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Hi I'm Samantha

I am a skip-bo fanatic, wedding guru, brownie lover, and I am a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in the beautiful mountains of northeast Georgia. I come from a large, tight knit family. By my own choice I am serving an 18 month mission for my church. I have been called to live and serve in the California San Jose Mission. Prior to my mission I was a student at Brigham Young University Idaho where I studied Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing. I plan to one day work in the wedding industry, I absolutely love everything about weddings...the flowers, dresses, cakes, pictures, all the way down to the tablecloths. I grew up in a small town nestled in the mountains of northeast Georgia. I fill my free time taking pictures of everything and anything. I love the summer smells of fresh cut grass, hot pavement after a light summer shower and barbequing. I can't get enough of the sound of little kids laughing. I try to be outdoors whenever possible soaking up some sun shine! I am a way, sappy romantic girl, who is a sucker for guys with "old-fashion" manners, I fall for it every time. I am a hockey watching fanatic. I enjoy bowling even though I’m not any good. I love laughing till it hurts. Sappy/romantic movies make me cry. I try to do pilates every morning. I look forward to fall's cold, windy days and enjoy spending them in the kitchen whipping up fresh bread, cookies, soup and salads. I am blessed to have grown up living right next door to most of my extended family, they are my everything.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a Mormon. This is a conscious choice I made at 20 when I went through a number of experiences that had me questioning the state of my life. I made this decision based on the fact that I could not deny the truthfulness of the messages I had been taught all my life. Through my own journey and experiences I have found out for myself, asking through prayer and receiving my own testimony that these things are true. We are each sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father who is aware of the individual needs and desires of our hearts. Because God does love us, He has sent us modern day prophets. Thomas S. Monson is such a man. He has been called of God to lead and guide us today. Joseph Smith was also a true prophet of God in these modern times. Joseph Smith restored the true gospel upon this earth and translated the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ in these latter days. This book is evidence that the exact same organization Christ established while he was here on the earth is again on the earth today. Christ's church in these modern times is, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. Through his atoning sacrifice I will one day be able to return to live with my Father in Heaven again. I am a Mormon because I have experienced the happiness the teachings of this Church bring to me and my family and it is something I have come to realize I cannot live without.

How I live my faith

What an intriguing question ... I am blessed to have the gospel in my life. I live my faith by waking up every day and putting my trust in the Lord. Trusting that He knows my full potential and will do all He can to help me reach it. I live my faith by looking for opportunities to learn and grow, gain experiences that will allow me to become the person I desire to be. I live my faith by striving to be a true disciple of Christ, someone worthy of carrying his name. At this precise moment in time I live my faith by actually displaying his name next to mine every single day.. Over the next eighteen months I have the privilege of serving the Lord as a full time missionary in the California San Jose Mission. Each morning I put on my missionary tag and have the incredible opportunity of representing my family, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I proudly display all three names on my tag daily. I look forward to waking up each morning, going out and sharing with others the blessings and happiness I have experienced in my own life, as a result of knowing the gospel. I pray and have faith that others will accept the messages I have to share, so they too can experience the same blessings and happiness I posses.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Samantha
People often think we are completely motivated by adding one more member to our congregation; that we don't care about the person themselves. I've even been told several times we brain wash people into being baptized. None of these are accurate or true. There are several reasons we talk so much of baptism. One is Christ and other ancient prophets taught throughout the scriptures that we must be baptized by immersion. Christ himself was baptized in this manner to "fulfill all righteousness" as it tells us in Matthew 3:15. Not only do we discuss baptism for this reason but also because, in part, we truly understand that to reach our greater goal of returning to live with our Heavenly Father again, it is one of the necessary steps. There are many steps we take throughout our lives. First we must exhibit faith in Jesus Christ, which leads us to developing the desire to repent, baptism is the next decision we make. Baptism however is the first step in which we begin to make promises with God. This promise is also known as a covenant. In covenants we make promises with God and he in turn makes promises to us. Baptism is our first covenant with Heavenly Father. It is essential. Making covenants with God allows our Heavenly Father to pour out the blessings he is so eagerly waiting to hand to us. There are more covenants we make with God as we continue down our path to Him. This path ultimately leads us to a never ending happiness, and baptism is just one of those first steps. Show more Show less