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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a Mormon and I'm about to serve as a missionary in Finland--I believe in living life to the fullest!

About Me

I am 19 years old, the second oldest of nine children, and I'm curious to a fault. I'm willing to try anything once (that gets me into all kinds of hilarious misadventures)---my motto is 'why not?' I love my family, good food, fresh air, sunshine, mediocre food, friends, laughing, and just LIFE. As far as hobbies go, I love anything music---I've played the viola for eight years, sang in the advanced choirs, performed in school plays and musicals, and on any given day if you play loud music I'll probably scamper over and start bobbing my head in appreciation. (dancing is not one of my many gifts, unfortunately. I took a class and found that one out the hard way.) I'm also a doodler---I'll come to a class or a church meeting with my notebook and pen fully intending to take notes, but I'll leave with a picture of a walrus having a birthday party with some penguins. I do take some things seriously though: I love my siblings ferociously and I usually end up playing parent number three. I work really hard in school, and I made it into my university of choice. And I'm one of those people that has a zillion acquaintances but a very small group of close friends who I love like family. My biggest fear is that I won't live up to the expectations of God, my parents, my friends, and my Savior---and that I'll lose their trust and lose them forever. I'm so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how it allows me to better myself and become the kind of person I want to be!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family: my parents are Mormons, my grandparents are Mormons, my aunts and uncles are Mormons, and like most children that grow up in homes with a clearly established religion, I was taken to church by my parents every week whether I liked it or not. I only really went because they were taking me and I wanted to obey them. When I started middle school, I was going to church, and I liked it, but I didn't really have a personal relationship with God---and I didn't really understand why I would want one. Then puberty hit. You know how it is, you fatten up to the point of bursting, you get braces, and all of a sudden you have to start putting on deodorant and shaving your legs and goodness gracious you just turn ugly. On top of all these body changes, I had just barely moved to a new town where I was the only active Mormon in my class. Now middle school is hard for everyone--kids don't mean to be cruel, but they are. And I was bullied a lot--because of the way I looked, because I was new and friendless, and because I belonged to a religion that my classmates did not understand. But in my desperation, I found a friend in Jesus Christ. When I was sad and lonely, I would pray for comfort and strength--and He saw me through. I found friends within my church that treated me with love and kindness, and when I got into high school, I was a happy person. I learned that true self-esteem does not come from boys or parties or trying to fit in. True happiness comes from having a relationship with God and trusting that he has a plan for you and wants you to be happy. I have a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is true, but you don't have to take my word for it! Find out for yourself! Chat online with the missionaries--they can answer your questions! I know that if you really truly want to develop a relationship with God, and you want to be surrounded by happy loving people, the Mormon church is the place for you.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being the best sister, daughter, and friend that I know how to be. Being the second oldest of nine, I carry a lot of home responsibilities---I drive my little brothers and sisters to lessons and basketball games, babysit when my parents are out of town, help with homework, make meals, change diapers, and keep them from killing each other. I envy the freedom that some of my friends with smaller families have, but I wouldn't trade my lot for anything. I share a strong bond with my siblings and when I obey my parents and help out at home, I know I am doing what Christ would do and living my faith. Mormonism is a Christ-centered faith, and one of the most important things that the savior taught was to love your neighbor as yourself---no matter what religion they practice, what clothes they wear, or how they treat you. We are all Heavenly Father's children and it makes Him happy when we treat each other with kindness and respect. When I treat others with love, I am living my faith. When I graduated from High School, I prayed really hard about whether to go to fall semester at BYU or postpone my admission and work full time through the semester to save up for and go on an LDS mission. It was a really tough decision! But after weeks of fasting and prayer, I felt strongly prompted that I needed to work and save, and wait until after my mission to start school. It's the best decision I ever made! I leave to serve a mission in Finland in April and I couldn't be happier!!! And Finally, I live my faith when I utilize the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Thanks to our Savior, every day I can be a better person than I was yesterday. And when I attend church, I am surrounded by others who are trying their best to do the same. I LOVE BEING A MORMON!!!!!