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Hi I'm Sarah Bennion

I love to run. I speak Chinese. I'm serving a mission in Melbourne, Australia and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved the Chinese language. I even watched those old History Channel documentaries on Chinese history when I was in elementary school. Once I entered eighth grade, I began taking Chinese and I've continued learning over the last six years. I also LOVE running. Track and field has always been my favorite sport. I ran 800m, 1500m, 300m hurdles, and the 4 by 400m relay in high school. I attended BYU in Provo, UT last year, where I majored in English. I am currently serving an eighteen-month mission to Melbourne, Australia, Mandarin Chinese-speaking.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church. My parent met at Brigham Young University and raised me and my four siblings in the Gospel. It is for this reason that I came to be a member of the church, but I have stayed a member over the years because I know, from experiences, prayer, and personal revelation, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I have read the Book of Mormon and Bible and found answers to all my questions. I have sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit and received a strong witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World and that His Atonement was performed so that we all can return to live with God and become more like Him. I know that, after centuries of religious confusion and corruption, Joseph Smith restored Christ's church to the Earth and was a divinely ordained prophet of God. I know that President Monson is a living prophet and he leads the church today under the direction of God. I know that I can call upon Christ in prayer and receive comfort or answers to any questions I have. I know that as I follow the counsel of prophets, apostles, and other church leaders, I will come to a better understanding of the Gospel of Christ and can draw nearer to Him. Because I know these things, I can proudly say that I am a Mormon. I know its doctrines, I live its teachings, and I love the influence for good it has had on my life and the lives of my family members.

How I live my faith

I try to center all my decisions around Gospel principles. I obey the Word of Wisdom and attend church meetings regularly. I refrain from swearing and have worked hard to gain an education. I read scriptures every night, dress modestly, pray, listen to the prophet, and have put an emphasis on gaining a great relationship with my family. Right now, I am serving a mission and trying to help others come unto Christ. I feel that all of these actions help me in my ultimate goal, coming closer to my Savior and becoming more like Him. As I try to emulate his perfect example, I find that I am happier and find more peace.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Sarah Bennion
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not endorse any political party. It is commonly believed that all Mormons are Conservatives, but this is completely untrue. Members of the LDS church have the freedom to affiliate with any party they wish. They are simply asked to use their agency to select good leaders and are urged to participate in political activities, like voting. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Sarah Bennion
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is not an extention of the Bible, but a second witness of the Bible's truthfulness. It was written by a number of prophets over many generations. These men were descendants of Lehi, an ancient prophet who lived in Jerusalem around 600 BC until he was commanded to leave with his family and journey to the American continent. Upon reaching America, his family broke into two groups, called Lamanites, after Lehi's eldest son, Laman, and Nephites, after Lehi's younger son, Nephi. The Book of Mormon is primarily focused on the spiritual experiences that occured among the Nephite people. This account of the Nephites was recorded on gold plates and passed from father to son and then to prophets called of God. It contains many prophesies of Jesus Christ and talked concerning Heavenly Father's eternal plan for his children. It was complied by Mormon, one of the last of the ancient prophets around 400 AD right before the Nephite civilization was finally destroyed by the Lamanites. It was buried in a hill by Moroni, Mormon's son. The records were revealed to Joseph Smith. He translated the plates through direction from God. All doctrine written in the Book of Mormon confirms and supports doctrine written in the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a promise that those who read the book and sincerely pray about its truthfulness with an open heart and mind will receive confirmation from the Holy Ghost that it is true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Sarah Bennion
In the Bible, Jesus states, "Be ye...perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). This quest for perfection is our divine purpose on Earth. It is the reason that we are here. Before we lived on this Earth, we were spirits, living in the presence of our perfect Heavenly Father. We yearned to be like Him, but could not, because we did not have a physical body like He did and had no opportunity to exercise agency (or free will). He created for us a way to progress, a plan in which we would come to Earth, receive bodies, and learn and gain experiences to become like Him. This life is an opportunity to grow, to form family relationships that can become eternal, and, above all, to prepare to meet God so that we may become perfect through both our own works and the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less