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Hi I'm Sam Chiba

I'm a classical singer, a swimmer, a surfer, a college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a native California boy. I was born and raised in the heart of the Silicon Valley. My mother is Caucasian and my father is Japanese. I am the youngest of 4 children. I have two amazing older sisters and the best big brother a guy could ask for. My siblings are my best friends and the people I look up to and admire the most. I live my life singing, swimming, and studying. I am a college student studying to be professional opera singer. I love music and I love to sing. Whenever I sing, it's like letting my spirit fly free. It's not attached by mortal limitations. Growing up, my mother would sing around the house and my father would watch and listen to classical music on public broadcasting stations on TV or the radio. I have played a few instruments since I was 9, but during the latter part of high school I discovered that I had a knack and talent for singing, so I have since pursued it. I also love the water, I always have. I joined the swim team when I was in high school, which I wish I could have done or discovered earlier in life. Being in the water calms me down. I swim in my downtime. I teach private swimming lessons when I'm away from school, its very rewarding. In recent years I have started surfing. I'm a California native living 30 minutes from the beach, I have to surf right?! I love it! It's my newest favorite past time. I love being outside and especially at the beach. The only thing that makes all of this better is having friends to do it with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a Mormon family. Up until I was about 19 years old, I was kind of just going through the motions of going to church and trying to be a good person. You know trying to make a good impression on everyone. I'd always kind of felt the church and the gospel were true, but never really tried to own it myself. I hardly ever read the scriptures, I didn't pray as often as I do now, I honestly felt a little lost. This went on for years. I was really confused for a while. Eventually, I reached the mission ripe age of 19, and thought to myself, "Well, I'm 19 and if I don't go on a mission people will start asking questions or start pestering me to go on a mission." I also felt that it was expected of me by my family, even though I don't really remember anyone pressuring me. So, I thought to myself, "If I'm going to go away and not see my family or anyone I know for 2 years, I had better figure out if this church is true or not." The only thing that I figured I could do is read The Book of Mormon and ask God if it's actually true. I was 19, and I hadn't actually read the book the whole way through or really even read it for myself. So, I took it upon myself to read The Book of Mormon. I made a goal to read a chapter every night. During this time, I was going through some other inner struggles. One night I read chapter 24 in the Book of Mosiah. When I got to verse 14, something pierced my soul. I was really happy and relieved to know that God, our Heavenly Father, will help me when I'm struggling as long as I ask Him for His help. I was really impressed by this verse, but still a little confused as to how He could help me. A short while later, I found the answer to my question in the 7th chapter of the Book of Alma. I learned that the Savior took upon Himself, my burdens, sins, and heartache so that I could be happy and free. And I am so grateful. Because of reading The Book of Mormon, I gained an assurance of the love the Savior has for me and now I know it's true.

How I live my faith

Currently I am studying vocal performance at college in Idaho to become a professional opera singer . It's nice because there is an LDS environment at school where I am surrounded by others of the same faith. The school encourages us to live according to the Savior's teachings as well as get a good education to be productive members of society. I attend church regularly when I'm at home and when I'm away at school, it keeps me sane and I feel better after going. If I miss a Sunday, my whole week is thrown off. I also try to follow Christ's example to be a good and kind person.