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Hi I'm Sadie

I'm a chemist. I am a lover of learning and of music.. I am preparing to serve a mission in France. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been studying chemistry at BYU for two and a half years. I like to refer to myself as a perpetual student because I love everything that has to do with learning, sometimes even homework. My friends would just call me a nerd. I grew up in a family of 9 and they mean more to me than the world. I love any kind of art that makes me look for a greater purpose, be it music, literature or film. There are few things more uplifting to me than singing with a group of people who want nothing more than to give their audience an experience, to share the light within a song. I would like to think of myself as an intellectual. I am constantly trying to be observant enough to learn from my surroundings and the people in my life. I seek understanding and progress. As a scientist, I analyze the world around me, but I also work to let the feelings of my heart and my own personal experiences be a part of my analysis. One of my goals in life is to be completely honest with those around me, and especially with myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of this church and in my early years I had no reason to disbelieve in the gospel. I knew that it made me happy, it helped me to love my family, and it gave me something wholesome and uplifting to stand for. My first experience in gaining a testimony came when I realized how badly I wanted to share it with my friends. Surely, I thought, I wouldn't feel so strongly about sharing this if it wasn't true. That testimony carried me throughout high school. I saw the influence of the gospel in my life. I did very well in school and felt very confident in attributing that success to the church. In the church I learned a hard work ethic, good moral principles that helped me stay away from drugs, alcohol and degrading media. I read and loved the Book of Mormon. Not only is it a beautiful book that appealed to my love of words, but the principles taught therein make so much sense and hold so much light. In my high school years I truly gained a testimony of Joseph Smith as the Lord's prophet. I learned about the lives of the early members of the church and knowledge of their trials and perseverance made my faith stronger. In college, my testimony was tried as it never had been before. In the course of trying to share the gospel with a friend, I had to question everything I had ever believed to be true. I had to examine my faith with my scientific, analytical mind rather than just through the lens of faith. After a very long struggle, I found answers in the scriptures and through prayer. I found answers in the evidence of my own life and in my own experiences. I learned what it really means to trust myself and God. And I learned that my belief in the church didn't mean that I was condemning anyone who was not a member. I felt the love of God in my life like I never had before. I knew the church was true because I saw the joy it brought into my life. I am a Mormon. I love Jesus Christ. I love His church. And I love the person it is helping me to become.

How I live my faith

I have never been one to do things in a half-hearted way. I am passionate about the things I do and the things I believe in. Because of this, I have never been able to push the church aside as something of little importance. The church teaches more than doctrine; it teaches a way of life. And from an early age, I made the decision that if I was going to believe in this church, then I was going to let it fill every aspect of my life. That means doing all of the little things, like reading my scriptures and praying every day, being honest in my school work and with my friends, and keeping standards of modesty, language and media. I was one of the only members of the church in my school growing up. This lead to many opportunities for me to stand up for what I believe. When I left to go to school at BYU, I was around people who shared my beliefs, but I still had to maintain my personal integrity and hold myself accountable to my beliefs. Currently I am home from school and preparing to serve a mission for the church in the Lyon France Mission. I am beyond excited for the opportunities this will hold for me. I want so badly to be an influence for good in the lives of the French people, in whatever they are needing. I want to serve them, to help them know that they are loved. Even if they are not searching for the church right now in their lives, I want them to know that their Savior, Jesus Christ, knows them and their needs. If I can do nothing more than let one person in France know this, than I will feel like I have done something worthwhile.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Sadie
I have a firm belief that there is a living prophet alive today. If I choose to believe in God (which I do), then I have to believe that He is perfect. And if God is perfect then His ways to do not change as time passes. If God organized a church on the earth (which I believe that he did), then He would not change the organization of that church simply because time passes. Think about the Bible, especially the New Testament. Throughout the Bible the Lord spoke to prophets and had them record what He taught them. This method of prophets and scriptures continued through the New Testament (the apostles recorded scripture even after the death and resurrection of Christ) as well as in the Book of Mormon. And this process has continued today. The church that Christ organized on the earth had prophets, and His church on the earth today does as well. And their words are recorded in living scripture: talks given at General Conference and words recorded in church magazines. Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet on the earth today. And you don't have to take my word for it. Listen to him talk, learn about his life. You will see a servant of God, a man who can testify of the living Christ and whose greatest desire is to be an instrument in the hands of his Savior. Show more Show less