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Hi I'm Samantha

I'm an Idaho girl through and through. I'm a BYU Cougar. I love watching football and rugby. Discus is my baby. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a tiny Idaho town and I will always be a small-town girl. I loved my high school and graduated in a class of 10 people. We all grew to be like brothers and sisters. Track and Field is my baby. I don't know if I could breathe without throwing a discus every once in a while. I hold the school discus record at 107 feet 7 inches. Never had a real coach, but that brought me and my siblings closer together as we've coached each other doing the thing we all love so much. I'm the second oldest of 5 children. My momma had all 5 of us within 5 1/2 years. We are very close siblings, not just in age. I was born between the two boys. One who just returned from an LDS mission in San Diego California and the other who just left for the LDS Nevada Las Vegas mission. I'm so proud of both of them and so grateful for their examples to me. I have two younger sisters who are amazing singers and so beautiful. My family does so much together. From watching football, to going to track meets, to watching movies, we love to spend time together. My parents have raised me in the gospel, and for that I am beyond grateful. I go to BYU Provo and I love it there. I get homesick for my dusty little town when I'm surrounded by the hustle and bustle and people of BYU and Utah in general, but I know there is nowhere else I'm meant to attend school.

Why I am a Mormon

It could be as simple as the fact that I was raised in the gospel. Some people might think that I'm a Mormon because my parents "made me" be Mormon. But no, I don't go to church because it's what I've always done. I don't go to church because my parents make me. I am a Mormon because I love my religion. It makes sense and it gives me so much hope that life isn't as bad as the media portrays. I'm a Mormon because I've seen what the blessings of being a part of this gospel has done. I've seen extended family members struggle with the faith and how much more confident I am about some things than they are. I have so much more hope and faith that this will always get better if we trust in the Lord. I am a Mormon because if I wasn't, I wouldn't be me. I'd put on a fake smile and try to be someone I'm not. Also, I know that I would probably slip into a deep, confusing depression which is so strongly prevalent in my family's medical history. I am a Mormon because I know that there is nothing else in this world that offers so much hope and gives such a complete and true perspective on the life we live and the plan that we are a part of.

How I live my faith

I could say that I live my faith by going to BYU and going to church every week, but the action of going isn't what shows that people live their faith. I live my faith by giving people the benefit of the doubt; no matter their appearance, beliefs, or what rumors I've heard about them. I usually trust people until they give me reason not to. I live my faith by loving my family. I've always been close with my family and I'm grateful that God knew how much I needed them to make it through this life. I'm not perfect--and I will never, claim to be--but that's what makes me human. It's what makes us all human. It's what shows us that we need God and Jesus Christ for everything.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Samantha
If I didn't believe in a modern day prophet, I guess I wouldn't be able to say that I believe in anything else in this gospel. Without the prophet now, well, nothing else would fall into place. First of all, I can't believe that God would leave His children on earth during these hard and morally challenging times, without a prophet to show us the way. He loves us, and there is no way that I could even try to believe that He wouldn't give us some living direction. So, yes, I do believe that prophets like Moses have existed in modern times and President Monson is a prophet today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Samantha
We do baptisms for the dead because everyone deserves a chance at salvation, and many people didn't have the chance to accept the gospel and be baptized in their mortal lives. The people who are having the baptism preformed still have a choice in accepting it or not. I guess that's what it all comes down to. Sooner or later we'll have the choice to accept and be baptized, whether it is in this mortal life, or after. Choice is everything. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Samantha
In this world of doubt and confusion, the Holy Ghost provides calm and understanding. Heavenly Father provided us with a companion in this life when we might feel completely alone. The Holy Ghost is a friend, a teacher, and most of all a comforter. I know that without the Holy Ghost, hope would be severely hard to come by. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Samantha
Being a Mormon is comfortable. It's not always easy, it was never meant to be, but there is a hope that makes life comfortable. Actually, as a Mormon, I'm comforted by the knowledge that life was never meant to be easy. The best things in life never come from coasting through. Anything worth obtaining is gained through hard work and overcoming the hardships that we face daily. I guess that I feel comfort in the hardness of life because it shows me that God has something great at the end of this life for us to obtain. We just have to work hard for it. It's also comfortable because I know that I am never alone. Even if all my family were gone and I didn't know anyone else that believed as I did, I know that I'd always have the Holy Ghost to turn to. Christ is there to be our constant companion, whether we are alone, or among thousands of people. With Christ, we can always have that knowledge that we are never alone. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Samantha
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are often called Mormons because we believe that there is another testament of Jesus Christ, parallel to the Bible, that is a record of the people in the Americas. We call this testament The Book of Mormon because Mormon was basically the "editor" of all of the separate books in The Book of Mormon. By "editor" I mean that Mormon abridged all the records and journal records of previous Prophets. He combined them all and left out certain things that the Lord told him might be too sacred for us to understand until the Second Coming. The real name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is because we believe that our church today, is the same as that which Jesus Christ established when he was on earth, but which left the earth shortly after Christ's crucifixion because people didn't believe anymore. We call ourselves saints, not because we think of ourselves as saints--like the saints of other religions who earn the title by wonderful service and love towards others--we call ourselves saints in that we try our best to be Christlike an follow Him and His gospel. Some Saints get offended if someone calls them Mormons, simply because it's not "politically correct." I think it's silly to get offended over something so simple that others may not understand. It matters not what people call us, but the way we present ourselves and treat others. Show more Show less