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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a teacher in a remote school in the Northern Territory of Australia. I grew up in NSW & my wife is from Colorado.

About Me

The most important things to know about me is that I am 30 years old, I'm a father and a husband, I'm a school teacher with a background in music and sport (gymnastics coach for over 10 years) and I'm a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in a large LDS family, my parents joined the LDS/Mormon church in their early twenties. We enjoy a range of activities such as waterskiing, surfing, mountain biking, motor biking, camping, hiking, tennis, squash, and gymnastics (trampoline). My wife and I love children and want to have a large family. We currently have one 10 month old daughter and we look forward to having more children. My wife is originally from Colorado and it was through our membership in the church that we met and now have an eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

Our membership in the church is very important to us, as we use the church as a way to teach and serve the various communities which we live. In a society where people are often so occupied with worldly pursuits and pleasures the church of Jesus Christ offers to all people an opportunity to follow Christ's example to serve and bless the lives of others. Although some people may think we are old fashion, we don't drink alcohol, smoke or drink addictive substances such as tobacco, coffee, tea and harmful drugs, the church encourages it's members to eat well and to be fit and healthy. The members of the church are also encouraged to be well educated. We study the word of God through his prophets both ancient and modern, from books such as the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. The church also sends out monthly church magazines which includes modern revelation from the prophet to help the members prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Some of the good strong family values and principles we live by include faith, prayer, sacrifice, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and good fun recreational activities. We also believe in the importance of performing traditional ordinances such as baptism, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost and eternal marriage. The church has blessed our lives and we are exited to share the things we know to be true with people around the world.

How I live my faith

Living as a member of the church of Jesus Christ isn't easy, but there is no substitute for the peace and happiness that comes from following Jesus Christ and being a member of his church in these latter days. Being a member of our church isn't a Sunday only practice, but requires a ongoing commitment to live according to the word of God and his commandments. Back in 2001 I submitted papers to the church head quarters to serve a full-time mission (2 years). This was a life changing experience for me as an 18-20 year old and has become a foundation for faithful service to Jesus Christ and his church. The two years has given me a sense of direction and has helped me to be more selfless. After returning home to NSW I eventually met my wife Amanda and moved to the Northern Territory so that I could start my teaching career teaching in an Aboriginal community. Part of being a member is about living life to your full potential, which requires goals and daily routines. While living in an isolated location makes our membership in the church a little different to those that live in built up areas but we do follow similar daily practices. As members of the church my wife and I set aside time each morning, evening and at meal times to pray and thank God for all that he has blessed us with. We strive to study the scriptures and have meal times together each day as a family. On Monday each week we strive to have a special family night. Each week on Sunday mornings we drive over 200kms to church and back to attend our small branch of saints in Katherine. I serve as a member of the branch presidency, while my wife is primary president and teaches the children during Sunday school. Some Saturdays we also travel into Katherine where we enjoy activities with the members and friends of the church for activities such as pizza nights, mini golf and DVD nights. Living as a member of the Church is fulfilling and worth learning more about, the Lord desires that all his children come.