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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a Father and an Airman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of four, two girls, a boy, and one on the way. I am an Airman in the United States Air Force. I am an Engineer and get to put satellites into space on Delta IV rockets. I am also a freelance translator and speak Mandarin Chinese and Polish. I like to run and rollerblade to stay in shape. I also enjoy drawing and other artistic endeavors.

Why I am a Mormon

 There are many reasons why I am a Mormon. When I was 14-years-old I wanted to know if the things my parents taught me were true because if they weren't, I wanted to know so I could go and do all the "fun" things I saw my friends doing. There were two moments that define my conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The first was when I was at a church meeting for men. The speaker, my seminary teacher, was giving a talk about the Prophet Joseph Smith. During this talk the Holy Ghost bore witness to me that Joseph Smith is a true witness of Jesus Christ and was called of God to be His prophet in these, the latter-days. The other moment was a year or two later when some of my friends were gaining testimonies of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I wanted the same amazing experience some of them had received because I didn't think that I had received a witness yet. I decided that I would pray and study everyday and fast every other day until I received an answer to my prayers about whether or not the Book of Mormon is from God. After several days, I knelt to pray after reading in the Book of Mormon. I earnestly and fervently prayed. I will never forget my answer. In a still small voice like that described by Elijah the Spirit of the Lord told me, "You have always known it is true." Ever since that day, I have known that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God, and that the Church that Jesus Christ commanded Joseph to create is his kingdom on earth. These three things are important only because they teach us who Jesus Christ is and what His gospel is in its fullness.

How I live my faith

The family is the central unit of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the central unit of society and heaven. The most important place I practice my faith is within the walls of my home. We gather together as a family every morning and night to kneel in prayer. Every night we before we pray we take turns reading scriptures. We alternate between the Book of Mormon, New Testament, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Once our children are older we'll add the Old Testament to the rotation. As we read, we talk about what the verses teach us about Jesus Christ, what certain words mean, and how we can live the gospel in our daily life. I also study the scriptures and words of modern-day prophets on a daily basis. I have a fairly long commute so I use that time to listen to audio recordings of scriptures or talks from modern-day prophets and apostles. As I go throughout my day I try to treat people the way that I want to be treated. I try to be an example of the believer. During my nightly personal prayers I think about what I did during the day and try to identify areas where I didn't measure up to what I know about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I ask for forgiveness, grace, and strength to do better the next day. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the measuring stick by which I live my life. The gospel influences almost everything I do from what I eat to what I watch or read. The gospel teaches me to be a better father and husband. The gospel is so dear to me and has made such a difference in my life. It answers so many of life's questions and brings such peace and happiness. That peace and happiness is why I want to share the gospel with friends and acquaintances. I want others to feel the joy and peace that comes with following the Savior, Jesus Christ.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Sam
Depending on where you live chances are pretty good that you pass a Mormon (a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) at some point during your week. The best thing to do is ask one of them. If you don't know any Latter-day Saints, the next best option is to go to one of our meetinghouses on a Sunday when we hold our worship services. The local telephone directory or lds.org can be used to locate the nearest meetinghouse. Visitors are always welcome and the members will gladly answer any questions you have. Attending one of our services will also allow you to hear about some of our beliefs and provide an opportunity to feel the Spirit of God. Another very good option is to ask the church to send missionaries to your home to talk to you. You can fill out a form here: https://mormonorg.lds.org/missionaries or call 1-888-537-6600. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Sam
The Book of Mormon is the word of God as told to the ancient inhabitants of the American Continent. It testifies of the reality of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the Bible. It contains the records of three disparate groups who all started in the old world and were led to the new world by the Lord. The first group chronologically came from the Tower of Babel, crossed the oceans, and established a civilization which was destroyed by the time the other two groups arrived. These other two groups left Jerusalem around 600 b.c., crossed the ocean separately, established civilizations and joined together. God continued to call prophets among these peoples and commanded them to keep records. Around 400 a.d. a prophet named Mormon was commanded to abridge all of these records into one book. That is why it is called the Book of Mormon. The prophets who wrote in the Book of Mormon all testified of Jesus Christ and taught His gospel to their people. They taught their people what God expected of them and how to become better and return to live with God. The truths taught in the Book of Mormon clarify many of Christianity's contentious doctrines like baptizing children, the role of grace and works, and the reality of Jesus Christ's resurrection. Indeed the highlight of the Book of Mormon is when Jesus Christ appeared to the Ancient Americans and personally taught His gospel. Through the Holy Ghost I have come to know the Book of Mormon and Bible are true and so can you. Show more Show less