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Hi I'm Saffra

Laughing, reading, making music, serving, learning, animals, or adventures? I'm in! And I'll add my own Mormon twist!

About Me

I absolutely LOVE people! When I was in elementary school my parents helped my siblings and I start and run a cinnamon roll business as a foundation for our homeschooling. That's where I really began learning how to talk with people. We would go "cold calling" and practice door-to-door sales. As I grew up I kept practicing the skills my parents taught me. Throughout my education I attended both public school and Parks' Homeschool Academy, finally graduating from the latter. I attended a few concurrent semesters at a local community college and transferred to Brigham Young University- Idaho where I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering. My favorite things at BYUI were the people, the temple, and country dancing! I will soon be serving a full-time mission in the Salt Lake City Temple Square mission and I can't wait! I have an older sister who is also on a full-time mission and three little siblings who are preparing for great things ahead!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was very young my parents were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by some very close friends. Actually, the young children of that family began teaching my Mom. As she explored the Mormon faith more, she was invited to take the discussions from the missionaries, an invitation which she accepted. Soon she was baptized. My Dad was a different story. He was very critical of Christians and loved smoking cigars. Shortly after her baptism Mom approached Dad and explained that she wanted an eternal family. Without him gaining his own testimony she would never be able to have that eternal family. About a month afterwards Elder Worthlin (an Apostle of the church) came to town. Dad approached him and explained that he simply did not have a testimony. Elder Worthlins response was something to the effect of "join the church, you can gain a testimony of it later." The next Sunday Dad took the next step to joining the church and gaining his own testimony. He never wavered after that. My conversion story is still happening. There is one event that solidified my testimony more than anything else. Last October my Dad passed away. That was a difficult time because I was preparing for mid-terms at school, I was almost 2000 miles away from home, and I missed my Dad. But during those days and weeks I prayed, read my scriptures, and attended the Temple more than I ever had before. I know with all my heart that families become eternal as we are sealed together in God's holy temples. I have my own testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and that Christ stands at the head. He calls Prophets to lead the church, beginning this dispensation with Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

Currently I'm serving as a Ward Missionary and a Sunbeams teacher (that's the three year-olds class). I absolutely love my callings! In the past I have been called as a Gospel Doctrines teacher, substitute Gospel Principle teacher, member of the Activities Committee, Branch Missionary for the Singles branch, and Secretary for my Young Women class. It amazes me how much Heavenly Father directs the calling of the members of the church. We don't get to "pick" our callings, the Bishopric prayerfully decides who is best for each calling based on the promptings of the Holy Ghost. What I have noticed is that often I receive more from the calling than I give to it. For example, my calling as a Sunbeams teacher. Yes, I'm teaching the kiddos basic principles of the Gospel, but they are teaching me how to have Christ-like love, how to serve with my whole heart, and how to be kind to everyone.