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Hi I'm Sam Earnshaw

I love ultimate frisbee, the outdoors, and my family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently attending my third semester at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and loving every single second of it. With the college life comes the expected amount of stress which I alleviate by spending time with my passions; playing the piano and ultimate frisbee. I'm majoring in bioinformatics and hope to eventually attend medical school. Through personal experience I've learned that to gain the highest level of happiness is to be of service to others. I've found the more I focus on other's happiness, the times of trial I may be going through seem to noticeably diminish! I've concluded that my happiness is dependent on my desire to make others acquire joy and I'm thrilled to have realized this early in my life. Another aspect of my happiness comes from living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Simply put, the gospel gives a standard of living that helps one prepare to meet God in the next life. Not only does this standard ensure happiness in the next life, it ensures happiness in this life as well. I've seen it in my life, my friends' lives, and my family's life. I adore my family, for they support me in every aspect of my life. I have been blessed with six older sisters (great fun) and two wonderful and understanding parents. I would be nothing without them. I love life, the gospel, and probably you if I had the chance meet you!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm asked "why are you a Mormon?" almost everyday. High school students have a curiosity for religion like no other, so I'm constantly explaining who, why, when, where and what I believe in. Being born a Mormon, I really wasn't given a choice growing up in my early years. But as a teenager with a very independent attitude, I have sometimes asked myself, "why am I a Mormon?". Why do I do it? The answer didn't come over time. Bit by bit, I started to gain a testimony that what I was doing was the right thing to be doing. By doing acts of service and as well as my church callings, I saw that I was blessed greatly because of it. My outward appearance of happiness invites my peers to ask questions, which gives me an opportunity to share my testimony. My testimony is made up of all the happy feelings I have felt while doing the Lords work. "This I believe" turned into "This I know." "This I know" turned into "This is who I am." I am a Mormon. This will never change. I love my savior, Jesus Christ. Without him, it would be impossible to gain eternal life, my ultimate goal. The healing powers of the Atonement which he gives us is one of the most important things I have in my life. Faith is an verb, not an adjective. We have missionaries around the world (I hope to be one of them one day) to teach about the restored church of Jesus Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Again, I proclaim that "I am a Mormon," and boy, that's never going to change!

How I live my faith

There are many ways that a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can live their faith. Firstly, every member has a calling that they actively serve in to benefit themselves, to benefit others, and to benefit the church. One of the most important callings that I have is to be a home teacher. The responsibility of home teacher is to visit the families he is assigned to to share a message, make sure they are happy and confirm they are in good health. I am assigned a home teaching companion and together we visit our assigned families once a month to fulfill our duties. Looking back at the experiences I've had with home teaching alone, I've created strong bonds with my companion and assigned families to the point where I feel like they've become my own family. A second way for members to live their faith is to attend church meetings throughout the week. Every Sunday, we meet for three hours to participate in activities that help remind us of Christ and attend lessons to help us understand His gospel more fully. Among the many activities we participate in throughout the week, Every Monday evening individual families get together for family home evening, with the purpose of creating stronger bonds within the family. This weekly allotted time to spend time with family is my favorite time of the week. It has been partly responsible for why I adore my family so much. And lastly (although there are many more ways in which we live our faith) my favorite way to live my faith is to do daily prayer and scripture study. These two simple acts are, in my eyes, the greatest way I can live my faith. This is so because these daily activities represent the love I have for the gospel. Faith is verb, not and adjective. Praying to my Father in heaven and reading of his words give me a protection against the adversary of the world that I meet on a daily basis.