Hi I'm Sarah Leigh
Last summer I married my husband in the Draper Temple. It was a glorious experience. I love knowing that I'm married to this man for eternity and that no matter what happens in this life, I know I'll get to be with him forever. We live in Utah with our two dogs. We love spending time outside, especially hiking. I currently manage an art gallery in Salt Lake City, UT. It is a personal gallery for an LDS artist. The work is of LDS temples, church history, but also a wide variety of landscapes. It is such a great environment to work. I love sharing the artwork with people who come into the gallery. I feel like I have a chance to share the joy that I have found in the gospel with them. I love telling them the stories associated with the different pieces that are near and dear to my heart. I served a mission in Latvia for 18 months. Latvia is a small country in Eastern Europe. I loved my time there. I returned almost 2 years ago. I have 5 siblings and I'm the second oldest. One thing I've learned from my family is hard work. Every Saturday we weren't out playing like everyone else. We were either landscaping, cleaning the house, or doing one of the endless odd jobs. I learned growing up how to have fun while I work. My family members are my best friends. I love music and the arts. I have played piano for ten years and find a lot of joy in the creation of music. I also love photography and Photoshop. I plan to b a graphic designer some day.
Why I am a Mormon
Ever since I was a little kid, I've been going to church. My parents always set a good example of what it meant to be Mormon. I haven't always had a testimony. I've always agreed in the standards they set forth, but sometimes as a child I doubted whether there was a God that loved me. As I got into high school and life got busy, I asked my dad what he did to manage a busy life, and he said he relied on the Lord. I took his advice and found out for myself that there is a God in heaven that loves me, and he helped me make it through all the woes of high school. I'm a Mormon because I love the love that his gospel and he holds for me. I've never felt stronger love than that which I feel from my Heavenly Father.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
When we do family history work we gain a connection to all of our ancestors in the past. It is wonderful to learn about their lives and to see how their lives have changes our lives now. We also do family history work to provide our family with the ordinances that we believe are essential to return to our Heavenly Father. I personally love learning about all the wonderful people I'm related to and reading their personal journals to find out what they did in their lives and what joys they found in the gospel. I believe that when I learn about them and do their temple work they smile down at me from above.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
Serving a mission is an incredible opportunity. The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought so much joy to my own life, that giving of my time to go and share that joy is a blessing for me. I served a mission in Latvia. I loved serving a mission, and teaching and meeting so many amazing and humble people. My mission was a chance to serve others by sharing with them the things that are most valuable to me. My knowledge about God and His church brings me so much joy in life and has led to all the blessings I know have in my life, like my husband. As a missionary, I got to share these joys and blessings with others and help them see that God loves them. We are his children. It is incredible to see the light that comes into people's lives when they begin to understand that they have a loving Heavenly Father who looks out for them. I am not the only one to serve a mission. Both of my parents served faithful, full time missions, and my brother also served a mission. They are all great examples to me of how to be true and faithful servants of our Heavenly Father. I'm excited to be like them and go and serve the Lord.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
A mission is an opportunity to serve our Heavenly Father by being His servants on Earth. Heavenly Father's purpose is to have as many of his children as possible return to him. As a missionary currently, his purpose is also my purpose. I am teaching people how to return to live their Father in Heaven. I teach them the joys that the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring into their lives. Going on a mission is also a sacrifice, but one that I am so willing to make! My Heavenly Father has given me so much, and giving him 18 month of my life is a very small way that I can pay my Heavenly Father back. These 18 months of my life will be nothing but time devoted to the Lord. I want nothing but to be able to be His servant going about His work. His work is to find His children and teach them the gospel so that they can return to Him. He loves His children so much and only wants what is best for them!
How I live my faith
I've done a lot of things to live my faith. My favorite thing was teaching 6 and 7 year-old children about their Savior and Heavenly Father who loves them. I love seeing their faces as they learn something new, and it means something to them. I also love listening to their stories. Little kids have the best stories. I also live my faith by serving others. I'm glad that we have service. By serving other, I learn more about myself. Every winter I helped to shovel snow for the elderly that lived around me. As I provided this service I learned that I love work, and I love the snow. I also loved talking to these wonderful old men and ladies and hearing the great stories they have. They really have a lot of lessons to share and I love learning from them. Ultimately I live my faith just by smiling and loving everyone I come in contact with.