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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a musician. I write songs for and about Christ. He is my Savior. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a little over a year ago. Now I am at the university studying music education. Before I served as a missionary, I graduated valedictorian from my high school. I then went to college for a year before serving as a full time missionary. When I finish my mission, I plan to go back to school, and study music. I have been a pianist for many years now, and have decided to study voice and choral education. My passion is in music. My goal is to create music and music programs that lift, inspire, and bring people closer to God and Christ. I look forward to having a family of my own. I will be married in the temple for time and all eternity to my spouse, and we will have children who are sealed to us forever. I love pasta, and ice cream – vanilla is where it is at! My family and I are all health nuts… all natural! I grew up water skiing, and hiking, and camping. I love being with my family, and doing just about anything with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church. I knew from an early age that Jesus Christ was my savior, and that I needed to rely on him. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I realized that I needed to have my own testimony that the Church my parents raised me in is true. The Book of Mormon is the evidence that God has given his children of that truth. It proves to us that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the Lord, and that through him God gave his children more scripture and restored his church and kingdom on the earth again. I decided to read and find out for myself if the Book of Mormon is true. I read the Book, and then knelt in prayer to ask my Heavenly Father if it is true. It is! From there, the rest was easy. I know because the book of Mormon is true, that we have modern Prophets who speak with God, and reveal his will for us. I know that modern prophets have once again revealed the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their original and correct form. I know that, through the prophet Joseph Smith, priesthood authority has been restored to the earth. I know that Jesus Christ is once again at the head of a church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is his work, and his will, and his Kingdom on Earth!

How I live my faith

After serving my mission, I have been called to serve in a ward (or congregational family) to teach sunday school and other classes, and also to help fill the musical needs of the church. I serve as a Home Teacher (which means I will be invited to visit several families in the church each month to check on them.) I donate tithing to the Lord each month. I give ten percent of my income to the Lord to help him build up his kingdom, and share the gospel with others. I attend church each week, and partake of the bread and the water, which renews the covenants that I made at baptism, and cleanses my sins again. I read my scriptures each day, and pray to my Heavenly Father for help, strength, and guidance as I seek to do his will. In all things, I try to say, "Thy will be done."

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Sam
 It is important for a man to have the Priesthood, or authority to act in the name of Christ because it is Christ to can cleanse us from our sins. Baptism is part of the process that Christ has established for us to be cleansed from sin. The person who baptizes you needs to be able to act for, or in the name of, Christ. It is not the pastor or bishop, or even the prophet who takes away our sins but it is Christ! Unless the ordinance is performed by someone who Christ has authorized, and who has been given the proper priesthood authority by the laying on of hands, it is not a baptism done in the name of Christ. Just like the disciples in Acts 19, we can be baptized unto 'Johns' baptism by anyone. But in order to be baptized with the Baptism of repentance and faith in Christ, it must be done by someone who can act in the name of Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Sam
The Book of Mormon is another book of scripture. It is a record of the Prophets and people in America before, and shortly after the time of Christ's earthly ministry. It is a second witness to the world that Jesus is the Christ, that he is the God of the whole earth, and that he gives his gospel to all people who will accept it. The Book of Mormon is also our most powerful physical evidence that the Church of Jesus Christ was indeed restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I believe that unless a man is call of god, and is his prophet, he cannot write scripture. Those who read the Book of Mormon can know for themselves if the Book of Mormon is scripture by reading it, pondering it, and then praying about it.   Show more Show less

What is faith?

