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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a law student. I'm an avid volleyball and basketball player. I'm a endorphin junkie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I absolutely love life and the outdoors. I mean seriously, there's just so many amazing things going on on this planet you can't help but have a blast. Positive vibes are the best thing ever, it's what keeps me moving on a day to day basis. There are three rules to living my life: (1) Everyday's a great day, (2) People are awesome, (3) You can never have too many friends. Sports are my favorite thing ever, especially basketball and volleyball. If I'm not playing one of those two you can bet that I'm going on a run in the woods near my house. I love music, anything from the Killers to Jason Mraz to Billy Joel even back to the Beatles. I'm in law school and studying to be a corporate attorney. I love history and pretty much anything that entails. Sarcasm is definitely my mode of survival in a world with way too many serious people. You have to have fun, love what you're doing, and enjoy the little things in life, that's what they're there for.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a city where I was one of the few members of the church. Growing up I realized pretty quickly that I had a lot of different standards and morals than most of my friends and I had to decide for myself if I was going to stick to what my parents had taught me or if I was just going to blend in with the crowd. I figured that if I was going to stay true to the gospel and the commandments I'd have to learn for myself if everything that I had been taught was true or not; just doing what my parents and church leaders told me to wasn't going to be enough. I came to this realization when I was in about 8th grade. I didn't have a lot of friends (I thought it was because of my standards) and I was just pretty down on myself. I decided to take the gospel seriously and started reading the Book of Mormon to find out for myself. I didn't have a flash of light or see an angel or anything, but I recall going to a church camp and being in a meeting where a bunch of other LDS (shortened name for members of our church) peers were bearing their testimonies about the truthfulness of this gospel. I felt something stronger than anything else before, and I knew without a doubt that this church, this Gospel was true. The feeling wasn't new, but I finally recognized what God was trying to tell me. Since then, I have stuck to my beliefs. The differences between me and peers at school definately became more and more evident as I went through high school, but even with those differences I was able to make friends and just have a blast. I realized that the more I stick to my standards and did what I believed, the happier I am. Being a member of Christ's church and following His commandments definately makes you different, but it doesn't mean you have to isolate yourself from others. I know that this Gospel is true and it will make anyone happier than they already are, that's what it has done for me.

How I live my faith

I just finished a two year mission for the church and for two years I went out helping and teaching others on how they can grow closer to Christ. I feel like that's how we put His Gospel into action. I had the chance to serve others physically, emotionally, and spiritually and that's the same thing Christ commanded His apostles to do when he was on the earth. I now live my faith everyday as I strive to continue doing the things that I need to do and show others the happiness that comes with doing so. That's what it all comes down to, doing what you're supposed to and letting others see the results.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You have to pray and ask God for yourself. Reading the scriptures, praying about it, and attending church services, along with living the commandments is the best way to recieve your answer. As you do those things, you will feel the Holy Ghost (be it through feelings, thoughts, ideas) testify to you that it's true. And you will see the positive change in your life and know that it's from God. Show more Show less