Hi I'm Sam
I've learned to live with challenges. I was paralyzed from Guillian Barre Syndrome while a kindergartner at the age of 6. From that I've learned to be determined to get what I want. I served a 2 year mission to the Islands of Hawaii. I graduated from seven years of college and am now a chiropractor who just opened my own practice. I have married happily for 9 years to my princess. I am a father of four great kids full of life and energy. I try to be a good father and husband to my family. I enjoy following my professional AZ sport teams in person or on TV.
Why I am a Mormon
I see God's hand in my life since I was young. I sat at home as a 6-year old unknowingly slowly being paralyzed. It was only through our faithful Bishop/Pediatrician after two weeks of pondering recieved the inspiration while jogging as to my condition, Guillian Barre Syndrom a autoimmune peripheral dmyelinating disease. I was rushed to the hospital just in time and have felt from an early age that God cared for me. At the age of 14 I recieved my first witness of Joseph Smith the prophet of the resgtoragtion. It was during a youth camp in northern Arizona that we were given the assignment to find a secluded part of the woods and pray to know the truth. I did so and also opened and read letters from my parents who shared there written testimonies of the gospel. I had never felt such a powerful feeling of emotion and love. That experience laid the foundation of my testimony. I faithfully read scriptures as a youth and gained knowledge and testimony throughg the years. Finally during my mission the daily study and prayer and teaching others has solidified my testiomony of the atonement of Jesus Christ, the God our Father is real, that they speak to us through prophets and the Holy Ghost. I have continued faithful to testimony since because the fruit of living the gospel is so sweet. Living a balanced life of service, family time, personal study and growth lead to a confidence and happiness I believe can't be found anywhere else. My motivation is to return to the Saviors feet with my family.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon gives me direction and motivation. A story is told of Nephi who as a young man believed the words of his father Lehi who was a prophet. Nephi through many trials always had the faith that he would go and do the things the Lord commanded. Nephi knew the Lord gives no commandments unto man but first prepares a way for that commandment to be accomplished. I've tried to live my life with similar faith. I try to do what is right like enroll in school, start a family, start a business with the faith that the Lord will prepare the way that I may accomplish that thing. And he always has!!
How I live my faith
Living a balanced life of family, work and service bring happiness. In our local ward I get to serve as Ward Mission Leader where I cordinate the efforts between the full time missionaries and the local ward members. I get to visit and help teach those investigating the church. It's an honor to be a part of the lives of those we teach. A highlight of my service is our monthly Mission President Firesides were three or four recent converts share their conversion experiences. I also have several families assigned to me that I am to shepherd over them each month ensuring there spiritual and physical needs are being met. Serving in the church helps me develop love and charity towards others.