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Hi I'm Sam.

I'm a husband, a father of five children, a healthcare executive, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into the Mormon faith and had a testimony of the Church at a young age. I was baptized at the age of eight, and was well prepared at that time by my parents for baptism, having a clear understanding that by being baptized I was making a conscious decision to follow Jesus Christ. However, as a youth I loved athletics, particularly baseball. My focus on academics and athletics led to success in those areas, however during those years of my life the Church for me, unfortunately, took a back seat. It was during my senior year of college that something sparked within me to get more involved in the Church. The timing was all rather interesting because it was soon after I had those thoughts a fellow member who was attending my same university, and was fresh off a mission, in a sense found me on campus and offered to give me a ride to church. In a matter of weeks I became very active in the Church, so much so that I could not get enough and was attending every function, class, activity I could. It was soon thereafter that I had a great desire to serve people on a daily basis which led to me serving a two-year full-time mission in Central America, specifically in Nicaragua. Since completing a full-time mission I have been blessed in all facets of my life, as I have a young growing family, have continued to actively serve in the Church, and I have experienced success professionally.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be the Lord's church and to be led and directed by him through living prophets, seers, and revelators. I believe the scriptures to be the word of God and the teachings and programs of the Church to provide clear guidance on how to live a happy life and raise a happy family. I believe the temple to be the literal house of the Lord and the place I go to receive spiritual guidance in my life or to overcome the trials and challenges that life presents. I know every good thing I have experienced over the last fifteen years is directly tied to my activity and service in the Church. I strongly believe that any blessings I have received with family and in my profession are a direct outcome from decisions I have made to live the gospel the best that I can and strive to become more like Jesus Christ through following his examples, the teachings of the scriptures and the living prophets, by obeying the commandments, and honoring the covenants I have made at baptism, in receiving the priesthood, and in the temple of the Lord.

How I live my faith

- Attend church with my family on Sundays - Pray regularly both individually and as a family - Study scriptures and listen to uplifting music - Serve others through Church responsibilities and other community opportunities - Teach, give talks, and give prayers in church meetings when invited to do so - Dedicate one night a week to spend time with family, have a gospel message, etc. which we refer to as "Family Home Evening" - Honor the Sabbath day which for us is Sunday by dedicating it to worshipful activities - Visit lds.org and mormonchannel.org frequently and enjoy watching mormon messages videos with my children - Attend the temple often and learn about my family history - Seek to do things in a Christ-like manner in leadership roles either at work or in the Church - Show respect and love for my wife and children

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Sam.
First, we should study and learn of him. The New Testament is full of wonderful accounts of his earthly ministry and the way in which he lived, taught, and blessed the lives of others. A study of the Bible helps me appreciate my Savior and his exemplary life. Likewise, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ that also teaches of his life and ministry and provides an account he made to the Americas following his crucifixion and resurrection. There in the Americas he taught similar lessons of how to live in righteousness and while there he also called 12 apostles to assist him in preaching the gospel and administering the ordinances. The best way to become more like Christ is to study his life and follow his teachings as found in holy scriptures as well as in the words of the prophets. We believe the Lord's Church is on the earth again today and led by a living prophet, apostles, etc. that were called and chosen to act in Christ's name as were prophets of old. Show more Show less