In November of 1979, Sarah Hinze was sitting in her stake center, listening to the first LDS Women’s Conference, when she heard President Kimball’s talk.
“Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church, in the last days, will come because many of the good women of the world, in whom there is often such an inner sense of spirituality, will be drawn to the Church in large numbers,” President Kimball stated. “This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different, in happy ways, from the women of the world.”
“I felt the Holy Spirit go through me like fire and it seemed the prophet was speaking to me,” says Sister Hinze. “It seemed as though the Spirit was whispering, ‘Seek the Lord in all you do, that you may stand and help fulfill the prophet’s counsel to women.’”
With a busy household of four young children, Sister Hinze of the Mesa 18th Ward,
Mesa East Stake, wasn’t sure what she had to offer, but over the next few years she felt encouraged to start writing. Throughout her life she’d loved journal writing, so with these same story-telling principles, she wrote three articles for the Ensign. Never before had she considered writing a book, but it was impressed upon her heart to write about children. As a mother, she was most in tune with spiritual feelings during pregnancy and how she felt connected to her children, even before birth.
Sister Hinze realized she was to be a gatherer of stories that support the dignity of the unborn child. She began collecting stories of ‘prebirth experiences,’ a term she coined, and wrote her first book, Life Before Life.
Sister Hinze’s ongoing research of 30 years continues to open doors where she can share her message and be a voice for the unborn. Most recently, Carolina Allen, president and founder of Big Ocean: Women for Faith, Family and Motherhood, an international pro-family group, invited Sister Hinze to join her at the March 2016 annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Sister Hinze spoke, along with other members, as keynote speakers at the event called Meet Women Who Are Changing the World, where they had the opportunity to speak out for family and motherhood.
Sister Hinze’s lecture, entitled “The Powerful Bond between Parents and their Children,” shared how women have potent intuitive and spiritual capacities, and that the caring and nurturing of children is an inherently divine quality. Sister Hinze concluded her remarks by speaking about forced and sex-selective abortion in some countries. While at the event, Sister Hinze distributed 150 copies of her new book, The Castaways: New Evidence Supporting the Rights of the Unborn Child, as gifts to those in attendance.
“This is a time to stand, as never before, for truth,” Sister Hinze affirms.
Sister Hinze is currently the co-leader of Big Ocean Women’s Pro-Life Team. For more information, visit www.sarahhinze.com or www.bigoceanwomen.org