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Hi I'm Sam LeFevre

I grew up in Alaksa. Now I live in Utah. I am public health worker, a dad, a grandpa and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on the west coast of Alaska. After High School I served a mission in the Tahiti Papeete Cook Islands mission. When I got home I went to school in Washington, Utah and Idaho. After graduate school I joined the US Army Reserve and served for 21 years before retiring. My wife and I have four daughters and three young grandsons. Both my wife and I work in public health.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to LDS parents and grew up Mormon. At about age 14 I needed my own testimony and started seeking for one. Although I have always been active in the church, I have had many opportunities to be "converted" since my first 14-year-old experience -- each time, becoming a little more certain. I find that the Gospel is always relevant and I continue to find new meaning in its teachings as my life's situation changes.

How I live my faith

Members often have several callings, and I am no exception. Currently my wife and I are ward missionaries, and I am a home teacher for several families in our ward. On Tuesdays and Fridays, I work at the Salt Lake Temple - one of my most favorite jobs. It is not uncommon to get a phone call to help with a variety of service and welfare projects or to assist by visiting and blessing members of our community. That is the formal way. On the everyday, my faith defines for me who I am and guides how I talk, how I interact with others and how I make decisions, whether I am aware of it or not.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Sam LeFevre
Temples are used to teach us about the purpose of our lives, the importance of keeping covenants and the way to return to our Father in Heaven. Temples are used to administer very important ordinances such as a temple marriage (called a temple sealing by Mormons). The temple marriage is performed by priesthood authority that can bind a couple for eternity. I am grateful for my temple marriage because it gives me hope that my wife, daughters, sons-in-law, grandsons, parents, brothers and sisters, etc., will continue to be a family as we are here on earth. Temples are also used to share ordinances that should have been performed in life for relatives who passed away without that opportunity. One such ordinance is baptism. Baptism is the necessary gate to that pathway to return to Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Sam LeFevre
When I do baptisms as a proxy for my deceased ancestors or for other people who are deceased, I do this as an act of charity, hoping that their spirits will accept this gift. It also helps me think about the signficance of my own baptism when I have an opportunity to repeat this ordinance for others. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Sam LeFevre
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith anymore than Americans worship George Washington. Both men were extremely talented and their lives provide much opportunity for learning. Americans celebrate the life of George Washington for his role in the birth of our nation. Similarly, Mormons celebrate the life of Joseph Smith for his role in the restoration of the gospel and priesthood authority. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Sam LeFevre
My parents and grandparents were all members of the Church when I was born, and I grew up being taught that Mormonism was true. When I was 14 years old, a Sunday School teacher challenged the class I was in to get our own testimony of Jesus Christ, His Gospel, the restoration of His Gospel through the work of the prophet Joseph Smith and of the Book of Mormon. When I received that challenge, I realized that I only had four or five years before I would have to make a decision about going on a two year mission. I decided that it would be a very good idea, if I found out for myself if these things were true. Utimately, the only way to know the truth is by personal answer to prayer from our Heavenly Father, since he is source of truth. These answers come through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. After careful study, I hiked up into a mountain near our home and with real desire prayed, and received my first conscience witness. It is hard to describe that experience other than a great flood of peace, comfort and happiness came and confirmed to me that all I had believed all my life with regards to the Church was true. Since that time, I have had many opportunities to receive additional testimony and experience with the spirit as I have sought guidance about my personal concerns, my family, church callings and work experience. Show more Show less