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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. My wife and I live in Seattle, Washington where we raised our four children.

About Me

I am married and a father of four grown children who are all married and have families of their own. We enjoy family vacations with our children and their families. My academic training and work are in accounting, finance and healthcare administration. I have bachelors and masters degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU). My wife and I spend most of our time with family, church and work-related activities. I have been involved in numerous church, work and community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, community-sponsored indigent medical clinics, various health-care related professional associations and companies, and have taught and guest lectured at Seattle-area universities.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during my senior year of high school. I first remember meeting members of the Church when I was ten years old. I began to socialize with them at school and in their homes and later began to participate in some of their Church social activities. Upon entering high school, I began to think more about who I am, where I came from and where I would go after this life. My Church friends were knowledgeable and had a quiet confidence about who they were and their purpose in life. One of my friends asked the full-time Church missionaries to invite me to learn more about the Church and I accepted their invitation. While receiving instruction from the missionaries, I read the Book of Mormon, studied scriptures from the Bible and other resource material and attended Church worship meetings. I prayed and asked whether or not what they were teaching was true and right. I received a strong spiritual witness that confirmed they were teaching truth and righteousness. Soon thereafter, I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church. One year later, I received a call to serve as a full-time missionary in Venezuela. I have enjoyed many other spiritual confirmations of the truthfulness of the teachings found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful for how the Church has blessed my life and my family.

How I live my faith

I have been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since my baptism. I have been involved in virtually every aspect of the Church at the local level. I have been very involved in teaching and organizing activities for both youth and adults. I have presided over a local congregation of the Church (a position entitled bishop, which is similar to a priest, pastor, minister, rabbi, etc. in other faiths). I have presided over a number of congregations in my local community (a position entitled stake president). In addition to that I have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America, an organization with which the Church is closely aligned. Almost every local Church congregation sponsors several Scout-related packs and troops. In September 2011, I oversaw a multi-day event for approximately 1000 single adult members of the Church and their children who came from all over the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of the event was to build or renew faith in Jesus Christ, strengthen families, and extend the blessings of Church fellowship in a safe and wholesome environment. I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that I am a child of a loving Father in Heaven. I know his only begotten son in the flesh is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that they live and love me. I know there is a plan of salvation and happiness for all of God's children and the fulness of that plan is taught and practiced in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.