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Hi I'm Sarah

I grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. I love adventures and trying new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am nineteen years old and just finished my first year of college and I am currently serving as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ecuador. I love to try new things and get outside my comfort zone. My favorite pastimes are reading, writing, singing, creating works of art, staying physically active, and being with my family. I am the oldest of five children.

Why I am a Mormon

This gospel makes so much sense. It makes perfect sense to me to be born of a loving Heavenly Father who sent me here to Earth so I can be free to make choices become more like him. He provided for me a body and a loving family. He gave me commandments to help me make correct choices through scriptures and words of a living prophet. He prepared a holy temple where I can make covenants and someday be sealed to my husband eternally. Most importantly, he provided me with a Savior, Jesus Christ, to allow me to change. Any mistake I have ever made or ever will make can be wiped clean if I will strive to be more like Christ and to rely upon him. I owe everything I have and am to the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My current calling in the church is to serve as a full-time missionary. For 18 months I will leave my home and live in a foreign land speaking a different language. My days will be spent studying the gospel, teaching others about our church and what I believe, and serving in any way that I can. I am doing this because I love my Heavenly Father and I love all of his children. The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought me peace and unbelievable joy and I want to share that joy with others.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Sarah
There are two primary purposes of temple work. One is to perform saving ordiances, both for those living and for those who have already died. The second is to provide a holy place where those who have prepared themselves to become worthy can learn further knowledge of the gospel. There are five saving ordinances that are performed in the temple: baptism, confirmation, initiatory, endowment, and sealing. For those living, baptism and confirmation are performed outside of the temple. Baptism requires full immersion in water by one having correct authority. Confirmation is when two or more men with the correct authority lay their hands on a person's head and give them the gift of the Holy Ghost. The initiatory is an ordinance in which one recieves many promises and blessings, as long as he or she remains faithful. It is preparatory to the endowment, which is a session usually lasting about two hours. During this time, members learn more about God's plan for us and make sacred covenants with him. The final ordinance, sealing, allows a person to be bound to his/her parents and spouse for eternity. Due to the sanctity of these ordinances, they are not spoken of in detail outside the temple. While only members of the LDS faith can enter the temple, anyone can visit the temple grounds and learn more about the purpose of the temple. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Sarah
Men and women are equal in the Lord's eyes. All of God's children are of infinite worth to him, no matter their race, religion, age, or gender. While men and women may hold different responsibilities within the church, they both have the opportunity to receive every blessing that comes from the gospel. While men cannot give birth to children, they can still feel the joy and receive the blessings of being fathers. Similarly, while women do not formally hold the priesthood, we are still blessed every day by its power. My father holds the priesthood, and it is so wonderful. He was the one to baptize me, and anytime I am struggling I can go to him and ask him to give me a priesthood blessing. My goal is to marry a man that holds and is worthy of the priesthood, and I do not feel that I need to carry this responsibility in order to receive the many wonderful blessings that come with it. Show more Show less