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Hi I'm Sarah Carlton

I'm an army brat. I'm a wife and mommy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an otaku (I read manga, and watch anime). With the exception of our time in Hawaii (3, then 4 years), my family moved every 2 years. Of all the places I've lived, I enjoyed the cultural experience of living in South Korea, but really loved Washington state. My dad retired 4 years ago, and we moved for the last time. I've been married to my husband for 3 years now. I'm the mother of a beautiful little girl who is a complete and total Daddy's Girl. As a child I taught myself how to play piano because I wanted to learn how to play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. I started learning the song in 7th grade and had it memorized by 10th grade. I love to sing, and often mix in my love of anime by singing Japanese pop songs.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't always want to be a Mormon. I lived it as a child because it's what my parents taught and lived. In 8th grade, I came to a point where I hated myself and everyone around me. I was tired of being bullied at school and feeling unimportant to peers from church. My dad noticed that I was having a hard time. Every morning when my older siblings went to early morning scripture study and before my dad had PT, dad would wake me up and we read the Book of Mormon together. Some mornings we barely read anything, but he talked about the scriptures and tried to help me apply it to myself. At first I hated being woken up so early and thought the whole ordeal was stupid. As time passed, I started looking forward to the special time I got to spend with my dad. I noticed that I seemed happier at school and church. It was a start, but I still didn't really like myself. My dad had to go away for a while and we never finished. However, that Summer, I went to the church's girls' camp. I was surrounded by strangers and only a few familiar faces. I took that opportunity to find myself and forget about what others thought about me. My early mornings with dad taught me to care about what God thought, not what everyone else thought. God loves me as if I were His only child. I am special to Him. Knowing that gave me the courage to smile and be goofy. It was at camp that I found myself and came to know that the church is true. I moved after camp and was able to start with a clean slate. I finally found friends, real friends, and one of them is currently considering becoming a Mormon herself.

How I live my faith

I am the Primary pianist. I get to help teach my favorite childhood church songs to the children in my ward. I practice all week in order to learn the songs so that the children can learn the words with the music. Every year, the children have a special presentation in which they sing the songs they learned that year as well as talk about the spiritual things they were taught. This past presentation was my first time playing piano in front of a crowd..