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Hi I'm David Samuelsen!

I'm an athlete. I'm a musician. I love my family. I'm a "goody-two-shoes". I'm a goof-ball. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If you ever got to know me, you would understand when I randomly burst into song that I'm not crazy. I just love music. I have been born and raised by a very musically gifted family. We are a fairly large family, and with a majority of boys (including myself). Having two older brothers who were musically inclined like we all are; i always wanted to do the things they did and make it become a competition. Now, music is my passion. I can't go a day without singing a little or playing my guitar or piano. It is a regular comment at my house now that I can't go past a piano without playing it. But it is a gift I have been given of God which helps me to feel closer to him as I use what he has blessed me with. Sports also have a large role in my life. Since childhood I have constantly been on the move. I had so much energy that I ran into the corners of walls before I first got glasses. I can't sit still to this day without moving a leg or tapping my hand. Luckily though, I get most of that energy out by being involved in soccer and track. As a kid, the overall result was someone who was running full speed everywhere with hair sticking straight up and yelling at the top of his lungs. My hair no longer sticks up, and I know how to use an, "inside voice" now, but that child-like imagination, optimism, and energy still remain. They just go to more worthy causes!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was born. I choose to continue being "Mormon" because everything we teach makes sense to me. It provides strong support for the importance and divinity of families and that each of us can be with our families eternally. It teaches youth and adults alike to have strong moral values and not compromise them to satisfy selfish or inappropriate desires. I love that and I plan to continue living life to the best of my ability. Through prayer and study I have learned and re-learned for myself of the truth of this work, and this, the gospel of Jesus Christ truly is a religion of people who work. We work to repent and better ourselves, we work and serve those in need, and we work most diligently to share with others that they can choose to follow Jesus Christ and receive salvation if they will work for it. I KNOW that this is Christ's true church, and that he leads and guides it today through prophets and apostles, and I plan to remain a part of it for eternity.

How I live my faith

At this point in life I display my faith with action. I do this first and foremost by sharing with others about the love of God that we receive through Jesus Christ our Savior. And right now I have the magnificent opportunity to do this every day with full focus. I currently am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the St. George, Utah mission. I have seen the lives of people I share with change through their faith in Christ and through following the commandments of God. And I am NOT what has made the difference for them. It has always been God. This brings me more joy than anything else in my life before ever has. I have joy because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want others to have it. This is why I wake up at 6:30 every morning, study scriptures for hours on end, wear a white shirt and tie day in and day out, and endure the disappointments of every last person who refuses to hear the message of the restored gospel. There are hard days, and it is more exhausting work than any I have previously done, but I love it and wouldn't change a thing.

What is being a Mormon like?

David Samuelsen!
Being a Mormon is like having every day be one of the best days of your life! Because of the beliefs we have, we know that as long as we are doing our best to live good lives, it will turn out well and we will end out in heaven with God and our families. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

David Samuelsen!
A testimony is similar to what you might guess. When we use the phrase "testimony", we are referring to the beliefs that we have, and have found to be true. Oft-times we include our personal insights on the faith we have chosen when sharing these convictions which we have. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

David Samuelsen!
People sometimes think that because we are nick-named Mormons, we worship a Book of Mormon Prophet named Mormon. This a a major misconception! The official name our church uses is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". This should help people to realize that our focus is on Christ and becoming as much like him as we possibly can. Our goal is to use this life to prepare as best we can to meet with God when we move on. Show more Show less