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Hi I'm Sam

I was born in England. I grew up in Arizona. I am a father of six, a husband and a structural engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mother is American and my father is English. I was born in England and lived there until I was seven. We traveled around the United States for a time while my dad looked for a job. Eventually he got a job in Arizona and we settled in Glendale. I have one brother. When I was in High School my dad moved back to England and I moved there to go to school. I decided that I did not like living in England and dropped out of school. I came back to America and got my general education diploma instead of finishing high school. I attended Glendale Community College where I met my wife. Then I transferred to ASU. I worked at night and went to school during the day. We had four of our six children while I was attending ASU. I graduated with a degree in civil engineering with a focus in structural engineering. I worked for a company for six years during which time I got my professional licensure. I now own my own structural engineering company with a partner. My wife and I have six children, 4 girls and 2 boys. The oldest is a senior in high school and the youngest is in first grade. Being is a parent is wonderful and rewarding, but it is also very difficult to relate to high school girls. I enjoy reading and camping and fishing. I am a terrible fisherman. Most of my time is spent with my family whom I love very much.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was nineteen I had a girl friend named Misty. Misty's mother was divorced and she was dating a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This gentleman had not been involved with the church for many years, but as he was contemplating marriage the things that he had learned growing up in the gospel came back to him. He wanted to share his renewed faith with his new family. He invited them to hear the gospel message from the missionaries. Misty and her mother agreed to listen. I was a little annoyed at this, but I felt that it would be a simple thing to tell the missionaries where they were wrong. As I listened to the message that the missionaries shared I felt something inside me that I did not recognize. Especially as they shared with me where we came from why we are here and where we go when we die, it was like learning something that I already knew. But since I had never been involved in church before except attending a church school in England (that did not teach the same doctrine), I knew that it was not something I had ever been taught. Misty and her mother quickly recognized the truth of what was being taught and they were both baptized, but I wanted an answer to my prayers. I had believed that there is no God and that everyone that believes in God must be delusional. As I studied I came to the point where I learned that you must have faith to receive an answer to prayer, but how could someone such as I who did not believe in God have faith. Then I read a teaching in the Book of Mormon that says if we no more than have a desire to believe then let that desire work in us until we can give a place for a portion of his words. I tried this promise and the Holy Ghost touched my heart and told me that I needed to be baptized. I followed this prompting and have been blessed ever since for all that has followed. My faith is not perfect, but I know that God lives and loves me and my family.

How I live my faith

My wife and I teach a Sunday School class for the twelve year olds at church. Our daughter is in our class. It is a fun age to teach and we talk about Latter-day prophets. Last Saturday I and four of my children got up early to dig out irrigation ditches for a church farm in Coolidge, Arizona where they grow wheat that is shipped to those who are hungry all over the world. In a few weeks we are going to help paint fences to beautify a local graveyard. Our family likes to sit down together in the evening to study the gospel and pray together. On Monday nights we have a family night. On the first Monday we have a family council where everyone gets a chance to talk, share concerns and ask questions. The second and third Monday we have gospel lessons and we all take turns teaching. The last Monday the children enjoy the most, this is family fun night where we play games or do other fun activities together.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can come to know for yourself that Mormonism is true. You do not have to take anyones word for it, but The Holy Ghost's. You need to study and read about The Book of Mormon, ponder the message contained and then pray to find out if what it teaches you is true. When you feel the calm peaceful feelings of the Holy Ghost in your heart, that will confirm to you that what you are learning is true. You can also learn in the same way the truth about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once you learn these things are true you need to live according to what you know to be true and the Holy Spirit will reveal more truth to your heart. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Before I learned about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I wondered why all the churches that I knew of paid their ministers. The ministers or priests then worked for the people who paid their salary. When Jesus taught that the laborer is worthy of his hire, He was teaching about the blessings that we get from service. I know there are many good honest ministers in other faiths. We all have the opportunity to serve in The Church of Jesus Christ and no ones service is more important than anothers. God calls and inspires priesthood leaders to call others to help to serve in the vineyard. It does not matter where we serve. Whether we are called to lead a congregation as a Bishop or to serve in the Library or teaching the children in the nursery is not important. God does not care where we serve but how we serve Him. Do we serve with all of our heart, might, mind and strength to build up His Kingdom? If we do then we can know that He is pleased with us. Even if we feel that we do not have much to offer as long as we give Him our best effort, that is all He asks for. I am glad that I have the opportunity to leave my job and work responsibilities once a week and join together with other families to worship God and feel of His love. I like the fact that we are all working together for the same thing. The Apostle Paul asked if the head was more important than the feet. We are all important to Heavenly Father. Show more Show less