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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a violinist. I grew up all across the US. I like throwing parties. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a baby, just eight weeks old, my parents drove us to Virginia where we stayed for seven years. I remember fireflies and big piles of leaves, but that's about it. We moved to the west coast, then to the Arizona desert, then California's Bay Area. Every move had a different reason, but my favorite type of move was just when we wanted an adventure. When I was in junior high, my grandma had a stroke and we decided to move back to home base, Utah, to help take care of her. I still miss the beach and the heat, but the mountains have earned a special place in my heart. I stayed here for college; I go to Brigham Young University. I haven't decided what I want to do with my life yet, but there's still time. I'm thinking something with languages or events planning or psychology... or maybe floral design. I'll figure it out. The university atmosphere has really helped me blossom though. I love learning and thinking. I love daydreaming about what the future could bring. I spend a lot of time with the people I love. Sometimes I throw parties and my friends and I will all eat good food and make music together—I play the violin. Sometimes we go hiking or swimming. I moved back in with my family over the summer to save money, so I was around my sisters and my parents all the time. I love my family! Everyone keeps pretty busy and I like helping out by giving rides and cooking meals. My favorite thing about my family is how much we can laugh together.

Why I am a Mormon

I've gone to church all my life. When I became old enough to really make my own choice about religion, I kept going. As time has passed, my beliefs have only been further internalized. The gospel brings me a greater joy than anything else in my life. It is a part of me and always will be. The first thing I remember having faith in is the power of prayer. When I was six years old, I wanted a cat so badly, but we couldn't afford a pet. I decided to pray for what I wanted like my parents had taught me. We didn't get a cat, but a neighbor's cat started visiting our house and I could pet it and play with it and that was all I needed. I still pray. Every morning and evening, and even throughout the day, I say thank you, I ask for help, I ask questions and I get answers. They come as feelings or through other people or through the scriptures. My favorite scriptures are the ones that remind me that God knows who I am and that He loves me and that He will always be with me. In this world, who wouldn't want that kind of support? When I do something wrong, I can feel in my heart a kind of film, a dinginess that doesn't go away until I get on my knees and ask for forgiveness. I have felt my heart be cleaned and strengthened by the power of God's grace. It is the best feeling in the world! My favorite thing about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that this life isn't all there is. Souls go on forever. Love and family go on forever too. And that's what I hold on to.

How I live my faith

I've helped plan church activities since I was a teenager. It's been nice to participate in anything from making salsa together to playing kickball. After I started going to college, I took a more hands-on approach to helping my church. Last summer I went camping with a dozen young girls from my neighborhood. I helped teach and watch out for the girls individually, making sure they were all having a good time. We planned meals and crafts. The best part was when we all sat around the fire and talked about our faith, big or small. We all grew so close. More recently, I spent most of my time with the single members of the church in my area. We met every week for church and we would usually stay afterward to chat. I visited other members frequently and we would talk about everyday things as well as deeper things. Most of the time, whoever I was visiting would feel like they would unloading on me, but I would go home with my burdens lightened. Now I am serving as a missionary. For the next year and a half, I'm giving my life to God. I applied to be a missionary and received a call to Kobe, Japan! I don't speak Japanese! I know that with faith and hard work, God will bless me so that I can tell the people of Japan that the gospel of Christ brings true joy and happiness. He will guide me as I do my best.