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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a white girl who loves Latin America. I served an 18 month mission in New Zealand. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Latin American Studies major. I love speaking Spanish; I love it partly because I'm not that great and need more practice! When I'm not studying, I enjoy running, being with friends, playing frisbee and listening to music. I've traveled a lot over the years. I've lived in Ukraine as an English teacher for several months, in Mexico as student for 8 weeks, and in New Zealand for 18 months as a missionary.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes we use the expression of being "born into the Church" (having parents that are already members when we're born) or being a "convert" (being baptized from age 9 and up) as if they were two completely different things. I know from my own personal experiences that we are all converts. I'm a Mormon for a lot of reasons, and my conversion, I believe, is still in process as I strive to become "truly converted"(Luke 22:32). So, how did I get to this point? My parents were both baptized at 8 years old and taught me correct principles from my infancy by word and deed. Although I didn't really understand everything, I quickly learned the principle of obedience--I knew that when I obeyed those principles and commandments, I was happier and I didn't feel guilty. So I continued. I've never really wavered, but bit by bit my depth of understanding and happiness has increased. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring us that true happiness. Jesus did atone for our sins to allow us to live with our Heavenly Father again. Our Father in Heaven loves us enough that after centuries without these precious truths, He reached out to restore them through the prophet Joseph Smith. That's amazing! That means so much to me. It means that I can live with my family forever. It means that I can get relief from guilt and shame that come when I make mistakes. It means I can have true joy in this life.

How I live my faith

I think an essential part of being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is trying to become more like the Savior. I'm far from perfect, but I really try to follow Christ--especially in the way I interact with others. I love talking to everyone that I see and trying to lift and encourage them, which can then draw them closer to the Lord. I attend church meetings every Sunday so that I can renew the covenants I've made with God and remember Jesus Christ and His Atonement.