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Hi I'm Sam D.

I'm from Utah, and until recently had lived there my whole life. Now I'm studying dentistry in Nebraska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a fun family of eight boys and two wonderful parents. My brothers and I all took a liking to sports in our youth and as such, there wasn't much that we didn't know about our local emergency room. As a young boy I looked up to the examples of my older brothers. If they were doing something neat and exciting, then I wanted to be found doing the same things. As the sixth son, I quickly learned that I had to hold my own in the all-too-often brotherly wrestling matches that frequented our home on a daily basis. I aso desired to be a good example to my two younger brothers, as well. I grew up yearning to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Upon turning 19 years old, that dream became a reality as I served a Spanish-speaking mission in Santa Rosa, California for two years. What a beautiful time of life that was. Shortly after returning from my labors as a missionary, I married a long-time friend and sweetheart of mine. We were married in the Salt Lake City LDS temple for time and all eternity. I love her very much! For a number of years prior to my college education I had great aspirations of one day becoming a dentist. I am currently realizing those aspirations as a second year dental student at Creighton University. I have thoroughly enjoyed my rigorous education and my short time in this profession. My wife and I are loving our life together and we look forward to the future with great excitement and anticipation.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a question that I feel has been answered over the span of my life as a member of my faith. I grew up in a family where religion was part of our lifestyle. Some of my earliest memories come from the many experiences that I had in the LDS church while growing up. This sort of environment naturally helped cultivate my desires to become a member of the church and to become a believer of the gospel. I have found great joy and happiness through my knowledge of the gospel's truthfulness and have worked tirelessly to implement the gospel's religious standards in my life. As a result, my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel has grown with me throughout the years. My understanding of the gospel truths can most simply be likened unto the sky during a sunrise. The sky lightens and brightens ever so gradually with the earth's rotation about the sun until the sky is filled with the sun's brightness. My enlightenment came in this format; growing line upon line and precept upon precept. There are many reasons as to why I am a Mormon. My membership allows me to develop myself as an imperfect being. I have ample opportunity to serve others in our Heavenly Father's earthly kingdom. I've felt the joy and happiness that accompanies my understanding of eternal families. I've learned where it is that we're from, why we're here on earth and where it is that we're going after this life. I love the feeling of the Spirit that accompanies me as I live my life according to the gospel standards. I love that my faith has allowed me to learn the gospel standards and has helped prepare me to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. I believe that our Heavenly Father desires the greatest good for His children here on earth. It is my conviction that active membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has provided my life far greater good than I could possibly find elsewhere.

How I live my faith

The church is a wonderful organization that allows its members to reach outward towards those around them through service. All of the positions that are held by the members of the church are strictly service-based with no monetary compensation. There are various callings and assignments within the structure of the church that essentially keep it afloat. I have been fortunate to hold a number of these positions, which unquestionably seem to do my life more good than I could possibly do for others in these positions. I feel blessed to hold the calling of what's known as a Home Teacher. This is a calling where I have been given a special heed by the Bishop (the local service leader in my area) to visit a number of the members of the church in my area on a monthly basis. This is done to provide them service in whatever way is necessary to their well-being. I have a companion who is likewise assigned to these same families and together we prepare a spiritual message that we deliver during these monthly visits. We ensure that both their spiritual and temporal essentials are properly taken care of and if they are in need of assistance, we report back to our leaders in the church. This often times leads to the church's involvement with these families to lighten their burdens in whatever way is proper and necessary. I also hold a position as the Ward Mission Leader, and much of my effort is focused on the assistance of those who have recently been baptized, as well as, with those who are less-active members in my area. It is a fulfilling position as I have been able to work with the full-time missionaries in my area to help provide these members the fellowship and instruction that is necessary for their growth and strengthening in the gospel. This calling has allowed me to outwardly express my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am fortunate to be able to talk to others about my testimony in hopes of helping them strengthen their understanding of the gospel.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Sam D.
Mormons do not practice homosexuality. We believe that God has ordained the marital union between man and woman sacred and that there is to be no other sexual relations outside of this bond. We believe that this stance is well founded both biblically through prophets of old and through Latter-Day prophets such as Thomas S. Monson. We believe that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. This belief helps us know that a sexual relationships was intended, is intended and will be intended for a man and a woman who are bound to each other through marriage. Our hope and desire to follow God's commandments as fully as possible should not be confused as contempt for those who do not believe as we do regarding sam-sex marriage. We believe that those very individuals are our spiritual brothers and sisters and our desire is to be compassionate towards them. They are also important in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less