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Hi I'm Sarah Stone-Lovell

I love my family. I am a student and teacher of Spanish, History, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Zumba! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 7th of 8 children. I was blessed with very good parents. I grew up in Northern California where I thought 60 degrees was cold. Now I live in the Midwest and I have learned that 60 degrees is summer! I grew up dancing, singing and acting with my family. Making "home movies" of scripture stories and favorite children's books were a favorite activity. My siblings are some of my best friends and greatest examples. I served an LDS mission to Northern Spain - LOVED IT! I am married to a man I admire and love dearly. We both attended Brigham Young University and even graduated on the same day. It was, however, as working professionals that we first met and fell in love. Following our wedding, we began our graduate studies and soon after we began our family. We now have 3 beautiful children who bring us tremendous joy and keep us humble too. We continue to climb a steep learning curve in our parenting. While each of our children are like different planets in our family universe, we love being together as a family and cherish unstructured family time at home.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a wonderful LDS family, I had persistent questions about the purpose of life and my place in it. My parents were sensitive with my many questions. I, however, wanted to obtain that sure knowledge that God lives and the LDS Church was true and of Him for myself. At 14, I had an outstanding Biology teacher. In his presentation on Creation versus Evolution, he explained that he did not believe in God, but in nature. While he respected differing beliefs and ideas, he strongly affirmed that he knew God and religion were fiction. This was a powerful moment in my life. Finally, I really felt the sincere desire and need to know what was truth for myself. I studied the scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon) daily and prayed with the hope that my childhood faith was not fiction but real. Despite my lingering questions, doubts and fears, I prayed because I wanted to know there was more to this life than just this life. God answered my prayers. In a way I can't deny or adequately describe, God helped me know He is there and that He knows me. He also helped me to know that His Son is my personal Savior and because of Him, I can repent, improve and hope through the good, bad and ugly of life. I am happy to share this very personal experience online for the world to read. I know God lives and loves us. Because of His love, He has restored His church and it is true. The best part is that you can know this for yourself.

How I live my faith

I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are always opportunities to grow in my faith. I have served the youth in our church and loved watching their faith in action. Their efforts to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, were awesome to observe. I have also enjoyed and learned much by serving at different times as the President of the Women's Organization (The Relief Society) and later the Children's Program (The Primary). Currently, I am serving as a Ward Missionary. In this role, I find people who might be interested in learning more about my faith and provide support and friendship to them as they learn with our wonderful full-time missionaries. I also teach people who have not attended church in a while. It is a deeply joyful experience to see how the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ improves, guides and inspires us all to do a little better and stand a little taller. Throughout all of my church callings/assignments, I have served as a Visiting Teacher. In this role, another woman and I visit 3-4 women on a monthly basis to provide both temporal and spiritual support. While initially I began many of these relationships with an "assignment" focus, most of these women have become true friends/sisters to me. While it is sometimes hard to carve out the time to visit them each month, I always feel a great sense of "rightness" in these visits. I feel like I'm serving in the Savior's way - cherishing and loving people one at a time.