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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church since 1978 when I was a student at ASU. I am married with a blended family of nine. Three girls of my own and six beautiful children from my wife. My life in the church has been an amazing journey, not the typical Mormon trip, but a wonderful one all the same. I was teacher and swimming coach for 24 years after swimming myself for the Sun Devils of ASU. I had much success as an athlete and as a coach, but my greatest success is having a family and the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. The peace that surrounds my life by knowing that I am a child of God is the greatest blessing in my life. I love to teach kids, fish, hunt and be with family. My biggest love is camping with family, sitting around the campfire and laughing till the sun comes up. My love for sports includes swimming, biking and hiking. I enjoy college football games in the fall and the final four in basketball in the spring. I enjoy my LDS Ward family and love to feel the peace that comes from sharing our faith with others.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I can remember, I have always had a strong faith in God and in Jesus Christ. In my teen years, I grew up a Lutheran. I was very grateful for this early foundation. I learned about the stories of the prophets and how God spoke to man in preparing the way for Jesus Christ to establish his church on the earth. I had a group of Mormon friends through high school who always seemed to make my day. Always positive and forever open to share their family lives with me. The interesting thing with all of them, was that I never knew they were "Mormon". They were just nice friends. I dated a Mormon girl for a few years, who, like my friends just lived her life as a happy, energetic, loving person along with her family. One summer when we were dating, I asked her about her faith. At that time, we did not have the computers we have today, nor did we have the resources we enjoy. She gave me a pamphlet about the restoration of the church and the story of the prophet Joseph Smith. I took it home, and in the quiet solitude of my bedroom, I read the amazing story of the First Vision. I can still remember the beautiful peace that came over me as I read this account. I began to cry as I asked myself, "if this really happened, it would be the most important event of our time". I knew at that moment, that what I was reading was true.... and I could not sleep. I had to know more. I later visited Salt Lake Visitors Center and took a most amazing tour with an older missionary couple. I can still remember their names, Elder and Sister Gold. They were the sweetest couple I had met up to that time. Elder Gold gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read portions of it and to ask myself, "could a boy of 14 with a third grade education write a book like this?" Could any one man do the same? I arrived back at ASU for what was my sophomore year. I was baptized on September 28th, 1978. It was one of the happiest days of my life. One that keeps me at peace and proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Today I live my life as an active Latter Day Saint and called to serve as a Ward Missionary. I attend the temple in Mesa, Arizona as much as I can with my beautiful wife and enjoy all the goodness it brings in keeping me happy and at peace. I am active in my community and help others with my talents in swimming and life coaching whenever I can. I have recently left teaching and coaching back in Colorado. I now reside in Arizona and love being near the new Gilbert Temple. I try and begin each day with prayer knowing that without active commuication and gratitude I am nothing without the Lord. I try each day to live by the Saviors example, work hard, be kind to others, be meek, humble, positive and gentle to others. My passion is knowing all that I can about those who came before me. My desire to do Family History grows every day as get more and more information about who I am and where my roots started. My days are most happy when I know that I have made someones day better, just by a smile or by taking time listening to their needs.