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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a Husband, a Dad, a Social Worker, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Australia, except for a couple of my early years in Papua New Guinea where my Dad was an accountant for a while. I've lived in New Zealand and the United States, but still call Australia home. My wife is from the USA, which makes it hard because wherever we are, one of us is away from home, but we like each other a lot so that makes it better. We've got two boys, who sometimes are regular boys and most of the time are superheroes, and playing with them is my opportunity to be a complete goofball and not care. I'm mad keen about sports, especially Rugby League. I'm currently working as a counsellor while I finish a masters degree in Social Work; my passion is working with people and helping them learn more about themselves.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but like everyone else I reached a point where I had to decide what to do with my life. Some of my friends chose other paths, forcing me to examine my own beliefs and see if they were true. It didn't happen all at once - all I know is that after studying and applying the things I have learned in the church, I've never been happier, and I've felt God's spirit confirming my commitment to what I have learned.

How I live my faith

One of the ways in which I live my faith is through Family Home Evening. In our church, every Monday night is set aside for our family to share time with each other and teach each other gospel principles. My kids get right into it, even though they are still young. It's a simple idea, but instead of sitting around watching TV, we have an opportunity to connect with each other and forget about everything else for a while. We also go to church on Sundays, and attend the Brisbane Temple to feel closer to God and learn more about what we can do to follow the Saviour.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Sam
Much of Christ's ministry was spent serving the poor and needy, and showing love to those who were often rejected because of their place in society. It is our Christian duty to help others in need, and then to help them feel empowered to provide for themselves through learning and service opportunities. Show more Show less

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

Sam
We believe that homosexuality contradicts our Heavenly Father's plan for marriages and families: God has designated marriage between a husband and wife as sacred, and as such we follow His plan and promote it's principles. Although we view homosexuality as a sin, I hope that others can understand that our intention is not to demonize or marginalize people who choose to follow this path. All of us deserve to be loved unconditionally as sons and daughters of God, and we all have the right to choose how we live our own lives. We believe in God's plan and as such we hope to promote it on individual and societal levels, but if others choose not to follow it, that is their choice and we can still love them as our brothers and sisters. Show more Show less