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Hi I'm Samuel Jacob Cloud

I am a missionary, a martial artist, a musician and a mathematician. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

What am I? For now, I am "Elder Cloud." As a full-time missionary for the church, I am a literal disciple of Jesus Christ, and I have been called to share his gospel with the world. I am currently serving in the Florida Jacksonville mission, waiting for my paperwork to go through so that I can serve in Brazil. Without question, the past few months have been the most extraordinary experiences I have ever had. Here, on my mission, I have been cut down, brought to my knees before my God, and there I have found peace and joy and fulfillment beyond anything I could have imagined. I am a 2nd degree black-belt, an amateur violinist, a reader, a cook, but here I have realized that I am also so much more! I am an introvert that goes forth (willingly!) to knock on doors and talk to strangers and speak openly from the hidden places of my heart--a former high school wallflower who is sent forth to testify before the world. I fear, I trust, I doubt, and still I hope. In the darkest of places, I am called to share a light, because I am that greatest oxymoron of the universe--I am a human being. And above all, I know that I am a child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the great privilege of being born in the Mormon church and being raised by parents who were strong in the faith. They gave me a strong understanding of the teachings of the church and what it meant, and helped me be able to see the goodness of this doctrine. As I grew older, and I was able to read the Book of Mormon for myself and take the classes, I received that personal witness through the peace and power of the Holy Spirit that these things were true. And every time I open up my scriptures or listen at church, I am able to feel that witness once again, and I can know for a surety that my Heavenly Father loves me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time, by striving to do what I know to be right and draw closer to the Savior. I try to live my life so that I am an example for good to all around me, especially my younger brothers. The best ways that I have found to really live my religion is to go out and find ways to serve the people around me. Whether it be a big event with hundreds of other people or just a simple talk to someone lonely, the times when I have best been able to live my faith are when I have reached out to help another.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Samuel Jacob Cloud
A testimony is a personal witness of the truth given to us through the Holy Ghost. It is a quiet witness, a burning in the heart, that lets everyone know for themselves that these things (the truth of the Restoration; the love of the Father; the power of the Atonement) are true. It is also the courage and strength to go out and share that witness and help other people feel this witness as well. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Samuel Jacob Cloud
Yes, it is true--I can testify of that with all the power of my heart. And it is a truth that is available to all who will read those stories in the Book of Mormon and ask God with a sincere faith, that he may reveal the truth of it unto you. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Samuel Jacob Cloud
As we read the scriptures, we invite the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) to enter our lives and help us learn. When we read, the Holy Ghost testifies of the truth that we read and brings a feeling of comfort and peace to our souls. And as we earnestly study and pray, the Holy Ghost will give us understanding and knowledge, and we will be able to know what we should do. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Samuel Jacob Cloud
Simply put, we are not payed for our service to the church because the work we do is not a job. Everyone who does anything in the church does it out of a desire to serve God and to help other people. We do it voluntarily, because we know that it will bless our lives and the lives of those we love and serve. And in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we do not have just a few people who work and the rest of the congregation just sits there. We all have an equal responsibility to serve God and do our part to bring the blessings of heaven to all the world. (For more, see Mosiah 2: 9-41. Pages 148-151 in the Book of Mormon.) Show more Show less