Sam
Faith is when we hope for things that we can't see, but believe are true. I can't see my Savior, but I know that he is real, and that he loves me. But, unlike hope, faith is intended to be a verb. James taught that "faith with out works is dead". Our Heavenly Father and the Savior expect us to exercise our faith, by doing the things that we have been commanded to do. He also wants us to exercise our faith by reading and studying from the Book of Mormon, and seeking a testimony of our own that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith was indeed called as a prophet to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Faith often requires us to take a step or two into the dark but as we exercise our faith, the Lord comes and lights our way, and shows us where to step if we rely on him.  Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Sam
Priesthood is the authority to act in the Name of Jesus Christ. Priesthood is what Jesus gave to his disciples when he gave them power to cast out devils, and perform miracles. Priesthood, or the authority to act in the name of Christ, is essential for ordinances like baptism, and the giving of the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Without priesthood, those ordinances, and others like them cannot be performed properly. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Sam
The Law of Chastity is the Lords law regarding sexual relationships. The Lord has told us in modern scripture that the worst sin is to take someone’s life. The next worst is to misuse the marvelous ability to create life. Our Heavenly Father wishes us to guard those two powers most carefully. He has commanded that we only use the powers of procreation inside the bonds of legal marriage. As part of our Gods plan for us, he wishes that all of his children be born into families that have both a father and a mother in the home. We are to avoid pornography in any form. We are to not to participate in homosexual relationships. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Sam
Yes! Mormons are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ. He is our Savior. He is the center of the gospel that we teach, and by which we abide. The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Christ is our main message. It is Christ who leads our church through a modern prophet. It is Christ who appeared to Joseph Smith in the sacred grove to open another dispensation. We pray to the Father in the name of Christ. We can only be forgiven of our sins because of Christ. It is only through him that we can come back to the Father. Jesus Christ is our God, and the God of the whole earth. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Sam
 The only way that anyone can know that our message is true is to ask your Heavenly Father. An easy way for you to gain a testimony is to read from the Book of Mormon. The book of Mormon is another book of scripture that we have because of the Prophet Joseph Smith. If the Book of Mormon is true, you can be confident that Joseph Smith really is a Prophet called by God because scripture can only come through prophets.  Read it. Pray, and ask God if it is true. Listen for the answer... it will come. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Sam
 When a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints says "atonement", they are talking about the suffering that Christ did for us in the Garden of Gethsemane, and on the cross. It is the "great and last sacrifice" that was to end the sacrifice of animals and fulfill the Law of Moses. This sacrifice was necessary part of our Heavenly Fathers plan. When God sent us down to earth, he knew that we would not be able tp live a life completely free from sin and mistakes. "For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God." God has also declared "no unclean thing can inhearit the kingdom of God." Because the punishment for sin is living out of the presence of God, we cannot pay the price for our own sins, and still live with God in the eternities. We therefore, needed a mediator a person who could settle our debt with God pry the price of sin and allow us to be cleansed, and make necessary changes in our life so that we wont continue to make that mistake again. The process that our savior gives us to help us do this is called the Gospel or Doctrine of Christ Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Repentance... Baptism by immersion... Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost... and Enduring to the End. Without the savior and his gospel, there would he np hope for us to return to our Father in Heaven.  Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Sam
We are all children of God right?! He loves us all equally. He has promised us through his prophets that he will give all his children an opportunity to have all the blessings that he has ever offered, or will ever offer. Lords invitation "Come unto me" has ever been an invitation extended to any and all who will come and believe on his name, and follow his commandments. The Lord is no respecter of persons. Therefore, we invite all men everywhere to come and join us in the ranks of the Lords church on the earth today. All he asks is that we promise to follow him and his servants, and come and be baptized. Through out history, the lord has always had rules about who can have the priesthood, and how it can be used. For many years, only the tribe of Levi heald the priesthood among the twelve tribes of Isreal. Today, the requierments for the priesthood have nothing to do with your lineage or race. The Lord will share priesthood authority with any worthy man who will quailfy for it. Women do not hold priesthood authority themselves, but have access to its power through their husbands and other Brethren in the church. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Sam
YES!!! I know that we have a living prophet. He is a man called of God to lead the people and his church. He has always called prophets to lead his church, and direct his people. God loves us as much as he loved his children who lived two thousand years ago. He never changes. I believe that because of these truths, God will always send a prophet to guide his people for as long as they will listen. But beyond logic, I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Lord has a Prophet on the Earth today. He has the same power and authority that allowed Moses to split the Red Sea and lead the children of Isreal to the Promised Land. I have prayed and asked my Heavenly Father. I have tested the council of the prophets I have the assurances of the Holy Ghost and proof from my own experience that we have a Prophet today! Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Sam
Testimony, as defined by a member of the church, normally referrs to a persons own witness of the truth of the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This testimony comes to us as we study, and pray, share what we believe and listen to others testify of what they know. As we do these things, the Holy Ghost testifies to us that what we have heard, read or shared is true. A testimony is at the heart of our convestion to the restored gospel, and the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. It is our testimony that keeps us strong when we face adversity, or when others question our belief or membership in the church. We are confident we are doing what God would have us do because we have studied, and asked him for ourselves. He answers! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Sam
We believe that the gospel, and service in the work of the Master, ought to be just that, Service! We learn in Timothy that those who are called to the service of the Lord, are not to seek what Paul calls 'filthy lucre'. 1 Tim 33 The book of mormon defines those who set up churches and minister the gospel for money as practicing priestcraft. Mosiah 1824 teaches that "he also commanded them that the priests whom he had ordained should labor with their own hands for their support." The Lord asked no money for his miracles. Peter told Simon that his money would "perish with him" because he thought that miracles and the authority to perform them could be bought with money. It is clear that the Lord's church was not intended to be a business venture. 'He that is greatest among you, let him be your servant...' Show more Show less

