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Hi I'm Sarah

I was raised in Ohio. I cut hair and will be returning to college. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a football, soccer, and baseball fanatic. I bleed scarlet and gray (Go Ohio State Buckeyes!). I cut hair and plan on receiving my Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Economics. I love yoga, pilates, and ab workouts. I'm the third of six children and my family means everything to me!

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes life is just plain hard and often I feel like I fail. Despite that feeling when I fail, this Gospel provides me with the assurance that I am not a failure and that failing need not turn in to my identity. I know that I am His daughter and that He loves me. Although I grew up in the church, a few years ago I went through what I call my mid-faith crisis. Certain events in my life had me question a lot of what I had grown up with. I know, without a doubt, that God is patient, God is loving, and that God is kind. He works with us line upon line, precept upon precept. What I couldn't understand then, I understand a little more now, and will understand more and more as I turn to God and trust in Him. I know that Christ redeemed us from our sins, our transgressions, and He suffered for all the wrong-doing that has ever occurred. He can succor His people, because He has felt it all. Our Heavenly Father wants nothing more than to grant His children eternal life and I know that He gives us guidance in this world through prophets and apostles that He has called. I know this Gospel is true because I've seen the difference in the blessings that come from following His commandments and the emptiness I felt during the time that I didn't. Those blessings from God are ones I am not willing to give up. I love my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for the healing power of Christ's Atonement, for the Bible and the Book of Mormon, that I am sealed to my family for eternity, and for support from my Church family as we all do our best to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him.

How I live my faith

I am a Gospel Essentials teacher for my ward and have loved every moment of it. It has significantly increased my love for those I teach, my knowledge of the principles of this Gospel, my service to those in need, and my testimony of this Church. There is something so incredible about searching and learning and pondering the simple truths that God so desperately wants us to remember and understand and apply in our own lives. I love that God's church emphasizes the importance of serving those in your congregation. I have been blessed and have been able to bless those around me as I forget about myself and realize that God has so many children that need to be cared for, need to be loved, and need to be served. And that feeling always grows the more I accept service from those so willing to help me succeed in my own life.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Church is a place where our members and visitors may come to worship God through prayer, songs, talks, partaking of the sacrament, and lessons about His gospel. Our church buildings are often used through out the week by adults and youth and can also be used for recreational use as evidenced by the basketball courts often found in them :) On the front of the temple, it is written 'House of the Lord, Holiness to the Lord.' Our temples are to provide a place where sacred ordinances are performed. Temple attendance can also provide answers to life questions, peace, comfort, and a way to serve His children. The temple is often a place of refuge; a place to re-evaluate one's commitment to God and to grow spiritually. While it is true that one must be Mormon to take part in these ordinances done in the temple, that is not the only qualifier. Mormons who are in full accordance to Gospel principles are worthy to enter. It is not to say that other people or other members are not good enough, but rather it sets a goal for those who so desire the blessings associated with attending His holy temple. Show more Show less