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Hi I'm Samantha

I was not raised in the LDS faith, but I joined at age 19. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My most significant role at the moment is as a stay-at-home-mother, but I am more than that. Before starting our family, I completed my BA with a double major in English and Journalism. I enjoy yoga, reading, and exploring nature. I have a pottery wheel and kiln at home, and I produce and sell handmade pottery locally. My husband completed his BS in Electrical Engineering then went on to Medical school. He is currently a second-year resident entering the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. With three children ages 7 and younger, and another on the way, we stay busy and we have a lot of fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS Church when I was 19. I was not raised in a religious environment and had observed the hypocrisy of many who professed to be faithful people. Growing up in the Southern US, it seemed there were many eager to condemn others for believing differently than they did, whereas I had been raised to respect others and to regard religion as a personal matter. As a result, I had grown to mistrust organized religion. While I realized there were many Christians who truly believed and lived according to their faith, I felt Christianity was not for me. Then I started dating the man who is now my husband. At the time, he was meeting with LDS missionaries, and he introduced me to them. Several things appealed to me even before I prayed for a personal spiritual confirmation. I liked that they didn't condemn those of other faiths, and they believed everyone would have an opportunity to hear the Gospel and choose for themselves. I also appreciated the respect they had for those of other cultures. After meeting with the missionaries for 8 months and studying the Book of Mormon, I prayed about joining the church. I knew my parents wouldn't understand why I chose such a lifestyle-altering faith, and I wondered how my friends would react, as well as my fiance. However, I received an answer that this was right and I set my date for baptism. My fiance was baptized 3 weeks later, and now we have a wonderful life together. I have never regretted my decision to join the LDS church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by trying to set a good example for my children and teaching them about the kind of life Christ wants us to live. I dress modestly, I strive to live with integrity, and I attend church meetings regularly. In our local congregation, I serve as the Primary Secretary, working with the children ages 18 months - 12 years. Service is a fundamental principle of Christ's teaching, and it is something that has always been important to me. In high school I enjoyed volunteering in the community. Now, as a mother, I am passing that passion on to my children. We volunteer one day a week stocking shelves at the local food pantry. For each of my children's birthdays, we ask friends to bring an item to donate to a specific charity rather than a gift. My children look forward to choosing which charity to help and taking the items in after the party is over. Our children have decided to start collecting pop tabs from soda cans to donate to the local Ronald McDonald house, and they have our family and friends saving theirs as well. Our differences are what make life more meaningful, and I enjoy learning about the beliefs of others. We are trying to instill tolerance, love, and compassion in our children because we believe that is how Christ wants us to live. We are also teaching our children to take care of the earth that our Heavenly Father has given us. We pick up litter at local parks and around town when we see it, and we explore and appreciate nature.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to return to live with Him. I have come to know this and build a relationship with him through study of the scriptures and through prayer. In my times of despair and trial, I have prayed to him and received comfort and powerful answers that I cannot deny. I believe that He is eager to show His love to us if we will just reach out to Him in sincerity and hope. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Our church is organized the same way Christ's original church was organized. This is because Christ is at the head of this church. This is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, the same church he established when he walked the earth. Because of disbelief and sin, the true church of Christ was taken from the earth for a time, but it has been reestablished in our time. Christ organized it, as he did his original church. Show more Show less