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Hi I'm Sam Hirt

I'm a biologist. I'm a family man. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the 6th of 10 children and love being around my family. Unfortunately I now live thousands of miles from my closes family member because I have been attending graduate school. I have been in school for 22 years (counting kindergarten). I hope to be done soon, so I can move closer to my siblings and be with them more. Through my studies I have grown an appreciation for this Earth, our environment, and want my career to be directly involved with preserving nature, being responsible for what we use, and creating sustainable solutions to the challenges of living on the earth. I really enjoy learning about life, and love spending time outdoors, whether for recreation or as part of my research. I met my wife while attending college and she has been a pillar of encouragement and strength in my life. We have 3 boys and will soon finally add another baby girl to our family. I love being a father, and I love playing with my kids, but I enjoy being with my wife more than anyone, she is my best friend. We strive to be good parents to our children. I love sports, I particularly love playing basketball. If I don't play basketball for too long, I get very itchy to get on a court and shoot some hoops. Everywhere I have lived I have been able to find a group to play ball, but I enjoy playing almost any sport.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and although that exposed me to the church at a very young age that is not why I am a member. I remember wondering about Joseph Smith when I was a young boy. I questioned if he really saw God and Jesus Christ, and I also wondered if this church was real. I remember reading the Book of Mormon and asking if it was really translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. My mom related an experience where after praying about the Book of Mormon she received an overwhelming spiritual answer that it was true. I wanted an answer from God and so I prayed and pleaded that God would tell me if it was true. Each time I prayed I expected a vision or something miraculous, but I never received more than a calming sense that it was good, and that the teachings of the church had made me and my family happy, and I believed that it was true. As I continued to go to church and try my best to live the teachings of the church I received continual confirmation that not only was this church good, but that it also had truth. I learned from myself that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon was a true book, and contained the teachings of a loving Heavenly Father who wanted me to return to live with him someday. There are many parts of the gospel of Jesus Christ that make sense and that I feel I understand, there are also some things I don't understand, but I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led by Jesus Christ through prophets and apostles who want happiness for the human family.

How I live my faith

On a daily basis I try my best to live my faith. I pray on many occasions throughout the day and read inspired scriptures. I try to find things that I can improve that can make me a better person and better serve my family and the people around me. On a weekly basis I attend church on Sunday, and reserve Sunday as a day to worship my savior Jesus Christ. I enjoy the opportunities to discuss how the scriptures apply to me and interact with others that share my beliefs. I currently am an assistant scoutmaster for my ward troop. I enjoy working with the youth and doing activities in scouts with them, I can't wait till my boys are in scouts so we can do enjoy scouts together. As a family we spend one night a week together and have a lesson that addresses and issue we may be having or that we feel everyone in our family will benefit from. Being a member of this church is a constant part of my family and daily life that inspires me and makes me happy