the best that we can. It has nothing to do with money, power, prestige, or anything worldly. It is doing the things that bring lasting happiness--being kind and helpful--putting others' needs before our own--listening and encouraging--following the spirit of truth and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. I live my faith by following the Spirit.