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Hi I'm Sam

I was born in Dunkirk new York but I was raised in La Puente California, a suburb of Los Angeles...and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with a father who was a professional guitar player, so I was attracted to music at an early age. At 11 years old I took up drumming and started performing with my father in bars and clubs at 15. A high school music teacher taught me how to read drum music, which made all the difference in the world when I received a military draft notice. This was during the Vietnam War and most of my high school friends who were drafted were either killed or wounded. I auditioned to see if I could become a member of the Army Band. The competition was intense but I made the cut and was sent to the Army School of Music for 9 months. I passed each stage and ended up serving 4 years in the 98th Army Band as a percussionist. During my college years I took up acting as a profession. Using my GI bill and various acting jobs I was able to support my family (five children) and work my way through school. I became a member of the Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. I performed in many movies and television shows…including three network pilots. Today I serve as a professional real estate consultant and my wife and I are co-owners of a real estate franchise in Kirkland Washington. We Started a nonprofit organization called Washington Housing Education which provides the educational certification needed for certain bond programs and tax credits.

Why I am a Mormon

Oddly enough, it was the study of literature condemning the Mormon faith that actually led me to the Church. When I was 14 my mother had Mormon missionaries come over to our home. A few months later I, along with my Mother, brother and sister were baptized. I remember going to the Mormon church just one time! My brother and I had a bad experience with some of the Mormon boys…and we never went back. Years later I met a man whose only goal was to become a professional pastor. We became the best of friends. We studied the scriptures together and would pass along religious pamphlets on street corners. Any semblance of me being a Mormon had long since gone and I was now part of the Army of Christ! Knowing that I was baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, my friend started introducing me to religious leaders who supplied me with countless books and pamphlets condemning the Mormon faith. I relished it and wondered how I could ever have been so naïve? I became very well versed in anti-Mormon doctrine and worked to catch the Mormons in their “false” doctrines. However, deep in my heart I struggled with two inconsistencies. 1.Every Mormon I knew was extremely intelligent and a very good person. They impressed me. 2. I remember that when I had read the Book of Mormon at 14, I experienced a closeness to Jesus Christ I had not experienced since. We decided to visit with two senior Mormon members. During each of our meetings we presented our challenges and questions. To our surprise they answered each of challenges patiently, all the time using the scriptures. We asked Jesus Christ to guide our discussions. We could not deny that the Holy Ghost was present in those discussions. Eventually we were asked to read the Book of Mormon and ask God for ourselves if it was true. We both did…and we both returned with our answers. “Yes” it was true. I joined the Church, but because the Church had no paid ministry, my friend did not.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have served in dozens different positions in the Church, including teaching primary aged children. I recently finished a 3 year calling as the Gospel Doctrine Teacher where I taught the adults at our Ward (church). I was ordained a High Priest and now serve as an assistant to the High Priest Group Leader. Today my wife and I also serve as ordinance workers at the Seattle Temple. The Temple is a Holy and Sacred place to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. It is a special place, different from the church buildings we meet in every Sunday. This is where worthy members of the Church go to find solace for the soul and it is where they are able to draw much closer to the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. It is a place where scared ordinances of an eternal nature are made between God and his children. You can find out more about Temples here at Mormon.org. I will make myself available to answer any questions you may have about my experiences as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, how I came to know that the Book of Mormon is holy scripture…or any other sincere questions you may have. Best wishes, Sam