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Hi I'm Sami

I a web development student. I enjoy drawing and learning Chinese. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying web development and design. In my free time I enjoy reading, drawing, and writing. I also enjoy getting out and walking and hiking. I lived a year and a half in Taiwan and enjoy Asian culture. 

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but that doesn't mean that I haven't developed my own testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. Just like any one else, I prayed and asked God about the Book of Mormon. I felt a lot of joy and peace when God told me, yes, it was true. I know God hears our prayers and is directing our lives. He really does love us, and He knows each and everyone personally. He is watching out for YOU. That is why He, through Joseph Smith, restored His original church that was here on Earth since Adam and was re-established again when Christ came to the Earth. He doesn't want us to be lost or confused--He wants us to be happy now and in the future. Through the scriptures, prayer, church, family, living prophets, and guidance by the Holy Ghost, we can have this joy despite trials. Why am I a Mormon? Because it's true and God told me so. And every time I tell other people about the church, I get excited, which is another confirmation from God, our loving Heavenly Father, that this church is His church, given to us for our eternal benefit.

How I live my faith

I cannot say I have ever done anything that seems overly amazing, but it is the little things, such as praying, reading the scriptures, and helping other people. I do my best to follow Christ's teachings. Of course, I am not perfect and find myself making a lot of mistakes, but I try and when I do find myself doing something against what Christ taught, I try to make changes. I just finished serving a full-time mission in Taiwan where I was able to talk about Jesus Christ and His true church to a predominantly Buddhist nation. While there I also got to do a lot of cool service projects, such as teaching English every week. Here at home, I have done such things as teaching and planning activities for different church activities.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Sami
Baptism is a promise with God. We promise God that we will remember and follow Him. We also promise we will help our brothers and sisters, which is everyone around us. In return, God promises us greater blessings in our life, such as protection, guidance, peace and comfort in our live, etc. We also get a new start--when we are baptized, all of our sins are washed away, so we start with a clean slate to do better. With baptism, we also have the promise that God will be there with us to do better and have happier lives. Baptism is also the first step to returning to God, our loving Heavenly Father. God wants these wonderful blessings for everyone! Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Sami
I love the temple and I have never met anyone who doesn't think they are absolutely beautiful. There is a special feeling in and even around temples. When I lived in Taiwan, a lot of people would come to the small square next the temple just because there was such a beautiful feeling. I am sure it is true in other places. The events that take place in Mormon churches and Mormon temples are very different. in churches, we hold weekly services, activities, sports, religious classes, etc. Anyone can walk into a Mormon church--visitors are very welcomed! But not just anyone can walk into a temple, and it's not because we don't want you there. In fact, we do! God wants you there. The temple is God's house, so it is a very clean and holy place. In the temple, we learn more about God's plan for us, make promises with God, and are sealed to our families so death will not separate us. But to appreciate it, we need to prepared. If you were to go into God's presence, you would like to be clean, right? And you would want your life to on the right track as well, I take it. So we prepare. I like to use an example to make it easier to understand. Think of the temple as "God's University". Churches are God's primary education system. An elementary student wouldn't enjoy or learn anything from a college course. To fully appreciate it, that student needs to study his or her way up. Once that person is ready, college becomes a meaningful and enriching experience. It is the same with temples. God knows we can't learn it all at once, so He prepares us, step-by-step: we meet with missionaries, read the scriptures, come to church, are baptized, etc. As we learn more, we become ready for higher knowledge and promises with God--and then God readily welcomes us into His magnificent home, the Temple. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Sami
When missionaries visit your home, they will first get to know you. Christ knows and loves each and everyone of us, so missionaries will try and teach to your needs and concerns. If you have a question, feel free to ask them. They will try to help you see how the church will help you in your life. Most first visits, missionaries talk about the Restoration, that is Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. They will talk about how it relates to Christ's original church and how it relates to you. They will give you a Book of Mormon and three invites: to read the Book of Mormon, pray about it and Joseph Smith, and come to church. Through these invites, you will learn how to talk with God and get answers to your own questions that you may have. Isn't that amazing! You will start to receive answers to your questions, whether it be how to help your family, how to find work, or what is the purpose of life! In following visits, they will teach you where we were before this earth, life's purpose, Christ's role in our life, where we go when we die, and what God expects of us. Show more Show less