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Hi I'm Samuel

I'm a jazz pianist. I'm a future engineer. I'm a disciple of Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Samuel, I’m a jazz pianist, a future engineer, a fun-loving college student, and a soon to be husband. I work as a tutor and I love being able to teach. I also love to be able to help people and build others up in any setting. My most prized possessions are my knowledge of God's plan for me, my relationship with my fiance, and one of the next things that comes to mind is cookies.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the first reasons I am a Mormon is because I know that in the Holy temples of God, the authority to seal on earth and in heaven, including to make marriages and families eternal, resides. I know that such authority was had anciently, put back on the earth in Christ's time, last, and again restored to the earth. I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints is indeed Christ’s church on the earth today. I am a Mormon because the church has done for me is helping me understand the plan God has for us. So many people today believe we are here by chance. This undermines our identity, and can lead to an empty life. Douglas Adams, probably the funniest writer I know of, said of how we got here that “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.” While this statement was intended only to be funny, I wonder if I would feel angry at even being here without having a sense of purpose in my life. Because of the restored gospel, I know where I come from, who I am, why I’m here, and what my potential is. I spent two years as a full time volunteer minister, and before that I didn't really understand what it's like for people to not understand God's plan. Of course I still don't fully, but I've seen the light that comes into our lives when we begin to understand. I know that we came from the presence of God and that we are literally his children. I know why we are here and that we have an infinite potential. Understanding this brings me peace. For me that is more than reason to be a Mormon. I know that Christ is the ultimate source of peace, and that we can find peace through his restored gospel.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (a Mormon) affects every aspect of my life. I cannot express the blessing it is. When I was baptized, I did not entirely understand, but I promised to be a witness of Christ, and take his name upon me. I live my faith by striving to be an example to everyone of the way Christ would have us live, and become more and more like Christ. I spent two years as a missionary as called by a prophet of God and plan to do anything I can do or am asked to do to build the kingdom of God on the earth, all throughout my life. I have found greater joy serving the Lord than I can express.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormon missionaries proselyte for two primary reasons: love of God and love for others. The gospel of Jesus Christ in it's fullness changes lives like nothing else will. We know the path to happiness, and we want other to share in the joy. I served because I know that I have been blessed beyond belief by my membership in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and that it is the only church with the fulness of the gospel of Christ and the one that he sanctions. Other churches can do a lot of Good, but I know that Christ's church is on the earth. How would God feel about it if I just kept quiet? I invite any reading this to get in contact with the missionaries in your area though this site, and ask them why they are serving. Open your heart to what they share, and see if you're not touched. 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?

There are no such restrictions. One of the members of the church I most enjoyed working with when I served as a missionary was a wonderful African-American disciple of Christ who had actually been baptized less than a year earlier. He has the priesthood, has been to the temple, and participates just as fully as anyone. We are happy to welcome all, and hope to never be one bit less welcome to any of our brothers and sisters just because of race, or any other such reason. Show more Show less