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Hi I'm Samuell

I was born with Hemophilia A. I often lived in a hospital. Today I am a father and work outdoors as a Park Ranger. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my wonderful wife many years and we have 3 precious kids. We both went to college. She is a teacher and my education is biology and GIS. We both went to Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. They have beautify Azalea Gardens each spring. I now work as a Natural Resource Specialist for the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers. You may know us better as Park Rangers. I work at the most beautiful lake in Texas. Canyon Lake has water as blue as the Caribbean. I am currently working on my Masters in Biology. Not an easy task but it will be worth it when I am done. I love to read. I remember my first books as a child. I buy books for my kids at every garage sale, thrift store and discount book store I can find. They love to have stories read to them. I have a creative/engineering side also. If love to come up with new ideas or ways to redo something to make it better. I often find ways to build things for my kids to play with. I am a tinkerer that loves to create, repair and analyse everything. I love it when something breaks because I have an excuse to take it apart and see how it works. I have moved around often growing up as the family followed work. We have lived in nearly every major City in the state except El Paso. I have visited there though. I grew up in a large family that has kept growing. I am 1 of 10 kids (7 boys, 3 girls). 1 half brother, 4 step siblings and 4 siblings. A well mixed family with a lot of love.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was a convert to the faith years before he met my mother. I grew up in the faith. I am not Mormon because I grew up surrounded by the religion. I am Mormon because I chose to learn and grow and pray to know the truth. I was baptized like every other kid at the age of 8. I did it because I felt it was right. After high school I felt like I was floating and did not have direction. I was depressed and felt alone at times even with my large family. I took to my knees and started to read the scriptures, pray and fast, hoping to find my direction. I prayed to know if what I had learned growing up was true. I prayed and studied for months. Then one day I felt the Holy Spirit touch my heart and I felt a change in my soul. The Spirit told me I was in Christs restored gospel and that it is true. I can not describe the joy you feel when you finally receive that deep assurance from the Holy Spirit. A deep desire to serve welled up in me. I found myself doing service for my family and friends. This went on for years and then I slowly started drifting in my church attendance. I used work, family or health as an excuse. I soon went inactive and I did not attend any religious activities for nearly 2 years. I was pre-occupied with living and ignored religion. I began to feel an emptiness like something was missing. It was hard but I showed up again one Sunday for service. I was wrapped in the arms of strangers as if I had known them my whole life. My old friends where there too and received me with great love. I knew I was where I was suppose to be. I have never turned away since. I gained a testimony of the truth as a young man and learned later the value of that testimony given to me by the Holy Spirit so long before. I am a Mormon not because I was born into the religion, but because I chose to learn for my self if what I had learned was true or not. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church on the Earth.

How I live my faith

I have served in several callings in church. I have been a Young Single Adult Representative for our congregation while growing up. That is how I met my wife. My wife and I also served as the Nursery class leaders for 3 years. We prepared lessons and cared for the young kids while their parents went to class. We also prepared special holiday activities and classes for the kids. I loved that calling the most. I have also served as a financial and records clerk for 3 years. That was great knowing the Lord trusted me to handle his tithes. Currently, I serve as a teach for the Elders quorum. I teach 1 to 2 lessons a month and share that responsibility with 3 other teachers.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No we are not all required to serve a mission. We are asked to prepare for a mission at a young age so we will be ready when the time comes, but we are not forced to serve. Going on a mission is often a desire to serve that brings us to our feet to go out on the mission. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

If you sincere desire to know what religion is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ on the Earth today, you must be willing to humble your heart. Without humility you can receive an answer but you will not accept the truth even when it is presented to you. Once you have humbled yourself, set down and begin to read the scriptures. Read and study the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Think about what you are reading. Take notes and write down your questions. Ponder the words of the prophets. Then kneel down in a private place and pour out your heart unto the Lord. Ask with sincere intent to know if the LDS faith is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask and expect an answer. Listen and be patient. When you are ready, the Holy Spirit will testify to you the truth. You will feel a peace come over you and an assurance that you have found the Lords true church. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Come join us at Church on Sunday or bring your kids to join our young men and young women in their Wednesday evening classes. You can request a missionary come out to your home. Look around and ask your neighbors. We probably live in your area and can speak with you. Look up the local chapel in the phone directory. The Bishop is the phone number usually listed. No one works at our chapels all day every day. Come on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings to find someone at the chapel. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

They call us a cult because many do not understand what we believe and so they label us a cult to create confusion and fear. A cult is a group that is out of the normal and unorthodox. The main religion world wide for centuries was the Catholic religion. Many believe that because we don't follow the normal behavior and beliefs of the Orthodox Catholic religion that we are a cult. Some say we are a cult because they think we don't believe in Christ, but we do believe in Christ and worship him like other Christian faiths. We are not a cult. We are a culture of people living and following the teachings of Christ. Show more Show less