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Hi I'm Samantha

I love to climb through canyons. I believe laughter is the best medicine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the south. I never lived in very small towns there, but they had the small town feel and consequently I love being away from the city in the country. I moved to Arizona for college and I fell in love with it! I love hiking, camping, shooting, cooking, reading, dancing, painting and so much more. I find it hard to slow down because there is so much to do in this life! I love being with people and learning their stories. I relish time spent with my family, and make them a big part of my schedule each week. I'm single, but I want a family some day and am loving being an auntie right now. I come from a small family, I have one brother and one sister, but I love them so much! My parents are two of my best friends, I talk to them almost daily.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents got baptized 7 years after they were married, right before my mom had my brother who is the oldest. They raised us in the church and I'm so grateful that from a young age I was taught the principles of the gospel. The house rule was that we follow the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as long as we lived there, but it was our choice whether or not we believed and wanted to be active after we left home. All the children gained their own testimonies and my brother and my sister are both sealed in the temple to wonderful people. I'm a Mormon because I followed the principles taught and found them to be true. As I have read the scriptures and prayed I have come to know my Heavenly Father and Savior better and have learned of Their love for me. I know that I am a daughter of God, and that He loves me so much that He created a plan for me to come to earth, gain a body, and have experiences that will help me grow to become more like Him and then be able to return to live with Him and with my family forever if I keep His commandments and make and keep covenants with Him. I am a Mormon because I believe that this church teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and has the authority, give from God, to administer in the ordinances thereof. It gives me answers to where I am from, understanding to why I am here, and hope for where I am going. I know that Jesus Christ Atoned for my sins, and for your sins, and for the sins of everyone who ever lived, now lives, or will live. He did this because He loves us with a love beyond my full comprehension. He did this because His Father asked it of Him, not only that all of us can be forgiven of our sins but that He could succor us. So that any pain I have felt emotionally, physically, or spiritually that has been inflicted by myself or anyone else can be comforted by the Savior and ultimately be completely healed so that I can be whole. I believe that I can live with my family forever, and that brings me more joy then I can express. I do not know the answers to everything, but I know enough to know that this is indeed the restored gospel of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to start each morning with a meaningful prayer to my Heavenly Father to build my relationship with Him. I make scripture study a daily habit to help me learn more of my Savior and how I can be like Him. The temple is a meaningful place of worship to me and I go every week; it is one of the biggest joys of my week. I have studied extensively how to do family history and enjoy doing my own and helping others search out their roots. I am a visiting teacher, and find a lot of joy in getting to know women in my congregation on a deeper level as I visit them in their homes to get to know more about their lives, share a gospel message, and offer assistance with any need they might have that I could fill. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I try my best to live my life as a disciple of Christ.

What is being a Mormon like?

It is simply wonderful! Being a member of the church is rejuvenating as I go to church each week and am taught about principles of the gospel and encouraged to participate in that learning process. I have the opportunity to partake of the sacrament weekly and re-new my covenants with God. It gives me the opportunity to serve others. I get to listen to the voice of a living prophet and apostles, and hear through them the words that Heavenly Father would have us know in THIS day and age. Wherever I go in the world I can always find a congregation that teaches the very same thing and where I am accepted and loved. Show more Show less