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Hi I'm Sarah

I grew up in Utah and Arizona, and now call western North Carolina home. I love music and making people smile, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the church in Utah, then moved to Arizona when I was 14. Through amazing people and opportunities, I was able to truly gain a testimony of the gospel that I had so long taken for granted. When I was 16, my family moved again to North Carolina, and while it was a very new experience, I met the most incredible people who have inspired and blessed my life, as well as further strengthened my testimony. I have always loved to sing and play the piano, and have recently begun learning guitar. I always enjoyed dancing, but never took many classes. Then in my senior year of high school, I joined my school's marching band in the colorguard, and have found a strong passion there, in both the flagwork and in the dancing and performing. As a college student, I hope to be able to continue my passions in music, as well as in art, language, math, science, and any and all things nerdy. I will soon be putting my schooling on hold to serve a mission in Nicaragua for 18 months, and I'm so excited to be preaching the gospel in the beautiful Spanish language.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in the church, I still have my own conversion story. I attended church every week, took the sacrament, and claimed to be a Mormon throughout the first 15 years of my life, without much thought to what that meant. I struggled as a teenager to find self-worth, and often questioned the truthfulness of the church. Was it really right? How could I know? Am I just following the crowd of people surrounding me saying that it's what I need to do? When I lived in Arizona, I gained true friends with real and deep testimonies of the gospel. I started to feel the truthfulness and love of Jesus Christ and His gospel more fully. My first year as a YCL came, and so I, along with other YCLs, completed the Liahona program. Part of what was needed to complete the program is to find a quiet spot, like Joseph Smith, and pray aloud to Heavenly Father to answer a question we had. The question most girls seemed to ask was if He loved them. So after testimony meeting near the end of girl's camp, I found a quiet spot in the woods and prayed to ask Heavenly Father if He loved me. Immediately I felt an overwhelming warmth in my chest, and I felt this unimaginable sense of love and peace. In that moment, I knew there was something there. Later that year, I attended my very first year at EFY, or Especially for Youth, a summer camp-type program for LDS youth. I felt so much goodness and peace and happiness that weak, and finally, during testimony meeting, a girl casually mentioned a scripture in her testimony that changed my life. It was Alma 32:21, which reads, "And now as I said concerning faith--faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." Suddenly I realized that all of my doubts came from lack of complete understanding and surety. I realized that I didn't need to understand everything perfectly. I knew what I felt was good, and

How I live my faith

My whole life, my parents have instilled a very strong obligation to attend church and sacrament meetings, as long as I'm physically capable. Because of this, I show up to every church meeting every Sunday that I am able, and my life has been so blessed because of this. I feel the Spirit each day I attend, and it's such a lovely relief from the craziness of college life. I'll admit that I'm not the best at daily scripture study and prayer, but I do have a strong testimony to the Spirit and happiness it brings in my life when I make an effort to become close to my Heavenly Father inwardly, as well as outwardly through my church attendance and my callings. Throughout high school I had multiple callings serving in Young Women's, including as a secretary, counselor, pianist, and Laurel class president. I also attended girl's camp for 7 years, with 3 of those years being a YCL, or youth camp leader. In my ward in college, I serve as the pianist for Relief Society, or the women's organization of the church. I love the Spirit I feel as I accompany the beautiful voices of sisters singing praises to Heavenly Father, and couldn't have asked for a better first calling not in my home ward. More than just church service, I strive to live my life the way Christ would. I try to be generous, charitable, non-judgmental, hard working, and loving in all I do, think and say. I make mistakes, but keeping Christ and the example of others in my heart and mind makes it that much easier to stay on the right path.