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Hi I'm Sam

I work at a luau. I have 4 coconut trees in my yard. I live next to a cemetery.

About Me

I'm the eldest of 5, born and raised in Laie, HI. I graduated from college with a degree in Geography-Global Studies. I love traveling because I can observe and learn about other cultures. And I speak Tagalog because of a mission I served in Manila.

Why I am a Mormon

I enjoy being a Mormon because it gives me an eternal perspective on life and helps me to endure well the challenges and trials of life. Being a member Jesus' church helps me to have faith in the unexpected and unknowing events, allowing me to know that everything will be all right-even if I don't understand the how or when details of it. Also, I love being a Mormon because I find myself thinking for myself and NOT letting the world and media tell me the decisions I need to make or the lifestyle I should be living just because, "everyone else is doing it", or because celebrities are too.

How I live my faith

I attend church each Sunday on top of my meetings and help to take care of the brethren at my church, and help them to take care of our congregation through monthly visits to everyone-it's challenging but rewarding at the same time. We have sports/game days, dances, service projects, etc each week-3x for different events. Thank goodness I have 2 counselors who share the load with me. I don't get everything done but I try.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

There's nothing secret that goes on in temples-just sacred. We basically do marriages, called sealings, for time and all eternity also, ordinances for family that have died and didn't get them done while they were alive, and make covenants with God that we promise to keep in serving others while keeping ourselves worthy of His blessings. Similar things are done as was done in the temple that Moses had with the Israelites, as well as in Solomon's time and temple, and during Christ's time in Jerusalem. Only some Mormons can enter because there are certain qualifications you have to meet. Just like qualifications that have to be met in order to be baptized into our church, higher standards need to be met in order to enter the temple. The same goes for people who enter baptism and make that promise with God, if they don't keep it they will eventually have to pay the consequences, which only God knows, and so it's even greater consequences if people enter the temple, make covenants, and don't keep those as well.  Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are so important because they should be the source of nurturing and positive upbringing that will create a peaceful society/world. Families have always been important to Mormons even over a hundred years ago when the typical family unit was stronger. Nowadays with the outside influence of the world through its media frenzy people are looking to the outside for comfort and peace when it should be found in the family and home. Show more Show less