Hi I'm Sam
I am the youngest of 4 kids in my family. I grew up seeing the good examples of my parents and siblings. I really look up to them for their advice and council. I was active in sports and clubs during high school and I love to stay busy. I served a mission for the Church in Alaska. Interestingly enough, I was called, or assigned, to teach the gospel in Spanish. I relied greatly on the help of the Lord so that I could speak Spanish. I love to serve others because true happiness comes from serving others, just at the Savior served others. I am attending Brigham Young University, studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Business Management. I love to play golf, go bowling, run, exercise, swim and enjoy the environment around me.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in the church and always felt good about the things that were taught. I am a Mormon because I believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and Redeemer. God also called prophets to teach us and to help us know how the follow the Savior. Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet in our day and Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet today. I agree with this doctrine. I know I am not perfect but I know that I need to give my best efforts to follow the Savior. I know that God wants each and every one of us to make good decisions and to repent when we make not so good decisions. When I was in high school, I learned a great lesson from the Book of Mormon that has changed me since. I remember reading through Mosiah chapter 18 about baptism. Alma's words about the covenant, or the promise, we make at baptism is special and sacred between us and God. I determined that I would want to live up to the promises I made at baptism. The following day at school, we learned that a classmate had died in an accident over the weekend. We were all saddened by this news. I felt peace by knowing that our spirits live after death. I wanted to help and to comfort my friends and fellow classmates, but I didn't really know what to do. The thought came that I needed to "be willing to bear one another's burdens...and...mourn with those that mourn...and comfort those that stand in need of comfort..." As I reached out to my friends, they were eventually comforted. We all could feel peace and we could continue on with life. I can't recall every instance that God has reached out to me but I know that He is there and He loves us.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has helped me by comforting me, just as taught in John chapter 14 verse 26 in the New Testament. During my freshman year of college, I felt very overwhelmed. I had thoughts of stopping and just taking a break and trying school later. I remember praying specifically for help. I wanted to keep going with school but I didn't know how to bear all the feeligns inside. I felt peace enter into my heart and I know that came from Heavenly Father through and by the power of the Holy Ghost. There have been many times when I have had an idea come to my mind, or I was able to remember something that seemed lost for a moment because the Holy Ghost helped me.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
For me, I went on a mission becuase I caught a glimps of how the Gospel blessed me and my family. I wanted to share that with others and help others find that same peace and happiness for themselves and their families. I know that only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can save us and I wanted to share that message with God's children.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The teachings of Jesus Christ have been a guiding influence in my life. Simple doctrines, such as "love one another" or "ask and ye shall receive" have helped me know how I should act in my life. When a time comes in my life that I don't know what to do, I can ponder and ask Heavenly Father for direction. Sure enough, by the influence of the Holy Ghost, I will be reminded of something that Jesus taught. I believe that the teachings of Jesus Christ are not limited to His spoken words, as recorded in the Bible. I believe that His teachings can be found in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price and from the mouth of modern day prophets. It's a wonderful blessing that there is much access to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer, for me, is the best kind of personal navigation system available. Prayer has been a great influence for me in my life as I have decided on what major to pursue on college or as I think of what to do on a day-to-day basis. I admit that I haven't always been perfect at praying and relying on Heavenly Father's help. But, when I have prayed, I have found that Heavenly Father wants to help us in our lives. At the beginning of the day, I try to ponder and pray about the day ahead of me. Through the day, I try to take time and reflect on the things that I talked about with Heavenly Father in the morning. Doing this helps me remember things that I wanted to do or I'll even receive some guidance to do something that I hadn't planned on. At the end of the day, that's a perfect time for me to reflect and to remember what God did for me that day to help me accomplish the things that I felt that I needed to get done. It's humbling also, when I take the right time to pray, to realize that He was able to guide me to do something or to say something that was able to help another person. Prayer helps me know how I can be of service to God and my fellow men.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by serving others. I feel good when I serve others and I know God designed it to be that way. As I attend church, I do my best to be ready and willing to help out in any way possible. When I don’t have a specific job or responsibility to do while attending church, I try to reach out to others. I've found that many people need someone to help lift them up. I try to keep myself ready to help another. I also do my best to read the scriptures and strengthen my testimony, or my personal conviction, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. I like to listen to books on CD or talks on CD so that I can hear and learn from the testimony of others. The Ensign magazine, published by the Church, is also a great resource to strengthening my testimony that the gospel has blessed many others and it can help me too. I have the Mormon Channel app on my phone and I enjoy listening to that during the day. Putting time aside for reading the scriptures and having meaningful prayer has the power to chance the course of my day. Life just seems a little bit easier to navigate when I've been in the time to read from the scriptures, even if it for a little bit of time.