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Hi I'm Sam

I have been an exchange student. I run cross country. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an over worked college student at Mesa Community College who runs cross country, but not very well. I have lived in Hamburg, Germany as an exchange student, so I can say anything and sound angry because it's German. I come from a big family of 2 sisters and one brother, my brother and I are the middle children. I was raised in a latter day saint home and am so grateful for it. I served a mission for God when I was 19 and went all the way to the great white north. I spent most of my time in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I would like to think of myself as easy going, but I am too hard core for that.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in a Latter Day Saint home I wasn't shelter when it came to religion. My father loved going to the Easter Sunday and the Midnight Mass of the Catholic Church. He felt we should get exposed to other ideas. When I was 16 I went to Germany and lived with a wonderful Lutheran family. While living with them I attended church with them and then took the bus to a nearby town that had a latter day saint chapel and for a time I attended, but because of the fact that my parents were 6,000 miles away I soon realized I would need a belief of my own to keep living the church standard and making the trip all the way out to church each week. I had read the Book of Mormon before so you’d think I should have already known whether or not it was divine or not, but like any teenager things like religion had only been planted so deep in my heart. I knew, sitting in that attic room in Germany that I needed to figure this “Book of Mormon Thing” out. I had heard “Seek and ye shall find” preached in all of the churches I had attended. I wasn’t much of a praying guy but I figured I’d try it; it had worked a few times before. I knelt down next to my bed and asked God if this book really was true. Then, there came a feeling. It was more than emotion, more than something I could conjure up for myself, and my parents were quite a ways away so they were out of the question. I felt an undeniable peace, an assurance, in some way I felt Gods approval of that book. It has been many years since that night, and I have had many more witnesses and examples in my life that have helped me to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true, but witnesses and real life examples are not as powerful as an answer from God, if you don’t believe me seek and ye shall find.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to help others. Last week I was off to help a friend of a friend move. The people ended up hired professionals and not needing me, but having already set the time apart and having a mind set to do some service I noticed a family down the street that did seem to need some help. It was a little awkward approaching them but it didn’t take much explanation to be invited in and be told what to lift. I don’t think there’s any one action that I do to live my faith. Whether it’s help someone move, answer questions about my church, or just being a friend I just do what I can. I think Christ put it best when he said: “By this will all men know that ye are my disciples, that ye have love one to another.”