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Hi I'm Samantha.

I'm a Sophomore in college. I am taking 18 months away from school and family to share the Gospel. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to crochet, ride horses, and write. I just finished my freshman year at the university of my dreams, and I feel like I'm on top of the world. I am the second oldest of seven children, and my parents raised me to love baseball. I also love to be outdoors. I am a relatively quiet person, but I am very outgoing once I feel comfortable in my surroundings. The best part of my life is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to think I was a Mormon because my parents raised me to be. I was born into a Mormon family and grew up attending church. It is what I am comfortable with. But I know now that is not the case. I am a Mormon because I have felt the Spirit of God testify to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church. I received confirmation for myself that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that God restored his church to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I have felt the power of Christ's Atonement wash away the mistakes that I have made and allow me to start anew on my journey back to my Heavenly Father. There is no greater peace than understanding that God has a plan for each of His children to return to His presence, no greater joy than knowing that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem all mankind from sin and death, no greater hope than feeling that His love for all of His children is real and tangible. I am a Mormon because I know how much God loves me. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading the scriptures every day. I pray to my Father in Heaven first thing in the morning and at the close of my day before I go to sleep. I attend church on Sundays and search for opportunities to serve and lift others throughout the week. I am preparing to preach the Gospel for 18 months as a full-time missionary. I live my faith by striving to emulate my Savior, Jesus Christ, in all that I do, think, and say.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Samantha.
The Bible is a very important part of our religion. It is a sacred record that is a foundation for Christianity. The history and stories in the Bible are types and symbols that we can use today to bring us closer to God. It was written with the influence of the Holy Ghost, which can also help us know that the words in the Bible are true. The Book of Mormon was written the same way. It is a partner to the Bible, and both are Holy Scriptures that mean a lot to our eternal welfare. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Samantha.
No. A mission is not a church requirement. For young men, we believe it is an obligation from God, but special circumstances do not condemn those who are unable to serve. A mission is an amazing opportunity to be a servant in God's hands to bring joy and peace and love and happiness into the lives of others. It is completely voluntary, and missionaries are not paid. A mission is an act of faith and devotion to Heavenly Father. Part of what makes it so grand is the fact that those who serve do so of their own accord. This selflessness allows them to be sincere in their message and firm in their faith. Show more Show less