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Hi I'm Sara

I was born and raised in Salt Lake, Utah. I'm a feminist. I'm an ally. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley, only leaving it to attend BYU down south in Provo. Though I hope to see the rest of the world soon, I'm grateful to have grown up so close to my immediate and extended family and in a place where the gospel was so strong. I know I will carry that love and support with me wherever I go. I'm preparing to serve an LDS mission soon, in which I'll be living in Illinois for 18 months, teaching people about my faith in the Spanish language. I've taken about five years of Spanish in high school/college, though that was a couple years ago. Hopefully it all comes back fast. I spend most of time reading, and when I'm not reading, I'm writing YA fantasy novels. My goal is to become a published author. I've still got long way to go, but writing brings me so much joy. I'm not giving up. I've also been greatly influenced by theater. I took a theater class by accident, but it was the greatest mistake I ever made. I believe all art, but especially theater, has the power to change the world. I've been lucky to be a part of that change, even if it was only a small part. Something else is about me is that I am a feminist, and an ally. Some people may think both of these things are contradictory to the LDS church and LDS doctrine, but I know both of these aspects have brought me closer to my Father in Heaven and strengthened my testimony in his restored gospel. I'll explain exactly how in the next section. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised LDS, and have never experienced life outside the church, but that doesn't mean I didn't have my own conversion. Through prayer, I have received my own testimony of the Gospel and it's truthfulness as it was restored by Joseph Smith. This understanding has brought peace and amazing blessings into my life. One of these blessings is understanding where I came from and why I am here. I know I lived with my Father in Heaven before this life, just like every other person on this earth. I know we are the spirit sons and daughters of God and that he loves us very much. I know he wanted to have the opportunity to become like Him, so he created a world where we could grow and progress by being tested and tried. I know these trials, though hard, make me a better person. I know by following His commandments on this earth, I can one day return to live with Him. I know I have divine potential, by following Christ's example, I can receive eternal life, which means living like God, with God. This understanding reminds me my life has purpose. A beautiful, unique, and powerful purpose. So often the world tries to tell us we are weak. That we are powerless. That our lives don't matter. Because of the Gospel, I know this has never has been, nor ever will be true. For me, or for anyone else. There are many times when life is hard. So hard it's tempting to give up on my goals, wishes, and even on being happy. I'd like to quote on my favorite versus from the Book of Mormon, another scripture we believe in. "And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.(2 Nephi: 19)" I know I'm not perfect, and that I make mistakes, but I know I whom I have trusted: my Heavenly Father. I know He loves me, and He will never forsake me. I am so grateful for the Gospel and for all the things it teaches me about my loving Father in Heaven and my divine worth. I will never give that up.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith has varied throughout my life, but one part has always remained consistent. I know that my Father loves me, and that He wants me to be happy, just as He loves all those around me. I in turn strive to share this love with all those around me. I'm not perfect, of course, but nothing brings me greater joy than to see those around me be lifted up, and to feel their Heavenly Father's love as I do. I also make it a priority to read my scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father daily. The world around us is confusing, dangerous, and often heart-breaking. These simple acts give me the daily strength I need to stand firm in my faith in the face of all those challenges. Earlier I mentioned that I was a feminist and an ally. As a feminist I believe in empowering women and girls to become the people God intended them to be. The church has taught me to be proud of my gender and that I wield a great power. It has taught me that I am equal to my male counterparts. That I am beautiful, strong, and possess the ability to make choices for my own life. Unfortunately, the world sometimes teaches a very different message. One that can be damaging to all women, especially those who are young and vulnerable. An important facet of my faith is being an instrument in God's hands to reach out to his daughters in support and love, as they grow into women of strength, power, love and virtue. I also consider myself an ally. At this point I have not done as much to help our LGBTQ/SSA brothers and sisters, both inside and outside the church, as I would like, but I know that's never to late to start making a difference. I know that these individuals are beloved sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, that He made them, and that He loves them exactly as they are. I know they have so much to offer us, all of us, and I will do everything in my power to enable, love, and support them. In short, I live my faith by being Christ-like, and loving those around me.