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Hi I'm Sarah

I was born in Provo and grew up near Seattle. I'm currently on my mission in Utah Salt Lake City East (previously Ukraine Donetsk)

About Me

I'm an English Major (BYUI) planning on becoming an author and/or editor. I love reading, writing, drawing, and music (but not necessarily in that order). I've participated in National Novel Writing Month every year since 2007. I also really like martial arts, and took 3 1/2 years of Karate. I also spent 5 months in Qufu, China learning Shaolin Kung Fu. I've recently been called to the Ukraine Donetsk mission, and will be going to Ukraine on October 1, 2013.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony of Christ as the Son of God and the redeemer of the world, which is first and foremost why I go to church as an adult. I realized throughout my youth as the people around me were so unhappy, that this is just a better way of life. My home ward growing up was just the best, and it was wonderful to have the examples of great adults around me, men and women that I've grown to love. That all sounds a little cheesy, huh? Outwardly, I'm not like that all the time. But it really is just the greatest thing to have people around you that you know you can depend on, or a list of people on your fridge that will run to you in an emergency. More than that, it's the best thing to know that you don't have a dependency on drugs or alcohol or porn, and to have a family that loves you and would never intentionally hurt you. I've also grown to realize more and more how much I depend on the Atonement of Christ in my life. Through this, we can grow closer to God and be freed from guilt, which is pretty much the most fantastic thing ever.

How I live my faith

In the church, I was the "president" of my age group of girls on and off from 12-18, so that was about 6-10 girls at any given time. I was the piano player for 'Primary' (for kids about 4-12) for a while as well. Recently I've had the opportunity to be a Sunday School teacher, which actually has been my favorite calling so far. But it's more than just fulfilling your calling. As I've prepared for my mission, I've learned to grow closer to Christ through scripture study and daily prayer. Even though I feel like one of my weaknesses is knowing how to serve others, I know that with God's help I can learn to recognize what to do in those situations.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

First and foremost, the missionaries will teach you how to have faith in Jesus Christ. If you let them come back several times, they will be able to teach you several specific lessons about the history of the church and how the Book of Mormon came about, God's plan for us, and how to live our lives in such a way as to more fully be closer to Christ--and ultimately be exalted to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Be assured that the missionaries are always very professional in their manner and will do their best to make you feel comfortable. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by several different prophets, much like the Bible was. It was made to be a history and religious record of the people who lived in the Americas a few thousand years ago, around the time of Christ. The whole record was abridged and made coherent by a prophet named Mormon, who lived about 400 years after Jesus Christ. When Mormon died, his son Moroni completed the record and buried it. Joseph Smith was later led to find it (through an angel, the story of that can be found in the introduction) and translated the record. Show more Show less