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Hi I'm Samantha

I love to travel, learn new things, and meet new people. I'm a missionary, a singer, and a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing! I'm no broadway star, but I do enjoy it. I started out doing little performance groups with my friends when I was 9, and loved it so much so I stuck with it. Since then, I've been in 7 musicals, and 5 choirs. I also love clogging, which (contrary to popular belief) is not dancing with big wooden shoes. It´s similar to tap dancing. I love doing anything involving meeting new people or learning new things, and I'm grateful for all the people in my life, even those who have made things hard for me. Right now I'm on my mission but when I return I plan on going to school at BYU and hopefully finding out what to do with the rest of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and have always lived the standards just because that's how my parents raised me, but now that I'm older I have gained a testimony for myself and I believe with all my heart that this is the true church. This gospel has helped me become who I am today and I fully plan on continuing to live the gospel. Yo sé que este evangelio es verdadero! And if you don't believe me, try it out for yourself!

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a voluntary 18 month mission in Mérida, Mexico and I am so excited to be teaching the lovely people here about this gospel! Even though I'm only just starting, my testimony has grown so much! I am a very active member in the church, and I make sure I always go to church every Sunday. I hope to invite others to come unto Christ as best I can in my time here.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We worship only our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. We recognize that Joseph Smith played a crucial part in restoring the gospel to the earth, and we respect and admire him for this, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Our Prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He has been called of God to testify of Christ and his gospel, recieve divine revelation on behalf of the whole church, and teach and interpret the word of God. His counselors are Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uctdorf, who help him in this work. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Missions are completely voluntary, but many members have a desire to serve one, and consider it a privilege to give 18 months to 2 years of their life serving the lord. Anyone who has the desire to, is encouraged to go on a mission. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. As it says in the introduction, it is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel. Each book is a record kept by various prophets called of God, who testify of Heavenly Father's plan for us, and the mission of his son Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared to the people in America after His Resurrection, taught them His Gospel, and formed his church among them. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionary purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by sharing his teachings. Everything the missionaries teach comes only from scriptures and divinely inspired revelation of prophets. They truly want you to be happy and experience the blessings available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and God's plan for his children. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We are taught in the book of Matthew in the bible that baptism is required of all men and is essential for salvation in the kingdom of God. However, there are many people who have died without the opportunity to hear the gospel and be baptized, and that's why it's so important that we are baptized on their behalf. In our church, one of the main principles taught is that families can be together forever, but this is only possible through the temple work for the dead. In Malachi 4:5-6 it talks about how the prophet Elijah will be sent to "turn the hearts of the children to their fathers..." This prophesy was fulfilled when Elijah appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in 1836, and gave them the keys (the priesthood authority) to perform baptisms for the dead (Doctrine and Covenants 110) so they could do the saving work for all who have passed on, specifically, their own ancestors. Thus, the hearts of the children have been turned to their fathers. We have this same opportunity to perform baptisms for our ancestors, enabling us to live eternally with our familes in the presence of God after this life. Of course, those who have passed on still have their agency and can choose to either accept or reject the baptism done on their behalf. We simply give them the ability to make this choice Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We need a savior so we can be forgiven of our sins and return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Since no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God, we can not live with him as we are now in our state of imperfection. However, we can become perfect through the atonement of our savior Jesus Christ. During his life here on earth, he suffered for the sins of all the world in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross so that we can be forgiven if we sincerely repent. This Atonement was necessary because alone, we cannot be forgiven of our sins. The price of our sins is more than we can even comprehend, and Christ suffered it for every single person that has ever lived on this earth. Through the repentance process, we can become clean and worthy to live with God, who will remember our sins no more if we confess and forsake them. (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42) This includes confessing the sin to God and anyone else who has been harmed by our sin, and occasionally, someone with proper preisthood authority so that they can help us be forgiven and not return to our sins, it includes asking for forgiveness, repairing any damage we have caused, and striving to not ever return to our sin. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

We know that God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever, so if there were 12 apostles called during the time of Jesus Christ, why not today still? After Christ died, His apostles continued to hold the authority to lead to church, and did so accordingly. In Ephesians we are taught that the church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, and this principle still stands today. Prophets and apostles are incredibly important to the church, they always have been and they always will be. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

God is the father of our spirits, and therefore is referred to as our Heavenly Father. Many people think that God doesn't have a body and is some sort of intelligence or spirit that can't be seen or touched. This is the nature of the Holy Ghost, who can dwell within each of us according to this nature. God however, has a tangible body and hands and feet and everything. In the book of Exodus, it says that Moses was able to talk to God face to face, and in Genesis it says that we are created in his image, so we know he has a body of flesh and bone like ours, but his is perfect and glorified. As his children we have a divine potential to become like him, and because he is our loving Heavenly Father, he has a plan for us in which we can return to live with him. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The Mormon church was established originally by Jesus Christ, during his life here on earth, but after a series of unfortunante events His gospel was no longer on the earth and remained so for a long time. But in the year 1820, a boy named Joseph Smith was visited by God and His son Jesus Christ after praying to know which of all the many churches was true. He was informed that none of them contained the same fullness of the gospel as the one originally established, and he had been called of God to restore the true church again on the earth. Over the course of the next ten years, Joseph organized the church with specific authority given by God and translated the Book of Mormon. This is the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints and contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less