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Hi I'm Sam

I grew up in an Air Force family. I'm a Data Analyst and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a sophomore in college pursuing degrees in Information Systems and Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic. I love to be outside! I spend my summers hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, camping and shooting. I grew up all over the place; from Guam to Turkey. I'm the third oldest of twelve kids and we are all pretty much best friends. I served a mission in Calgary, Alberta Canada and loved it.

Why I am a Mormon

Yeah, both of my parents are Mormons and that helped but is certainly not the deciding factor. I love all religions and have very good friends from across the religious spectrum. These friends have always been willing to teach me about there beliefs and ways of life, all of which I found very interesting and most all of which even uplifting and enlightening. I chose to be a Mormon though because I know that, as He did in ancient times, God has sent living prophets to the earth today. These prophets were called as were Moses, Paul and Isaiah, by the Lord Himself. Joseph Smith received this call early on in the 1800's and since Joseph the world has been blessed once again by an unbroken chain of living oracles, personal servants of the Savior Jesus Christ. I know that these men are prophets for various reasons; the things that I see them do, the Holy Spirit that I have felt almost overwhelmingly when I have seen them in person and most of all, because I know God and I have asked Him about them in prayer and He has answered me and promised me that they are true, living prophets.

How I live my faith

I love to help others. Sometimes it is the simple helping a stranger load some cinder blocks into the back of their van as I am on my way into the Home Depot, sometimes it's stopping to help that person on the side of the road fix their fence, change a tire or jump start their car. I look out for my friends, neighbors and everyone else. Whatever trials they might have I strive to always be willing to lend a helping hand.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

As Mormons we have been commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ through living prophets to "Be Prepared". This does not mean to be a radical and live an exclusive life style. It means to "Be Prepared". In the world in which we live there seem to be innumerable possibilities, many of these possibilities include natural, civil and spiritual disasters. I find great satisfaction in my life knowing that I am financially independent. I find great security in life knowing that no matter what happens I will be able to help myself, my family, my friends, my neighbors and total strangers during times of great need or disaster. This satisfaction and security comes through avoiding unnecessary debt, keeping a few months of food stored away and building up a library of skills, all of which may be used in times of need to provide for myself and help those around me. Show more Show less