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Hi I'm Sam

I am a Quality Manager for a medical device company. I grew up on a dairy farm and now live next door. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married father of five and became a grandpa in 2009! I like to fix cars, go camping, play racquetball, and spend time with my family. I am the oldest of 6 children. I grew up on our family dairy farm and love to work outdoors, though I have a good job as a Quality Manager at a medical device manufacturing company. After graduating from high school I spent a year at college, during which my family sold the entire herd of dairy cows, so my original plans to follow in my father's footsteps changed to consider other options. I served a mission for our church in Southern California among some of the nicest people I had ever met. Less than 10 months after my mission I married my best friend. We have lived with our five children in NY and Texas, then NY again since 1999. We try to go on one or two family camp-outs each year. I completed my Bachelors degree in 2013 by attending college online. It was challenging to keep up with a college course with all the other things that were happening, but I enjoy learning. My time is split between my work responsibilities, 20 hours a week on my church responsibilities, date night most every Friday night as a couple, and some time for sleep.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were introduced to the church when I was in elementary school. On a day that we will never forget, my 3 year old brother David was killed in a farm accident. This led to a period of grief and questions for my parents. During that time, friends referred them to the missionaries from the church. The missionaries were able to share the message of the plan of happiness, also known as the plan of salvation. The plan includes our life as spirit children of our Heavenly Father before we came to earth, our earth life, our death, resurrection, and judgement. We learned that children that have not reached the age of 8 are not accountable for their sins, so the fact that David had not been baptized before he died was not the end of the world. We learned that families can be together forever. My parents decision to join the church through baptism led to my baptism when I became 8 years old. Since then, I have had the chance to study the scriptures, attend seminary, and pray to know that the church is true. It is obvious to me that our Heavenly Father loves all of his children. I know that there is a prophet on the earth today, who receives revelation for the world in the same way as the prophets of the Bible and Book of Mormon. I know that Joseph Smith was also a prophet, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. He is the only way that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to teach seminary to the 14-18 year olds in our area for nearly ten years. We studied the scriptures together and learned many things. I have been a Sunday School teacher, a Boy Scout leader, a merit badge counselor, and a teacher of the 12 year old Primary class. As a home teacher, I have been assigned 4 families that I get to visit each month. I get to help with the things they need and teach a short lesson in their home. I have had responsibilities in the church that include the calling of bishop on two occasions, which was my responsibility until 2013. I have officiated at over 8 funerals and 8 weddings, but my favorite part of my church responsibilities includes the time I spend with the people under 18 years old. I get to work with capable leaders in our church. They are committed to the gospel and committed to serving our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am honored to serve with them.