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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a city-girl, a writer, a traveler, and have a true affinity for Sweden, my current home. And I'm a mormon.

About Me

I have been studying at Brigham Young University for the last four years and have loved it! I am a European Studies major and have had the opportunity to study abroad in Europe three times and learn Swedish. When I have time, I go home to New York and spend time with my family. I also love to catch Broadway shows whenever I can. Theater is one of my greatest loves. When I recieve my undergraduate degree I hope to attend graduate school and then work in international politics. I love to travel; I love learning about new places, peoples, and cultures; and so I want to make the world a better, more harmonious place.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon. My parents are also members of the church, however that does not make it any less of a choice. I chose to be Mormon because I believe in Christ and His Atonement. I believe that families can be together forever, and I want that for my family. I am a Mormon because I know that miracles have not ceased because God loves His children as much today as he did during the times of Bible. He has given us prophets and apostles today to guide us, just as He did in ancient times. I know that when we die, we have the opportunity to live with our Father in Heaven again. This gives me so much hope and happiness. I feel peace when I reflect on the decisions I have made in the past to follow Jesus Christ and I know that this peace can continue into eternity as I strive to serve Him and those around me forever.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church). Of course everyone who serves a mission believes that they have the best mission in the world and I am no different. I love Sweden, and I am so excited to be here sharing what I believe with people I have already grown to love and respect so much. Everyday I go out and teach people about the Mormon Church and how coming unto Christ can change their lives for the better. However, before I set out on my mission, I enjoyed helping out in my community such as volunteering at elementary and middle schools to help children with their homework after school. I also served in my branch (a congregation of my church) meeting with other women to help them with their needs and concerns. In the past I also helped organize weekly meetings where people could gather together, share a spiritual message, and get to know eachother.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The role of both husbands and wives is one of love and responsibility. They work together to uplift one another and provide a safe, loving environment for their children. I have a great love and respect for both of my parents. When I was younger, both of my parents had to work outside of the home, and they would take turns staying home and taking care of me and my younger siblings. My mom is one of the thoughtful, caring people in the world and taught me almost all of the practical skills I know. My dad is an excellent story teller and there is no one better to talk to when making a hard decision. I benefitted from having the support and wisdom of both of my parents and to me they are the perfect example of a husband and wife working together in harmony. Later, my dad secured a better job and my mom was able to stay home and take care of us 6 kids, which is no easy task I can assure you. However, dad was still always there, just a phone call away, and would always help my mom the chores around the home. The love that my parents have for each other and for us children is the kind of love the comes from a true commitment to God and to the principles of happiness He has taught us. That is truly the greatest role that a husband and wife can have, being followers of God and His Son Jesus Christ and giving their children every opportunity to learn and grow and do the same. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

We believe what the Savior taught: that everyone should be baptized as he was by immersion. However, not everyone has had the chance to do this while on the earth. Performing baptisms for the dead is a way that we can help them move forward and recieve this sacred ordinance. We believe that they can choose to accept of decline the work that we have done for them. We simply want to give them this choice. We do not do proxy baptisms for everyone out of respect for living relatives that may not want this. Mainly, we focus on doing proxy baptisms for our own decesased relatives Show more Show less