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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a Mormon son and a Mormon father.

About Me

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.

Why I am a Mormon

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"

How I live my faith

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.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Without the grace of God, we would be lost. Through God's church we learn how to receive His grace and apply it in our lives, to keep hold of it and be made strong by it and to let go of sin. Sometimes it is all we can manage to learn to want it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life is to learn to be happy. We can spend our whole lives looking, but God can show us how. Then it's just a matter of living it has plan. That makes me happy. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

The peace that comes as I attempt to conform my life to the will of God tells me that there is a God. By this conformance I come to know Him and His interest in my life. The consistency of this, and associated experiences confirm this to me. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Some people call Mormonism a cult because they have been told it is a cult, and this label means that they do not need to consider it or it's message. Maybe early Christians groups including the apostles were a considered a cult in their time, but the message of Christ is as important today as it was back then. If this is Christ's church, it doesn't matter that some call it a cult unless you let it stop you finding out. Show more Show less