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Hi I'm Samantha

I'm a university student, a roller coaster enthusiast, a fundraiser, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I study political science and secondary education, and work at my university's call center, encouraging alumni to give back and support current students. All that requires a huge amount of time. Still, I try to squeeze slightly more adventurous activities into my life, like baking, movie-watching, and intense board games with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was four years old, my mom received a Book of Mormon in the mail. Incredibly busy with her new family, she barely opened it. Luckily, the Latter-Day Saint missionaries knocked on my family's door soon thereafter! The rest is a Happily Ever After story that continues to this day. My parents joined the Church, and so did I and my four siblings when we got old enough. The gospel has blessed my family so much. We know that we can be together forever through temple ordinances and righteousness. Growing up reading the scriptures and praying about what they say solidified my testimony. I believe in a loving Heavenly Father who watches over us. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and give us the opportunity to be saved.

How I live my faith

As a young adult, I attend a scripture study class with other Latter-day Saints on my university campus each week. A friend and I "visit teach" other women in our congregation: we visit them monthly, discuss a gospel principle, and just make sure that they are doing okay. If life is handing them lemons, we try to help them make lemonade any way we can. I also like to read the scriptures every day; Matthew chapters 5-7, Luke chapters 1-3, and Mosiah chapters 3-5 are some of my favorite passages.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward or branch is a congregation of Latter Day Saints who leave near each other. A group of these - usually around ten - make up a 'stake.' Congregations within a stake occasionally meet together for fun activities; sometimes to put on musical productions, share ideas in a festival about food storage, to perform a community service, or other things! Show more Show less