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Hi I'm Sarah

I grew up all over the U.S. I love learning, I'm a big fan of music and literature, and I'm an outdoor enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student, majoring in economics and minoring in math. I just got back from a full-time mission in California, where I also learned Spanish. Yay for being bilingual! I'm not totally sure what I'll end up doing with my degree--there's a lot of different directions I could go. I want to be an economist and find the kind of job that will let me live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and where I can help other people have better quality of family life. I'm a music junkie and a bibliophile. (I suspect I might actually be addicted to books-- I usually end up acquiring them faster than I can read them.) I'm the only sister in a house FULL of brothers, so I'm kind of a tomboy but also very much a girlie-girl. I love organizing things, weird as that may be. My favorite pastimes are playing piano and hiking, and one of my life's ambitions is to learn to play the bagpipes.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both converts to this church, so when they met and got married they were married in the temple and raised my brothers and I in this church. I know for myself that it's true, though, and this is why I continue following the teachings as an adult. I think my own "conversion" to the restored gospel started when I was in high school. I had a lot of religious/spiritual/philosophical discussions with my friends, and most of these friends fell into 2 categories. One group were members of other Christian churches and would tell me that I wasn't a Christian and that I was crazy for believing in a living prophet and believing there were more scriptures aside from the Bible. The other group were pretty atheist and would tell me that I was crazy for believing there was a God. I defended the Church through all of this, but one day after a really heated discussion with someone who tried to tell me I was brainwashed, I broke. I decided that I needed to know for myself and couldn't just follow what my parents told me anymore. I prayed and asked my Heavenly Father for an answer, and I told him that I would start at the beginning of the Book of Mormon and read until I got an answer. A couple pages into the book, the Holy Spirit testified to me that these things were true. A peace came over me that I knew wasn't my imagination. I had my answer that it was true. The battle then was to put the teachings of the Church into practice in my own life. When I left home for college, I stuck to it for a while, but when I got lazy about the gospel for a couple semesters, I saw that my life started to fall apart. I knew already that it was true, and I started to see the difference between living it and NOT living it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the glue that holds my life together, and I'm stickin' with it.

How I live my faith

I pray and read my scriptures every day, and seek guidance for what I need to do that day to be more Christlike. I attend church meetings and take the sacrament each Sunday, and I attend the temple as often as I can as well. I strive to be a good example for my friends and my brothers, and I encourage them to seek answers directly from Heavenly Father when the need help. I just got home from a full-time mission. I volunteered my time for 18 months to preach the gospel to others. I strive to fulfill callings to serve in my congregation as well. I think my favorite calling so far was when I was the pianist for the children's organization one summer.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Sarah
We pay tithing as a demonstration of our faith in our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. When then first thing I do with a paycheck is pay 10% as tithing, I'm showing to that they are my first priority, that I am grateful for all the blessings I have received, and that I trust them to provide for my temporal needs. Paying tithing also helps us learn to live within our means and avoid materialism and greed. Tithing helps me be more mindful of my spiritual and physical welfare. For example, making tithing a priority helps me to discern between needs and wants at the moment of making a purchase. We're also encouraged to have savings, and have a supply of food for emergencies. Show more Show less