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

Sam
Go to the mormon.org home page, and look at the top. There is a link that says "Missionary Request" at the very top. Or hover with the cursor over the "Visit Us" link, also on the home page. A menu will drop down, and then select "Meet with Missionaries. Clicking either of these will open a webpage explaining what to expect if you request missionaries to visit you, and a place to put contact information. Missionaries should contact you soon after you submit contact information. For US and Canada, you can also call 1-888-537-6600. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Sam
Millions of people round the world are being invited to read the Book of Mormon and pray to Heavenly Father to ask him if it is true. He is answering their prayers, and has answered mine. God is speaking to all his children who ask, and telling them that it is true, and that they need to join it if they want to be happy and at peace. That's why it is growing so fast! We know for ourselves I know for myself. You can know for yourself... just read the Book of Mormon, and ask God. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Sam
The Lord said through Paul, "your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s." 1 Cor 619-20 Alone, we could not pay for our sins, or rise from the grave. Because Christ has paid this price, we are, as Paul says "not our own", but Christ's. He paid such a terrible price for us. We are very important to him. He has revealed through his prophets that he would have us protect our bodies, both inside and out. He gave us a "word of wisdom" which told us what things were good to eat. He also told us those things which would harm us by using them. Sometimes the harm we receive by using tobacco, or drinking alcohol, tea or coffee, isn't measureable or even visible. But when we disobey God, we distance ourselves from him, and make it harder and harder to feel the Holy Ghost. Disobedience also causes other spiritual wounds - shame, guilt, and regret. These spiritual wounds are as bad, or worse than those that we can see and feel physically. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Sam
At the head of the Lords church anciently, there were prophets and apostles. Today, Christ has set up his church on the earth again. He has again called apostles and prophets to lead the church by revelation. Today, the Lord has called Thomas S. Monson to be a prophet, and the president of the church. When he passes away, another prophet will be called to preside as President of the Church. Behind him, the President of the church has two councilors, who have been called by Jesus Christ, and who are apostles. To support them, and help strengthen the church, the Lord has again called twelve Apostles. All fifteen of these brethren are Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. Each has been called by Jesus Christ to serve and lead His Church. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Sam
Yes! The family is ordained of God, and your Heavenly Father wants you and your spouse to be together forever, and not just till death. He also wants all of our families to be together forever: brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, everyone! To do this, Heavenly Father has given his people special power or authority called priesthood. By the authority of the Priesthood, families can be sealed together forever in temples. Families that are sealed together have the Lords promise that if they are faithful to him, and keep his commandments, they will be a family forever in his Kingdom. All people who accept the gospel of Jesus Christ and are baptized by the priesthood authority have the opportunity to go to the temple with their family to be sealed for time and for eternity. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Sam
The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets in the Americas. Their teachings and testimony of the Gospel, the Savior, and the commandments parallel that of the prophets in the old world, like Moses, or the Apostle Paul. The Book was given to Joseph Smith on metal plates, or thin sheets of metal with engravings on them. By the power of God, Joseph was able to translate them into English from the dead language they had been written in. Together with the Bible, the Book of Mormon testifies and teaches of Christ and his gospel and commandments. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Sam
The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit, and one of the three members of the Godhead. He works in perfect unity with the Father and the Son. He is the 'Comforter' spoken of by the Savior in John 14:18 & 26. He is also the Spirit of Truth spoken of in John 16:13, and he will guide the honest seeker to all truth. He can effect or influence all of Gods children regardless of place or time. The Holy Ghost can be felt by anyone who is worthy of his influence at any time. However, after one has been baptized by priesthood authority, thus receiving the birth of water (John 3:5), he can then be "[born] of the Spirit." This is also called, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38.) As explained in Acts 8:17-18, the Gift of the Holy Ghost can only be given to a person by the "laying on of hands". This is the promise that as long as one remains worthy of His companionship (by keeping the commandments) the Holy Ghost will always be with him or her to guide, protect, teach and comfort. I testify that this gift is real and available to all who will qualify for it. Repent; be baptized by priesthood authority; then you will receive this great gift. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Sam
