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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm from Utah. I'm an Irish Dancer, a Math Education Major, an avid hiker and snowshoer, and most of all, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a little odd, and I love it. I love to dream big. People always tell me that I'm foolish and my hopes are too high, things are impossible. But guess what? Nothing is actually impossible because God is on my side. The timing may be off, but there is always the possibility that it will happen in the future if it doesn't happen now. Thus, I have many dreams. One of them is to become a championship Irish Dancer. Is it likely? No. But is it possible? Yes. It may never happen, but it's still a dream. I also want to be a math teacher. Yup, one of the hardest subjects to teach and I want Jr. High which some people also say is super hard. But, I love the kids and it is possible for me to be the greatest Jr. High teacher ever. Will it happen right away? Of course not- but it'll happen eventually if I work hard enough. What else do I like to do? I love being outdoors. I hike, snowshoe, backpack, and camp (in a leaky tent in the snow) whenever possible and I love it no matter what. One of my dreams is to learn to rock climb and repel and go all over the world doing that. Last, but definitely not least, my biggest dream is to have an eternal family. I love my family so much, and more than anything else in my life I want to have my own eternal husband and children to look after, love, and cherish for all eternity. Once again, people say it is impossible, but I've seen families that are sealed in the temple and I know that if none of my other dreams are fulfilled, this one will be.

Why I am a Mormon

You know, many people say, "You grew up in the church- of course you wouldn't be anything else." Yes I grew up in the church, but I've had my doubts over the years. What my life in the church gave me was a strong foundation that I could lean on when times got rough. My faith was kind of shaky through my teenage years. But, once I got to college, I knew that I could no longer rely on the faith of my parents and others around me. I had to know for myself. One thing that we all must realize about the gospel is that in order to gain greater faith we often have to act as if we already have it. It seems like a contradiction, but it really isn't- our faith grows stronger as we exercise it. In college, I finally started really reading the scriptures and praying every day. I still didn't know for sure that the gospel was true, but I figured the way to gain knowledge was to try it out for a while. Things got better and better. Then, at the end of my sophomore year, things got shaken up a bit. My grandpa was diagnosed with cancer and my 13 year old cousin died after falling out of a bunkbed. The latter happened Easter weekend, right as we were celebrating the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Throughout the months that followed with visits to family members who were struggling, I realized that my family was so close knit and loved each other so much- there is no way that a loving God, our Father in Heaven, would let us be separated. That is when my testimony became solid.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith... like many of you, this may be a hard question to answer. I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and for me, the church IS my life. There's no question about it, it's engrained in everything I do. The church teaches to save money and stay out of debt. I only have about 3 semesters of school left, and I have never taken out any form of a loan. The church teaches about modesty. Thus, when I shop for clothing I follow the standards found in the For Strength of Youth pamphlet distributed by our church. I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, or indulge in any other addicting behavior because I know it does not bring peace or joy. All of these things are just inherent in my life style. Some of the other things that I do through the church is service. Every day, I pray to find someone to serve. Often it can be found through visiting sisters in my ward to whom I am assigned to watch over. Sometimes it is by helping to create weekly activities for my single's group. These activities are patterned after Family Home Evening and help prepare the single men and women to have their own "FHE" when they are married. Family Home Evening is a time set aside each week for families to get together. We have a lesson about the gospel, we sing songs, have treats, and often participate in a family activity together. I also am currently just starting to learn to do family history work. It is something that I know I should do, and as I learn more, I get even more excited. I have felt God's love, so I know He is a loving God. But, if He really loves us, wouldn't He give every single one of us as many chances as possible to return to Him? That is what I do with family history and temple work. It is the greatest of all the services I give. I give those who never had the chance to partake of spiritual blessings a chance to repent and participate in ordinances that are now out of their reach. How I live my faith: I serve, and I love it.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Sarah
First off, we are probably much like the average people in many ways. I'm at college studying my brains out for finals week, I go on dates, hang out with friends, go see movies or go out to eat, read books, hike, camp, sing, play instruments, dance, and do everything I can to live a fun and fulfilling life. But, there are some slight differences. I live the law of chastity. I am modest in my dress and appearance. I use clean and uplifting language. I always try to stay healthy by avoiding alcohol and other destructive substances. Basically, I try to live my life so I will have as few regrets as possible. One thing that helps me make those choices is the effect of the Spirit in my life each day. I start with a prayer and scripture study. I write down in my journal what I am thankful for. Then as I go through my day, I look for ways to serve and I strive to recognize the hand of God in my life and the lives of others. As I return home at the end of the day, I take time to be still, reflect and write in my journal, and pray again to give thanks. My days are normal. I'm a college kid with hopes and dream for the future, just like many of you. But, my difference may be my focus. I strive to live up to my religion every day and follow God in all things. I start and end my day with Him as I kneel in prayer. And most of all, I strive to never do things that would cause me to be embarrassed in front of my Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Sarah
The simple answer to this question is no. But, what might then follow that answer is the question, "Why in the world are there so many young men and women out on missions if they don't have to be?" The answer is different for each person, but one thing I believe is in common with all missionaries is that we have a desire to share. If you had some great knowledge that made your life 100% better and happier, wouldn't you want to share it with your family and friends? Of course you would. You'd want everyone you love to be as happy as you. Now, think of that man you passed by on the street the other day with his head hung low and shoulders drooping. If your knowledge could bring light to his eyes, spring to his step, and joy to his heart, would you share it with him? If you knew that your knowledge could brighten every single person's day and make them happier, more confident, and closer to God, what would you be willing to do to get that knowledge to them. Now, imagine if God had asked you to share this knowledge. Wouldn't that make you even more excited and more willing to do anything in your power to reach those people? That is why we serve missions. It is not a requirement, it is a choice that we make because of our love for others and our desires for them to be happy. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Sarah
James 2:10 reads, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." And yet, in the Book of Mormon as well as the Pearl of Great Price and Doctrine and Covenants we read that no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God. We were sent here to gain bodies and now we are preparing to meet with our God and Father once more. But, in order to meet with Him again, we must be absolutely clean and perfect with no sins. But, that is impossible for us. You know that driver that you got annoyed at the other day and had unkind thoughts towards? Well, according to James, you are now completely unclean. You cannot enter into the presence of your Father, so you no longer have access to true eternal life and happiness. But, Christ has given us a gift. Through Him we are saved, we are once again made clean. He patches all the holes in our character so when we go to meet God, we are clean and can abide with Him once more. All He asks of us is to have faith and try our hardest. This is how we show Him that we accept His sacrifice. By keeping His commandments and constantly striving to become better through repentance, we acknowledge and accept the gift He gave us and allow Him to be our Savior. Show more Show less