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Hi I'm Samantha

I grew up in CA. I converted to being Mormon when I was 12. I am now a proud Army wife and a mother of our newborn girl.

About Me

I grew up all along California going back and forth living with my parents who divorced when I was only 3. My dad was a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy and my mom worked various office jobs while supporting 3 girls on her own. Religion wasn't a huge importance in my childhood but with my dad having been raised Mormon and my mom raised Jewish I grew up celebrating both Chanukah and Christmas. (A pretty sweet deal as a kid.) When I was 12 I moved in with my step-mom, step-brother, dad, and his parents. I was invited to go to church with my grandparents and it wasn't long before I was baptized after that. Sadly, being only 12 and not having my parents go with me, I didn't stay in the church for very long. But the seed was planted, and when I was finally ready, at age 19, I came back to church and never looked back. Recently, my dad, after nearly 34 years of inactivity has rejoined the church and his wife is now a member as well! I am incredibly thankful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has shown me the way to true happiness and if it wasn't for being a member I would never have met my wonderful husband. I am proud to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was baptized at age 12, I consider my true conversion to be when I was 19. To be honest, when I first came back to the church the main reason was just to meet new people that would be a good influence on myself. But there was no denying the spirit I felt once I started attending church and taking classes studying the Mormon religion and its teachings. I couldn't get enough of it. At one point I spent a minimum of 7 hours at church on Sundays and spent the rest of my week finding local activities put on by members of the church. Nothing else felt as "right" as this. I KNEW where I should be, the things I should be doing, who I should be doing them with and the type of person I needed to be. Some people have said that being Mormon puts too many restrictions on your life, but for me it's liberating to have the knowledge of what standards I should be living. And I know that any "restriction" is just for my own good. Like wearing a seat belt in the car. Sure, there are times you may not feel it's necessary but we all know it's safer with it on and eventually being safe just becomes second nature to us. So like the person who instinctively puts their seat belt on when they enter the car, I instinctively stay away from things that can harm my body and soul.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing my love of the gospel and living the standards taught by the church. In the past I have been a Sunday school teacher for young children, and a representative/ activities coordinator for a young single adult "ward" or congregation...among other callings as well. Knowing I was doing our Heavenly Father's work gave me a feeling of self-worth and love for those I was serving.