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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a mom to three crazy kids, a wife to a full-time student, an avid movie watcher, a photographer, and a Mormon.

About Me

I keep myself busy raising two active kids across the country from any family, while my husband works his way, diligently, through medical school. I have a love of people and nature, which photography gives me an outlet to express. I'm an avid movie-watcher, an athlete, and camper. Growing up in the heat of Arizona, I love the sun, the water, and anything outdoors. I am a deep thinker. Being this way, I often contemplate how I have become who I am up to this point and how I got here. I think of all the experiences of my life and how each one has defined me. Each one has given me a choice; do the things Heavenly Father would have me do, or not. It is clear to see the direct correlation between doing things the Lord's way and having happiness, and choosing opposite the Lord's will and feeling empty. I am happy to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 9 years old, I lost a small barbie doll. I know the insignificance of such a small toy, but at that time, to me, it was of the upmost importance. I looked everywhere, tearing my room apart multiple times. I took all my shoes out of my shoe pile one by one, looked under my bed--everywhere. It was gone. Just as I sat about to cry, a memory came to my mind of my parents teaching me that I could pray to Heavenly Father at any time, for any reason. I decided to test this out. I got on my knees in my disheveled room and told Heavenly Father that I had looked everywhere for this barbie and I couldn't find it. I pleaded with him to help me. As I ended the prayer I had a feeling to look in the shoe pile that I had already looked in twice before. At first I almost ignored it, but I followed the prompting and after removing a few shoes, there it was. This was where my personal testimony, as small as it was, began. As I have grown, different, more challenging trials have come into my life, but this moment taught me that I can pray to Heavenly Father and He will listen. I may not always get the answer I want, but in the end, it will be the answer I need. This moment also taught me that I am important to Him. I mean, I was praying about a barbie. I am sure many people in the world were praying about more critical things, but He still found time to hear my small prayer. It was important to me and I am important to Him, so He will always listen. Lastly, this experience taught me that I must be the one to let Heavenly Father into my life. There have been times that a particular trial or challenge has entered my life and I wondered why I had to go through it. When I realized I was getting angry, I would recall this time I prayed and remember what I should do. Once I'd pray for His help, and willingly let him in, the challenge didn't necessarily go away right then, but became endurable. It is that way every time. I'm a Mormon because I know Heavenly Father loves me.

How I live my faith

I think it is important for each person to know their self-worth, no matter who you are, where you live, or what your circumstance. You have a Father in Heaven who loves you and a brother, the Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for your sins, so that you can have the opportunity to live with Him again. It's just about making choices to help us come to knowing of that self-worth or making choices that keep us from knowing that. This knowledge is available for everyone, at any age, but I try and teach the youth how to gain this knowledge for themselves, so they can carry it with them throughout their lives. This way, from a young age, they can have happiness as they make good choices and they, too, can know they can seek guidance from Heavenly Father at all times. Like I said, I love people. I love having friends- hanging out with them, laughing with them, crying with them, whatever- I also love people to be happy, if possible, and I know that the gospel brings happiness. So I share it.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can ask. In the Bible we are taught multiple times, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find.." (Matthew 7:7). Heavenly Father wants to answer our questions, he is just waiting for us to ask them. All He asks is that we pray with sincerity. Answers may not come right when you want them. Sometimes we must be willing to continue to seek through prayer and scripture study, but you will know when the Holy Ghost touches your heart, that what you are feeling is the peace and assurance that what you've studied is true. It is important for everyone, Mormons included, to gain a testimony for themselves. Your testimony can't grow if you are going off of someone else's word. Having the knowledge for yourself is the only way to have the personal relationship with Heavenly Father that leads to happiness on earth and hereafter. Show more Show less