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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a dad. I'm a civil engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in southern Nevada surrounded by an amazing family and a bunch of desert. After high school I served a mission in Hawaii for two years and grew to love the people and the Gospel. After returning home, I attended UNLV where I received a degree in civil engineering. During this time I also married a girl I grew up with and consider this the best decision of my life. We now have two little ones and live in Nevada's state capitol. I enjoy my work designing roads and also spend my free time playing basketball, hockey and trying to start a technology company. My family brings me the greatest joy and I can't wait every day to come home and get tackled by my two year old son.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church is true to me on two separate levels: spiritual and intellectual. The power and sweet spirit I feel when I read the words of the prophets is hard to describe but very real. I know that there is a spiritual aspect to this life that we cannot see but can feel and that can guide us. I also love the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints makes so much sense to me. Within the teachings of the Church is a plan of happiness that can lead us back to our Heavenly Father. We can return to live with him, but we have to do our part. Even though we will surely sin and fall short of being perfect, the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us makes it possible to become clean from all of our transgressions. Living the principles of the Church is a daily testimony of the truthfulness. When I do what I have been taught is right, my life is better. This is also true of those I see around me. These teachings not only will bless us in the next life, but do every day of this one! For example, turning down invitations to grab a few drinks with my friends helps me avoid addiction, hangovers, crime caused by losing self control and possibly even taking someone's life from drunk driving. I am so grateful that I have never had to worry about these things!

How I live my faith

I help keep track of membership records in my local church congregation. Whenever someone moves in, out, gets baptized or even gets certain blessings I record them and input them in the computer database. This helps us keep better track of everyone and I can't even imagine those who did this when everything was paper and folders! I am very grateful that the Church tries to keep current with technology because this makes everything more organized and efficient. Through online and mobile applications I can access the information I need to help those around me.