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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a father, a husband, a consultant, and a Mormon. I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife and our cute little boy.

About Me

I grew up in Utah as a member of the LDS Church in a family of four kids. I served a mission in Spain and graduated from BYU with an MBA. I met my wife at a church activity and we soon recognized that we were a great match for one another. We shared similar values and wanted the same things out of life. We were married in the temple for time and all eternity and were blessed with a little boy about two years later. We look forward to our future together raising a family in the Gospel. I grew up hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, rock climbing, boating, and traveling. When I was in elementary school, I played mostly soccer and basketball. During junior high, I started running track, playing tennis and getting involved in student government. I ran cross country and played soccer in high school and then started playing racquetball in college. My favorite job was teaching Spanish at the Missionary Training Center and my second favorite job is the one I have now working as a consultant.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to live the Gospel and stay active in the Church because I see the fruits of the Gospel in my life. As it says in John 7:17, we can know the doctrine is true by doing the will of Heavenly Father. I believe the choice is ours to make to choose liberty and eternal life by following Jesus Christ or to choose captivity and death by following the devil (2 Nephi 2:27-28). Knowing that God has given me the power to choose, and that my eternal destiny depends on my choices in this life, I am able to find greater strength to resist temptation and follow the Savior. As it says in Mosiah 2:41, those who keep the commandments enjoy greater happiness and are blessed both temporally and spiritually. My faith has been developed over many years and hundreds of experiences with the Spirit. Having experienced periods of doubt, I understand why some people who start on the path sometimes lose their way (1 Nephi 8). However, I've never been able to deny the experiences I've had with the Spirit that have given me an undeniable witness that God lives. I've found that if I continue serving in the Church, studying the scriptures, and saying my prayers during these times of trial; that the Spirit eventually comes back into my life and I am strengthened by the whole experience. I choose to remain faithful in the Church because I have felt the love and inspiration of God and I know the Gospel is true. I have studied the Book of Mormon hand-in-hand with the Bible, and I know it to be the word of God. I have shared my testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith many times and have often felt the Spirit of God witness to me that he truly did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and that he was called to restore Christ's church upon the earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be a good example and by serving in the Lord's Church. My current calling is to help arrange appointments for the leader of our congregation so he can to strengthen and counsel the members. In the past, I've served as a teacher, a priesthood leader, and I've served in the temple. When I was 19 years old, I left my family and friends and boarded a plane to fly to go serve the Lord and the people of Spain for two years. This was the most defining experience of my life. By striving each day to do the Lord's will, I felt His Spirit guide me to those who were ready to hear the Gospel and inspire me to know what to teach them. I was blessed to have a wonderful leader in the mission who was a great example to me in my life. One of the most memorable lessons he gave me was to figure out who my Heavenly Father wanted me to become and then strive each day to become that type of person. He counseled me to pray and fast about it and then summarize my impressions by selecting 8-10 personal values that described who I would become. I then set specific goals on how I would strive to become that type of person. As I partake of the Sacrament each week (whenever I remember to do it), I choose an attribute to focus on during the coming week. Then the next week, I review my performance against that goal, ask for help to improve, and select an attribute for the next week. In doing this more consistently, I hope to become more Christlike and a better servant in His Church. I respect people who live their faith, regardless of their denomination. As we all strive to do good, to serve others, and be honest in our dealings, we create a better society and make this world a better place in which to live. I believe much of the pain, hunger, and suffering in this life could be relieved through charity and service. I also believe that many hearts can be healed and emotional burdens lifted as we share the Gospel message with others.