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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a California kid. I'm a married man. I love math, music, movies, and cars. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Sam. I have been born and raised in northern California. I am currently married, living in Provo, Utah as a student at BYU and working at the Missionary Training Center. I have grown up an only child, but that's only because my older brother was born with muscular dystrophy so he passed away when we were both still pretty young. I've always been pretty average. I have a knack for math and am currently studying to be a high school math teacher. I also love music; listening to it and making it. I've played the alto saxophone for about 10 years now. Along the way I've also had some experience with the other saxophones, percussion, piano, and guitar. Oh, and I love to sing too. Cars have always been something I love. I think I get it from my dad; he's a bit of a grease monkey. I did a year of community college in my home town, and this is when I met the amazing girl who would someday be my wife, though I didn't know it at the time. I then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Kentucky/Southern Indiana area. Upon returning, I tracked down Marissa, we dated, and were later happily married on May 11th, 2013 in the LDS temple located in Sacramento, CA. She means everything to me and I'm so grateful for the opportunity that our membership in this church has given us to know that we, along with our future children, will be together as a family forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I do have to admit that both my parents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but from an early age I could tell the difference it made between my family and my friends' families who weren't so lucky. My dad is a convert and he has been a solid part of my testimony. My mom has always been a great example to me by her faithfulness and silent devotion to living the gospel. Obviously, I haven't always been perfect, and at times thought the grass might be greener on the other side. I've tested the waters, but fortunately the Lord had other plans for me and he put certain influences in my life to get me back on track, and where I am today. At a moment of uncertainty and distress, I knelt down in sincere prayer for the first time in a while, to ask what He was trying to tell me, and I will never be able to deny the ton of bricks that hit me at that very moment. I knew that I needed to make the standards of this church the standards for my life. It took some change and sacrifice, but I have never been happier in all my life than I am at this moment. I have never had a decision be reaffirmed as being the right one so much. Since that turning point, I have greater studied and prayed about the Book of Mormon and other doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and every time I feel the testimony of the Holy Ghost deep within my heart. In fact, few things invite that feeling into my life as much and as often as when I hear the account of Joseph Smith's first encounter with God the father and Jesus Christ. Now, knowing that there really is a prophet of God on the earth today, and that the same power and authority given to the ancient prophets and apostles such as Peter, to baptize and bond families together for all eternity, is also on the earth, why wouldn't I want to be apart of that?! More guidance, more hope, and more promised blessings both in this life and in the life to come are in store because of this. I know it is true!

How I live my faith

I recently finished my time as a full-time missionary. As a full-time missionary I had the amazing opportunity to study the scriptures for a couple hours each morning, then for the next almost 12 hours be out and about searching for humble seekers of truth, those of God's children whom he has prepared to accept the fullness of Christ's gospel at this time. Then I would teach them about it, and invite them to study it and ask God for themselves if it is true. Once they come to this knowledge, and have made the changes in their lives that the Lord expects of them, I got to witness them make sacred promises with God by being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and then see the gospel truly begin to bless their lives. It was the best experience of my life. Before becoming a full-time missionary, from ages 12 to 18 I served off and on as a leader of the boys in the congregation who were my same age. I was also a Boy Scout and was able to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, which included much time spent serving in the community. Then I was also given the opportunity to teach kids ages 5-8. Now I am simply a "home teacher", meaning another member of the congregation and I are assigned a few other families from the congregation to visit regularly and attend to any needs they may have. It has been a lot of fun and I have learned so much from my experiences.