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Hi I'm Samuel Edwards

I'm young, I'm trying to decide where to go in life. I know that God lives and watches out for me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Samuel. I am 23 years old and a Returned Missionary. I love foreign languages and am always trying to learn something new about another language. I speak Spanish, thanks to my mission, and I am learning both French and Haitian Creole with goals of learning a few other languages during my lifetime. Being able to communicate with anyone anywhere is fascinating to me. It's hard for me to narrow my interests down to just a few things, most things that I try I find a way to enjoy. I grew up doing housekeeping with my amazing single mother (I am her only child) and I learned very quickly that if you don't like what you do in life you are never going to be very happy but that doesn't mean you should let that stop you from doing what needs to be done either. If it has to be done then by all means do it, but find a way to enjoy it. That thought is what I took with me whenever I tried something new. I love wilderness survival (thanks to the Boy Scouts), music, dance, reading, writing, history, science fiction, mythology, carpentry, pretty much you name it I like it. Right now I'm getting situated with what I want to study, believe me trying to pick a favorite out of the list above is extremely hard and in todays world trying to succeed at anything is difficult and even emotionally challenging but I trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the guidance and comfort of the Holy Ghost to keep me going no matter how bad it gets, there is always joy where ever you look.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and honestly I don't really remember how I got my first testimony from God that this was indeed his unique truth on Earth. My earliest memories as a child include my already knowing that God personally directs this church through his Prophets and Apostles. Over time I learned more and more about what that really means and I have enjoyed many special and personal witnesses that God is aware of each and every single one of us, no matter where we are or what we do. I learned that every commandment of God has a purpose and should always be obeyed, whether we understand it or not. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and I know it is true. Every time I read it I feel closer to God and to Jesus Christ. Because of the Book of Mormon I know that Joseph Smith was chosen to organize God's people in our day, otherwise known as a Prophet. Because of the Book of Mormon I really feel that God wants us to understand Him. I love the Bible and I know that it is God's word just the same as is the Book of Mormon. This book is unique because it is the only book written specifically for our societies today. The prophets who wrote it were allowed by God to see us as a people and then they wrote with our names in mind. Any one can find any answer to life's questions in that book. Why am I Mormon? It's not because of any one event or experience, it's everything, it's life itself. I'm proud to say that I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As I said before about loving just about everything I do (except for maybe math), I thoroughly enjoy and love teaching the Gospel to others. I served my mission spanish speaking and since my mission I have continued to attend church in Spanish. I have done various assignments for the congregations that I have lived in and enjoyed all of them but none were quite as fulfilling as going with the Full Time Missionaries to teach. Seeing other people recognize the Church and this Gospel for what it truly is (the Kingdom of God on Earth) and seeing their lives change for better, seeing hope and peace in their eyes is truly the best thing life can offer. Often the other members of the church (and even the missionaries I work with) forget that I'm not a missionary myself anymore and will simply call me "Elder Sam" which I think is amazing and hilarious at the same time. :) I also love attending the Temple, the peace and happiness that are felt in those holy buildings are literally like Heaven on Earth. Have you ever been so happy that you were at a loss for words? That feeling is what it's like in the temple all the time. Never have I felt so close to God than when I am working in the Temple. Being with the missionaries and attending the Temple regularly are like lifelines to real happiness for me and I would never want to live life without those blessings.