Hi I'm Sam
I'm a Mormon son and a Mormon father.
I'm a husband and a father of seven. I enjoy writing computer software for a living - currently for network appliances but I've written for embedded systems, data logging control, windows applications, web and server systems. I like to get things "right" which means pragmatically balancing business requirements with the ideal expression of the programmer. I have found that Literate Programming brings the true joy of the programmer by turning the program into an introduction to the problem and it's solution to those that follow. I'm an software-libre advocate because it makes me happy to make the world better by sharing, and improves the state of what is available to future generations.
I know that God is my Father who loves and cares for me. I know he has a plan for my happiness and that of my family, and I see that plan work daily. Being a Mormon makes me a better man, a better husband and a better father than I have the wit, intelligence or natural motivation to become. Being a Mormon brings me peace today and a hope for eternal life in the life to come - or as I like to say: jam today and jam tomorrow (instead of jam yesterday and jam tomorrow but never jam today). Being a Mormon has taught me to make God the anchor to my life. For me to NOT be a Mormon would be to let go of everything that was ever good and has ever blessed my life. Like the prophet Lehi of old, "I know in whom I have trusted"
To live my faith means to come to know God. This means to use life's challenges as prompts and guides to change myself. I'm able to mess my life up, but only God is able to put it back together again and make it better than before. So far God, my Father, has stopped me making a big mess of anything. My faith drives me to do good for others and my community. I currently serve as Bishop to my congregation, vice chair to the School Governing Board, and have served as chair of the Neighbourhood Management Board, and on the local community association.