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Hi I'm Samuel

I'm from Phoenix, served a mission to Japan, married my high school girlfriend, 5 kids, 12 grandkids, and, well – a happy life!

About Me

I work at a trust company in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s a family owned business that I helped start. I work mostly with Native American tribal communities doing trust work for their children’s trusts. It’s a great job because I enjoy working with both Native Americans and children. After work, I get to go home to the most wonderful wife and often, some children and grandchildren who might be there. We have four daughters and a son. I admire all my children and love being around them and the grandkids. We live on a little mini-farm in south Tempe, though right now all we have is one cow and a few chickens. I enjoy playing, working and relaxing at home with the family. I also enjoy traveling to new places with my wife, especially cruising. We also like to scuba dive, do adventurous things, and just go sightseeing. See why I love my life?!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, first and foremost, simply because it makes me happy. I’m happy because the Church provides the key to get to the place where I can truly find, understand, and actually communicate with my Heavenly Father and know for a surety my relationship with Him and receive promises of continued happiness with Him in the next life. The Church offers the fulness of the truth of who Jesus is, who He was, what He did for me, and what He is doing now and I can know exactly what I need to do to follow Him completely and receive all the promised blessings. And the Church provides the means to be able to have the assurance and confirming witness from the Holy Ghost and to receive and feel the comfort, guidance and knowledge that comes from Heavenly Father and Jesus through the Holy Ghost. This spiritual relationship with Deity gives meaning to everything else in my life – my relationships with family and friends and all that I do. And through the ordinances and covenants offered in the gospel found in the Church, I have peace and happiness now and a guarantee, if I remain faithful, of eternal relationships with my family and loved ones. I have had difficult times in my life, but I have always found comfort and strength and peace from the relationships I have with Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost and Their promises and assurances. Being a Mormon makes me happy now and offers a happy light ahead.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by accepting assignments and callings (specific jobs or responsibilities) asked of me by my leaders. Currently, I work on the High Council in our Stake – it’s where we have assignments for various activities and programs that are service to wards (the local geographic units). I have now the assignment to work with the Young Women. They have a camp every year I help in getting things ready for it. I then go and help out with tasks there and with another man, provide some security. I also have assignment to be a liaison with the church’s social services program, LDS Family Services. This involves an addiction recovery program, adoption services, and general counseling for mental and emotional problems. I also am assigned to help train and support a group of older men in a ward, (the High Priests group). In my ward, I am assigned to visit several families each month, which I do. There are usually some other volunteer assignments always available to sign up for and I try to do some whenever I can. And then I just try to be a good example of our religion and share it with others.