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Hi I'm Sarah Anne

I'm a sixth generation Utahn, a single mother of two, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 30-something mother of two amazing children. I am a great friend. I am a musician, a writer, a singer, a jokester, and a fairly likable person. I am a Democrat ("But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their god. And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also." 2 Nephi 9:30) (See also: 1 Cor 13). I am an ex-Atheist. I am an adult orphan. I am a Daughter of the American Revolution and a Daughter of Utah Pioneers. I am smart, strong, and capable. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a seventh-generation Mormon -- my fourth great grandmother was baptized in 1842 just outside of Nauvoo, Illinois, and her son, my third great grandfather, was in the original party with Brigham Young when they traveled to Utah in 1847. I was only very-loosely raised in the church, however. My family only actively attended church for a few years when I was very young, and I was more or less on my own to steer my way through life. The trials I faced were all part of my journey -- they all led me to where I am now -- and I am so grateful for them. I have had a very challenging life thus far -- which has led to a variety of life choices, beliefs, and lack of belief -- but began feeling promptings to return to the church toward the end of 2013. I am so grateful that I listened to those promptings. It sounds trite to state that everything in my life is better with the church and with the gospel, but it is absolutely true. I've gained my testimony by reading the Book of Mormon, by praying daily (which was definitely a challenge at first), by meeting regularly with my bishop, studying the words of our modern-day Prophets, and by having a humble, open mind and an open heart. The Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ, and serves to strengthen and clarify Christian faith. Having now lived with and without the gospel in my life, I can honestly say that it will be at the core of all I do for the rest of my life. I have never been happier, felt more peace, or more clarity and reassurance. I know that our Father in Heaven knows and loves each one of us -- we are all significant, and we all have a purpose here on Earth.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in all things -- I don't believe in living your truth only when it is easy or convenient. I am mindful of how I conduct myself, how I interact with others, and the example that I set to my children every day. I attend church for three hours every Sunday. It's amazing the difference that attending meetings actually makes. It is easy to find excuses to not go, but everything in my life is better when I do attend. I love to continue to grow my knowledge and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I visit teach other women in the ward, some of whom are unable to attend church regularly. I share messages of love and faith with them, and serve them in whatever ways I am capable. Additionally, I sing in both the ward (neighborhood congregation) and stake (multiple wards combined) choirs, and find the experience of joining voices in song with my fellow brothers and sisters so uplifting. I also serve as the Ward Music Chair, and am responsible for selecting the hymns for sacrament meeting each Sunday, and preparing special musical numbers to be sung periodically during sacrament meeting. I am also currently the Relief Society Music Director.