What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Sarah

I grew up in Utah. I am currently in a MSPA program in Nevada. I am happily married and love my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an advocate for education. I love it and I am so grateful to be in a PA program right now. I have always had a passion for medicine and have worked in the surgical services for 4 years. I received a BS in Exercise Science at BYU and a BS at the UofU in Nursing. I hope with my next degree I will be able to continue to work in the surgical services. Four years ago I married the most perfect man for me in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. He currently lives in Utah for work while I am in school in Nevada. I miss him every day! I always have a countdown of when I get to see him next. We have no children. Together we enjoy anything outdoors including sports, hunting, fishing, running, hiking, gardening, riding horses, etc. We also like movies, cooking, traveling, and just spending time together with family and friends. We love animals, my favorite being dogs but my husband breaks horses. We also love serving our community and providing international service. We have done service trips to places in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. My husband served an LDS mission in Brazil but we got married before I had the opportunity to serve an LDS mission. I look forward to serving together in the future. Currently, I am a stressed out student who studies every minute and tries to find time to eat and exercise. When I do get a small break, I completely enjoy the Vegas sun and going to shows on the strip with my roommate.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and raised Mormon. So initially my knowledge of the gospel and faith started in my home and during church activities. However, I am a very independent person. I like to figure things out for myself. I am opinionated and l like to analyze ideas, situations, cultures, and beliefs. So naturally I questioned the basis of my faith. My testimony of this gospel started when I was in middle school. I started reading the New Testament. As I read, it's as if my soul was overcome with joy for the birth of my Savior. It was like all the sudden my eyes were opened to the reality of the stories and events. I started reading it like a history book. As I read, I felt that my soul and body became more connected, I became a better person, and I craved to read more. At the end of the books, I cried because it was over. I instantly desired to read more and began the Pearl of Great Price and The Book of Mormon. I had similar experiences with these books. I realized that I had a firm belief in God and in Jesus Christ and that they are separate beings. I knew Jesus was the son of God and my Savior who atoned for my sins. From there I practiced prayer and have had many prayers directly answered. Through prayer I gained an understanding of Gods love for me. He has touched my heart. All other aspects of my beliefs are based off of the feelings and inspiration that I personally continue to receive. My testimony has grown, my foundation of faith and knowledge has expanded, and I have found comfort, peace, joy, and direction in my life. Living the commandments of the church has always brought me happiness and comfort. I still have questions that might not be answered in this life, but I am excited for and know that all my questions will be answered eventually. I trust God and know that he has all knowledge, that he loves me, and that he has a plan for me.

How I live my faith

I am in a unique situation currently with my ward membership. I live in Vegas but want to keep my records with my husband in Utah. So I serve in my Utah ward by teaching Sunday school lesson's to 14 year olds when I am in Utah. When I am not there, my husband teaches the class. We teach all aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ and fundamentals of our church. Before I moved to Vegas, I taught 12 year old young women on Sunday's. I also participated, planned, and implemented Wednesday night activities for them and many other weekend activities, and camps in the summer. I focused on teaching the young women the doctrine of Jesus Christ but also the magnitude of their divine nature. We are daughter of our Heavenly Father and he loves us. I have also had the opportunity to visit teach many woman in my community, participate in community sporting events, craft activities, Eagle Scout Projects, many service activities, family history activities, choir, and other organized events to build relationships, strengthen faith, and provide service. Our church is very involved in many different types of uplifting activities so that everyone in the community can feel welcome and have fun. We say that we have a ward 'family' and it really feels like a community family. There is always so much going. It is very easy to get involved and is not uncommon to participate in multiple events throughout each week. I live my faith everyday by staying involved, upholding my standards and living the gospel, serving others, and consistently trying to be more like my Savior, Jesus Christ.