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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. I'm a mom who loves economics and being outside.

About Me

 I recently left a career path I loved to do a job I love even more, stay home full time with my little boy. I miss my friends at work, the diversity of the group I worked with and the constant challenge, but I'm so glad I decided to stay home and be here for my child's childhood. I've been married to my dream cowboy for almost six years and we have a two-year-old son who is truly the light of our lives. My husband grew up on a ranch, but is now a pilot for a private company. For the first part of our marriage we scrimped and saved and both worked many hours to pay for his expensive pilot schooling. It's so nice to feel like we're finally on our feet after a long road. I love the outdoors, horses, playing with my dog and spending time with friends and family. I love having friends from all walks of life, a variety of backgrounds and belief systems. In short, I love my life and couldn't ask for anything more. I am so blessed and so grateful! 

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Utah. I was a Mormon mainly because my family and most of my friends were. Fortunately I had parents who taught me to question, investigate and learn for myself in all things. It wasn't until my second year of college that I could say I really beleived in the LDS faith for myself. When I left home to go to college I decided it was time to figure out what I really believed and how I wanted to live the rest of my life. I never doubted that I had a loving Heavenly Father who cared about me personally. I never doubted that Jesus Christ was my Savior and that his life on this earth was filled with miracles, kindness and compassion. I DID have my doubts about the origins of the church and several other tenets of the LDS faith. I wasn't sure that Joseph Smith was really a prophet of God who translated the Book of Mormon from ancient records. I wasn't sure that God and his Son would appear to a boy after a prayer to help him usher in truth and the restoration of Christ's church. That was all just a little too far-fetched for me. But I decided to read the Book of Mormon with real intent and see if what I'd been taught all my life was congruent with what was in the Book of Mormon and if these teachings were really what I wanted as a guidepost for the rest of my life. As I read, I prayed a lot. I never had doubted that Heavenly Father heard and answered prayers and as I read I felt this peace and assurance that the faith I had grown up with was of worth and was the same organization and gospel that Christ had taught while he was on the earth, complete with prophets and apostles. I felt that the Book of Mormon was true. I knew that all that was in it had really happened, but I still couldn't quite accept Joseph Smith. I reasoned with myself that if I believed that the Book of Mormon was true, by default Joseph Smith had to have been a prophet of God to translate it and bring it forth. That reason and logic sustained me for almost four years until I really believed in my heart in the same way that I knew the Book of Mormon was true that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God who had restored Christ's church to the earth. I'm so grateful for that faith and my belief now. I'm grateful that I had to learn for myself. I admit, there were times that I thought the moral code and other codes of conduct that the church teaches were, frankly, a pain, but I now see how much stress, pain and heartache living those standards saved me. I have a firm testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know He lives and is there to help us overcome our daily trials and mistakes. I know we all have a Heavenly Father who loves us and that we are all Children of God of infinite worth. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints has the same truth, doctrine and structure as the church Jesus Christ established when he was on the earth. I'm so grateful for the peace, assurance and guidance my faith gives me in a world full of uncertainty.

How I live my faith

The wonderful thing about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that if you truly believe, those beliefs permeate every area of your life. I live my faith by teaching my two-year-old bible stories and other things from the scriptures everyday after breakfast. My family also sets aside one evening a week to spend time having fun together as a family and learning about a Christlike attribute. I have worked with the young women, ages 16-18 in my neighborhood. I have attended weekly activities with them such as service projects or workshops where they learn a new skill. I've taught those same young women teachings of Christ on Sunday. I've worked with the children in our church group and helped their Sunday School program run smoothly. I love to be of service outside my church affiliation as well. That's one of the things I miss about my job. It afforded many opportunities for service in the community. Now with my two-year-old in tow I don't get as many of those opportunities which makes me even more grateful for the chance to serve at home and at church. I hope I live my faith in a way that even if someone didn't know I was a member of the LDS church and then found out about the church's belief system they could think of me and realize my life is congruent with all the teachings of the church. Honesty and Integrity are standards in the church that are a big deal to me and I try to live these standards more fully each day. I also deem the church's teachings of kindness, compassion and accepting EVERYONE, despite differences, as some of the most important things to exemplify in my own life.