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Hi I'm Sadie

I play bluegrass. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Sadie. When I was fourteen I started playing the mandolin. Since then, my brothers picked up instruments as well, (bass, banjo, guitar) and along with my parents, we have a family bluegrass band that we perform with. I love the outdoors. I have hiked all around Utah, including King's Peak, the tallest peak in Utah. I'm currently working as a seasonal ranger in a state park to save some money. My junior year of high school, I lived in New Zealand for three months because of my dad's job. That same year, I bought and fixed up an old 1979 Toyota pickup. A few months later, I graduated high school early and attended a semester at BYU. I am currently saving money for my mission in November, and will be serving in South Carolina.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family. When I reached my teenage years, something changed, and I wanted to know for myself if this church was true. My parents believed it, it seemed like a lot of my friends believed it, and I needed to know if I believed it. It seemed like the easy thing to do would have been to go along and attend church and various activities because it was what was expected of me, but there came a point where I decided I would not do that. I needed to know what the right thing to do was, regardless of how comfortable it was for me. I started praying. I told the Lord that if he wanted me to leave this church and find a new one, I would do it. I told him that if this church was true, I needed to know. I didn't want what was easy, I didn't want what was nice, I wanted what was true. And more than anything, no matter what, I wanted the courage to follow through with the truth. I began to pray asking God to show me the truth and where to go. I kept being led back to the church that I grew up in. I formed question after question and studied them, only to keep receiving confirmation that I was already in the right place. If there is a hard question about mormon doctrine or things that seem incorrect or unsettling about the LDS church, I have studied it. There is not a question or a doubt about the church that I did not have myself while in my search. Once I knew that this was the right place to be, I finally felt ready to settle down into it and give it my all. I have felt the power of the Savior's atonement. I have received the blessings of the priesthood and the restored gospel upon this earth. I found what I was looking for. I found truth. And I am so happy to have had that opportunity. My only wish is that others can have the same experiences. Whether in a spiritual or secular sense, all we really want is to find out what is true and good and be a force for those causes. I believe I have found mine. I only hope that everyone can do the same.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I participated in church youth programs, organizing and helping with various service projects around the community. When I was seventeen I also traveled to Peru to build a medical facility as part of a humanitarian program provided by the LDS church. I've always had a special love for the elderly, and have made friends with several older people throughout the years that I keep in contact with and visit as often as I can. In November, I will be serving a full time mission for the church sharing the gospel that I believe in with anyone who wants to hear it. I am so far from a perfect person but I try my best to take advantage of the opportunities I'm given to make myself a little better every week.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

This was something I was very interested in and studied a lot. Especially in regards to modesty. The piece I think it's easy to miss sometimes is that women and men are both special. In separate ways. Women are not subjected to men because they cannot be like men. Women are empowered because they have something that men will never have, and the same thing works the opposite way. It is vitally important to realize and understand WHY you matter and have worth for these things to become visible. I am a woman. Someday I will get married and have the opportunity to create life. To create new human beings and to shape the next generation of humans through my feminine example. This is something infinitely sacred that I think gets taken for granted sometimes. I also have the opportunity to make a difference in whatever career I decide to pursue, though I hold this as second tier to being a mother. It is everyone's job to take a look at who they are and discover their own individual abilities and ways to make the world a better place where they are. A man will never have the opportunity to do what I will do, and I him. There is something beautiful about this I believe. A perfect harmony. Show more Show less