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Hi I'm Sara McQuivey

I'm a full-time college student, writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time college student studying English Education. I hope someday to travel and teach English and language skills around the world. It is also a dream of mine to be a published author of science fiction and fantasy. I am a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkein, Charles Dickens, and Shakespeare. I love to eat pizza and watch movies with friends. I love to be outdoors, especially to cave, backpack, and stargaze. I was once nicknamed "Speed Demon" for my full-throttle antics with a Jet-Ski on a family trip to Bear Lake. I love life and want to experience everything I can in my short stay on this earth. I love science and art equally, and believe that these and religion work hand-in-hand to testify of the love our God has for us: that he would create such a beautiful world for us to study and discover with the intelligence we can gain from Him through our diligence and hard work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very active LDS family and have lived in Utah my entire life. I have been fortunate enough to have many powerful LDS influences in my life, and have always been active in the Church. It was very easy at first to depend upon the testimonies of others to carry me through, but even at a young age I realized the importance of knowing for myself if the Church is true. Because I began young, I was able to form a solid foundation for myself that has helped me through many challenges. Although there have been challenges that seemed to tear down what I had built upon that foundation, that foundation has always stood steadfast and has gotten me through whatever hardships have come my way. I am soon to leave on a full-time mission to Fortaleza, Brazil to share this Gospel with others of God's children. The decision to serve was not an easy one; I am in love with my major, my school, my city, my family and friends. Although it is tough to give these things up, it is a small price to pay to share the happiness I feel through knowing my Savior with others searching for that happiness. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints contains the fullness of the Gospel of Christ. With that knowledge comes a peace, a happiness, a sense of purpose that cannot compare with any that may be gained through any knowledge created by man. This Gospel is the pathway created for the imperfect children of a perfect and loving Father in order for those children to return to Him and live in His glory forever. I am LDS not because my parents and grandparents expect me to be; I am LDS because I have questioned, asked, and discovered for myself that it is God's own established Church upon this Earth and the one and only completed pathway back to His presence.

How I live my faith

I am an imperfect person with faults far outnumbering strengths. I am happy, however, because I know that although I am not perfect today, and I won't be perfect tomorrow, as long as I am better than I was yesterday, I'll get there someday. This is possible through the Atonement of Christ. Through Him and because of His sacrifice, given purely out of love for each of us individually, as long as we strive to allow our love for Him guide our actions, He will reach out to us and make up the difference. I make countless mistakes every day, but I feel at peace knowing that as long as I am trying my best, it is enough. Tomorrow is always another day, and I can feel myself progressing each day.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Sara McQuivey
Mormon women are really just women. We aren't segregated or treated differently. Men and women in our church do have different roles, but these roles do not have superiority over one another. Women are encouraged to fulfill roles within the home, e.g. raising children, while the men are encouraged to be the "bread winners" of the family, but it is not mandatory. A woman who desires to have a career outside the home is not frowned upon in the Church. No matter what role a woman chooses to have, she is an important part of society as long as she is using her own personal set of skills in the most beneficial way possible. Whether these skills are best used for raising children, being CEO of a business, volunteering in the community, or serving in the military is determined between herself and her Heavenly Father. The same goes for men: as long as his skills are being used to better himself and the lives of those around him, it does not matter if he is a kindergarten teacher, a lawyer, a stay-at-home father, or a garbage man. The Church does encourage gender roles, but all that really means is that we look inside ourselves to determine how we can best serve each other. No one is repressed in our Church or forced into becoming someone we don't want to become. We make our choices based on what is best for our families, our communities, and (yes!) ourselves. Show more Show less