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Hi I'm Sara

I'm a business student and a musician. I'm a sister. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite thing about my life is my faith and my family. My parents and siblings are my best friends, and it's always crazy when we're all together--there are 14 of us! We like to play Bananagrams, watch movies, and have long Sunday-afternoon "family councils" which are always more laughter and random conversations than scheduling and planning. My next favorite thing about my life is music. I've been a pianist since I was 4, and a singer almost as long. I'm never more content than when I am accompanying someone on the piano. My next favorite thing is school. I've always loved learning, and am working on a finance degree and a Spanish minor, which I am thoroughly enjoying. I like running outside. I like tall glasses of milk, pepperoni pizza, and Texas sheet cake. I like singing country music in the car with the windows rolled down. I like reading for hours on end. Someday I'll start a family of my own and pass on the same happiness my parents gave to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Primarily, I am a Mormon because my parents are. They strongly believe the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so they took great care to teach them to me, by both word and example. Because of their loving instruction, I took this gospel seriously and began searching for a confirmation of its truth. I am still a Mormon today because I have received just such a confirmation. I have read The Book of Mormon, asked God if it is true, and received an answer in the affirmative. I have prayed about other aspects of this Church, questions about Jesus Christ being the Savior of the world, about Joseph Smith being a prophet called to restore the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really being the only Church that contains that fulness, about having a modern prophet, about being a daughter of God, about being loved by God, about being with my family forever, about having temples nowadays, about many other doctrines. I have felt peace. I have felt assurance and love about all these things. I have felt whisperings to my heart that are like spiritual hugs from a loving Father. Through daily prayer I have developed a personal relationship with Heavenly Father. I feel He is my friend But I don't know these things just by feeling. I have been baptized, strived to keep the promises I made on that occasion, and in turn received the blessings God promised me on that day, which are: I have been given strength from the Atonement of Christ to overcome trials; I have been filled with the Spirit of the Lord; I have been prospered in my righteous endeavors. I may have been introduced to this Church by my parents (something I am eternally grateful to them for), but I am a Mormon because I have tried out the doctrines and teachings of this Church, and have found the fruits of this endeavor to be good. Too good for me to be able to deny that this Church is true and the Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the Lord's commandments that are found in the scriptures and that are given by our present-day prophet. Some of these commandments include reading scriptures every day, praying morning and night, and attending weekly church meetings. At Church I take the sacrament as a reminder of Jesus Christ's Atonement and as a renewal of the covenants I made at baptism. I learn more about Christ's gospel, and am strengthened by the faith and examples of other members of my congregation. One of my favorite things about attending Church is going to the third and final class, called Relief Society, when the women gather to teach each other. Being young and relatively inexperienced, I so appreciate a support group of women, many of whom are older and wiser than me, who love me and take me into their hearts. Sometimes I have been asked to fill roles at Church such as pianist, children's teacher, or children's singing instructor. The chance to serve and lead is always fun and rewarding. I also live my faith during the week by having family night, going to the temple, and just striving to be a better disciple of Christ who shows Christian qualities of love, selflessness, compassion, etc. Right now I am living my faith and following Jesus' admonition to "be witnesses unto me" (Acts 1:8) by being a missionary for eighteen months.