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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a mechanical engineering student, a groundskeeper, an Oregonian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Whenever I'm not at school studying to be a mechanical engineer, I'm in one of a few places. I could be at home spending time with the family just talking and helping outside. Or I'm at my job as a groundskeeper at our local temple, which is arguably my best job ever since I get to make my hands dirty in order to make something else look nice. Or possibly up in my room or the living room buried in some book that I've already read who knows how many times. I also like keeping in touch through Facebook with old friends who live out of state or out of country.

Why I am a Mormon

As a mechanical engineering student, much of what I study has to do with math and science. I really feel comfortable when I can see something and understand it enough to work with it. To me, the gospel just makes sense. Scientific laws produce certain outcomes. When I try to do something, so long as I have my math right I have an idea what the outcome will be, which is usually right. Well, things with Heavenly Father are even more straightforward than that. He has promised certain blessings for obedience to His commandments, and always keeps His promises. Sometimes, at first it looks like I don't get what I expect. But I'm not going to pretend to know everything about the universe, and I'm not going to pretend I know everything about the gospel either. I learn about the gospel little by little, and as I do, it's "math" starts to add up and I see things in the equation that I didn't notice before. And I like that. I know that this happens because I have received a confirming witness from the Holy Ghost. This helps me trust that even if I don't understand everything, it's still right and one day I'll understand it all.

How I live my faith

Daily prayer is a must for me. Scripture study is also a daily thing, because otherwise I'd probably start forgetting things. I attend church on Sundays as well as a scripture study class on Tuesday evenings. Part of my responsibility is planning and carrying out weekly activities for the people in my congregation, or ward, most of which are young adults as a way for them to be able to spend time in a "family setting" since many are here away from their parents and siblings. My job is working at the local temple as a groundskeeper, and it's just amazing to be able to work there with such a high standard of quality and knowing that the standard is so high because it is the very house of God and not just another building.

In whom should we have faith?

We have to have faith in Jesus Christ, since he's the way back to our Heavenly Father. That means that we have to trust Him, even if we don't understand completely why. It means action and willing obedience to His commandments. Faith in Jesus Christ is the power behind Christianity and a person's attachment to it, leading that person to, of their own free will, to keep the commandments, give service to others, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and do whatever else it takes to follow the Savior. So, it only makes sense that we are saved through true faith, because everything else follows it. Show more Show less