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Hi I'm Sage.

I'm a college student from Alaska. I'm Mormon.

About Me

I'm attending college in Alaska to get an AAS in Paralegal Studies and a BA in Spanish. I love sports-mainly volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer-and love being outside playing around with friends or traveling to different places. I've been to Mexico, where I did fulfilled several dreams of "crazy" outdoor adventures: I went bungee jumping over a canyon, zip-lining over the desert and 4-wheeling through it, kayaking (first time and I was by myself) on the sea, and parasailing near the clouds. It was amazing! I love to travel. I've been to parts of Europe and to the tip of Baja California. I hope to do a study abroad in Spain next year, and I have always wanted to go to Australia and several places in South America.

Why I am a Mormon

I learned about the church when I was around eight-years-old. My family moved around a lot, but wherever we went, my best friend always seemed to disappear on Sundays, so I wouldn't have any one to hang out with. I finally asked once where my friend and her family went. She said they went to church, and invited me to come along. I went at first because I wanted to be with my friend but I was soon asked if I wanted to be baptized. It felt right, so I said yes. I started taking the missionary lessons at 7/8-years-old. I was baptized by my uncle and confirmed a member of the church in 1999. As I learned more about the church and the gospel, I started feeling sad because everyone that went was always with family; moms, dads, brothers, and sisters always sat next to each other, and I didn't have my family next to me. It took me a while to get over that. I finally realized that, while I may not have my family around then, I could make it a goal to have my future family around later in life. This gospel is the worth more than the world to me. I really do not know what kind of life I would be leading now if I were not a member of this church. It makes me sad to think that some people believe we just disappear after this life, that there is no life after death. There is! I testify of that with all my heart! And through this knowledge and faith, I know there is something to strive for in life, it gives me so much hope! I know that families can be sealed together for eternity. One of the other great things is how great of a support system I instantly started gaining when I starting going to church. As my faith and testimony have progressed, that system and chain of friends have as well. I'm never alone!

How I live my faith

There are two ways I try to live my faith: inward and outward. I try to live my faith inwardly for myself and not because someone else is telling me I should. I do it because being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints makes me happy and gives me hope beyond anything I've ever experienced to keep pushing on and enduring so I can become the best I can be. By outward, I mean that I try to lead by example, in what I say or talk about with other people, what I do and how I act, how I dress, etc. I strive to live and learn the Christ-like attributes, like service and charity. I love to serve! During high school, one of the groups I was joined required a certain amount of community service hours. After I graduated, I longed to continue to serve for two reasons. When you serve those around you, you lose yourself and your worries. You can briefly forget about problems that you are having by earnestly trying to help others overcome their struggles, no matter how little or how large those problems are. Visiting and studying with others my age is great! Studying and building my faith with others has not only helped strengthen my testimony, but I have made many friends that I know I can count on to be there when I need them. And I don't mean just in these few upcoming years. I have made life-long friends that I know will support me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Sage.
Not by any means. Speaking about callings in general, if someone is asked to do something in the church, they are always given the option to say no. It is the same thing for a mission. First of all, one has to volunteer for a mission. Papers, kind of like an application for a job or a school, are entered, and pretty soon a calling is sent back to the person. At this point, that person is still under no obligation to go. Though most who enter papers accept the calling, I know of a few people who changed their minds for a variety of reasons. This is not to say that serving a mission is not a good thing to do. Of young men who have reached the age of at least 19, it is asked and preferred if they serve a mission. For women it is a bit different. The family is one of the biggest cornerstones of the church and is held in high regards. It is preferred that women focus on an education and family, but for those who reach the age of 21 have not found a husband, they are more than welcome to serve a mission. Either way, it depends on each individual's feelings and faith. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Sage.
Yes!!! I have been asked this so many times and I love it. Christians believe in Christ, that He came to earth and died for our sins. Mormons are members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. We have His holy name in our church name, which, I would hope, leads people to know that we believe in Christ. Show more Show less