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Hi I'm Sam

I grew up mostly in Idaho. I am studying photography and clothing construction. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently finishing my last semester of college at Brigham Young University of Idaho. I am studying Photography and clothing construction. Previous to college life, I had no knowledge of either but I always admired inspiring photos and fashion. I took a class and over time developed new talents and loves. I have learned to help others through my new talents and for me that is what makes them so enjoyable. A year and a half ago I married my high school crush. Over the 7 years previous to our engagement, we were best friends even though I moved away. It was our friendship that brought us together. Our marriage was first based on the love and admiration of friends. We have always been there for one another and will continue to always be. As of right now, my husband is also in college with me. He is currently in the National Guard and going through the ROTC program offered. We are excited to see where the Lord will send us!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. My mother is a first generation convert while my father and his family have been active members for generations. Although I was born into this religion and have been taught it all my life, there came to a point where I questioned what I truly believed. Was it true? Mine came when I moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri my sophomore year of high school. It as a completely new environment for me. Unlike Idaho where there were many Latter Day Saint members at my high school my new high school only had about 10. This was the first time in my life, at the age of 16, when I was asked seriously about the "Mormon Church" and my beliefs. I began answering others questions as best I could, but over time I too began to have those questions myself. Eventually I could no longer give answers without being completely converted. During this time the Prophet Gordon B. Hinkley encouraged the members to read the Book of Mormon. I took this challenge to heart and over the following 3 months read, studied and prayed. This was the first time I had read the Book of Mormon for myself. After completing the book I took Moroni's challenge to pray and find for yourself if what I have read was true. I said a heart felt prayer to Heavenly Father asking Him if the words in the Book of Mormon were true and that they came from Him. I asked, knowing that He would give me an answer, if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was His church and if Joseph Smith was given direction by Him to restore His gospel. A few days later while I was walking to pick up my brother and sister from school, I suddenly became overwhelmed with happiness, love, and comfort. I felt the Holy Ghost witness the truth of the Book of Mormon and of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to me. At that moment I realized my prayers had been answered. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is a true, inspired set of scripture. This church is directed by God.

How I live my faith

For me the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not just my religion or my faith, but it is my life everyday. I am continually trying to live the principles as instructed in the scriptures. In my ward, I help organize spiritually edifying activities for the women, as well as conduct the music during the Sacrament session, and also work in the Temple helping families become together forever.