The prophet president of the Church is chosen the same way that the prophet president of the church was chosen anciently: When the Savior called his apostles from the disciples, He went and spent all night in prayer to His Heavenly Father seeking guidance and setting the example for His apostles. (Luke 6:12-13) Following the death of the Savior and the loss of one of the apostles, (Judas Iscariot) there was only eleven apostles. The apostles gathered and prayed for guidance, just as the Savior had done when He needed to call new apostles. In response to their prayer, they were guided to call Mathias as the newest apostle. (Acts 1:23-26) Peter was the first apostle called by Christ, and was therefore the senior apostle, and the president of the Church. In this way the Savior taught his disciples that the apostles were meant to continue on as the leaders of the true church of Jesus Christ. With out living apostles and prophets guiding the church, it cannot be Jesus Christ's church. (Eph 4:11-12) Today this same pattern is followed. When there is a vacancy in the quorum of the apostles, they gather and pray to seek the Lord direction and decision about whom should be called to fill the vacancy and serve as an Apostle of the Lord. The senior Apostle (the man who has been an apostle longest) serves as the Prophet and President of the Church. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Sam
The Church of Jesus Christ is an international organization, and everywhere you go, you can find congretations of church members. Each of these congregations is called a ward (or for small congregations, Branch.) The ward is like a church family that works together to help lift and inspire, serve and sacrifice, love and bless each other as we try and follow the example of the Savior. Each ward is presided over by a Bishop, or Branch President. In each ward, the Bishop serves for several years leading the congregation with no pay. He also invites others of the congregation to help him lead the ward, and serve their fellow brothers and sisters. Several wards make up what are called Stakes. Each stake has a Stake President. The Bishop or Branch Presidents of each of the Wards in the Stake President's stake report to him. The Stake President, in turn, reports to upper levels of church leadership. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Sam
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, don't worship Joseph Smith any more than the children of Isreal worshiped Moses. We worship God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Prophets are only men whom God calls and authorizes to lead His people and His church on the earth, to heal the sick, to baptize and give the gift of the Holy Ghost, etc. In short, prophets are called and given power to do the things that God and Christ would do if they were here. This power is called the Priesthood. Joseph Smith was called by God and Christ to be a prophet in these last days. He was given priesthood power by Peter, James, and John who came down from heaven to give him this power. We look to Joseph as the children of Isreal looked to Moses; they were spokesmen for God on earth to guide men and help redirect us to look to God and follow his commandments. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Sam
Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proselyte because we know that we have a special commission from the Lord to go and share the good news of the Gospel with all the ends of the earth. We talk with everyone. We teach anyone who will listen. We love the Lord and testify that He lives. Because of the restoration of the gospel that took place through the prophet Joseph Smith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church on earth that has the fullness of the Gospel as taught by Christ anciently. Furthermore, it is the only church that has priesthood authority from God, and is lead by Christ Himself through living prophets and apostles. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Sam
God is the father of your spirit. You and I lived with Him before we came here to earth. In His presence there in no sin or evil of any kind. Because He desired us to be more like him, and we chose to follow him, He provided a place for us to learn about good and evil by experience, which would require us to leave his presence for a time. Because we are in a place where good and evil can and do exist side by side, Heavenly Father knew that we would inevitably make mistakes and sin. In this condition we would not be able to return to the presence of God. Alone we could not both pay the price of our mistakes and live with God again. We needed a Savior; someone who would come to earth and live a perfect life. Because of Christ's perfect life he did not need to suffer the consequences of sin for Himself. He then offered himself as a sacrifice for us. He serves as our intermediary with God, and cleanses us of the effects of our sins when we follow hims teachings and learn to obey his commandments. Show more Show less