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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a husband, an aspiring designer, and a Mormon

About Me

I'm 23 years old, and I love my wife and my life. I'm intrigued by industrial or product design, which I'm studying at university. My other interests include running, reading, playing with technology, and learning about the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 8 years old. At the time, I knew I was doing a good thing by following Jesus' example, but I didn't know much else. During my teenage years I read the Book of Mormon by myself and started praying about if it is true. I feel like God's answered my prayers on many occasions, and I know now that the Book of Mormon is God's word and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

I try to just follow what Jesus Christ teaches. I start and end my day with prayer, and read God's word in His scriptures pretty often. Every time I do, I feel great and have a greater desire to be good. Trying to remember Christ throughout my week really gives my life more of a sense of purpose.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Sam
To me, grace means the help I get from God. I don't deserve it, and I don't earn it. He just lovingly gives it. God also gives commandments. These are instructions to keep me safe and happy. So, I rely on grace (God's help) because I have problems, and I try to keep God's commandments because I want to be happy. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Sam
Missionaries are some of the nicest, sweetest people you'll meet. They really just want to help people make a personal connection with God. They tell people that God is our Father, that we are all brothers and sisters, and invite them to pray, read the Book of Mormon, and worship God in church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Sam
Ancient prophets living on the American continent. Think of it like a Bible of the New World. God spoke to prophets in Israel and prophets in the Americas. Both groups of prophets wrote their words down. Scholars in the Old World translated the Bible to make it available to people, and God called Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Mormon in America. Together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon are two great evidences that God loves us and speaks to us. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Sam
I think family is important to everyone! I love my wife and I want to be with her and our future kids always. God has provided a way for family relationships to continue even after death. Knowing that I can be with my family forever makes my relationships with them now a high priority. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Sam
Joseph Smith was 14 when he decided to ask God which church to join. In answer to his prayer, God and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that he was to re-establish their church on the earth. Joseph obeyed God, and the rest is history. But honestly, how cool is that- God speaks today! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Sam
Nope! I've never prayed to Joseph Smith or anything like that. We definitely respect him as a great prophet of God, just like other Christians acknowledge that Moses, Elijah, Peter, and Paul were great prophets. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Sam
We dress like normal people and we do a lot of the same things everyone else does- we play sports, go to the movies, celebrate Christmas, birthdays, etc. Church is an important weekly event for us. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Sam
It's like this: God gives me everything, and asks me to give ten percent back to him. Then, when I give him ten percent of what I have, he blesses me in my work, my finances, and my family. It's great! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Sam
Jesus taught that baptism is necessary for salvation. Yet, so many people have died without an opportunity for baptism. Members go to our temples out of love for these people and are baptized in their place. It's then up to the deceased individual choose to accept or decline that baptism. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Sam
People are often afraid of what is new. The LDS Church was once new, and people were scared of it, so they called it a cult. As church has grown, more people have come to an understanding that we are Christians and not "cult-ish" at all. Just getting to know a Mormon usually dispels this myth. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Sam
Because of the Mormon emphasis on family, my wife and I try to center our lifestyle on building a healthy marriage. We pray together everyday and read the Book of Mormon together. We spend time together trying to talk, to listen, and to have fun with each other. We understand that God loves us; I know that he is helping us everyday. It's a great way to live! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Sam
The Bible is great! I love reading about Christ's ministry and miracles. I also appreciate the perspective and history that the Old Testament provides. Mormons definitely believe in the Bible. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Sam
The priesthood is an opportunity for men in the church to serve others. Membership in the Relief Society is an opportunity for women in the church to serve others. As a man, I don't feel like I'm better than the sisters in the church. I'm very grateful for their service and example, and inspired by the leadership they provide at all levels of the church. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Sam
Marriage was created by God for a man and a woman--this is the foundation of a family that can bring children into the world and raise them. Because marriage was instituted by God and not invented by man, we cannot change the definition of marriage. While church members love and respect people who have homosexual feelings, we cannot and should not change the marriage institution that God has set up. Doing so would be disobedient to God and would be a disservice to society. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Sam
The Word of Wisdom is a set of instructions from God about how to care for our bodies. It prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, tea, coffee, and illegal drugs and encourages the consumption of vegetables, grains, and meat (in moderation). I know that following the Word of Wisdom will improve my health and my spiritual sensitivity. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Sam
Yes! The church's name is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. I believe in Jesus Christ. He is my Savior. He is my best friend. I want to follow him! Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Sam
Jesus taught that all people need to have faith in him, repent of their sins, be baptized by correct authority, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Missionaries from the church can teach you about how to go through this cleansing and life-changing process. They'll help you prepare for baptism, and help you get to know other members of the Church in your area who will become your friends and spiritual brothers and sisters. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Sam
Yes! It's great news. We begin the journey of an eternal relationship through baptism and keeping the commandments. This qualifies us to go to the temple--the Lord's house--and be "sealed" together through Jesus' priesthood authority. Sealing is a very simple, powerful ceremony. Both husband and wife promise to follow God and take care of each other. When the spouses keep that promise to the best of their ability, God promises that they will be together as husband and wife forever. I'm sealed to my wife and I love her so much. I am excited that we and our future children will get to enjoy each other's company eternally. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Sam
I have a lot of respect for the paid clergy of other faiths. They are people who have devoted their lives to helping others understand God and feel His love. I don't want to sound disparaging about their service in answering this question. There's no paid clergy in the Mormon church--I'm not sure why. My experience with our volunteer clergy has been that they are people who answer God's call to serve willingly, and serve very well. Perhaps God organized it this way to allow for a greater sense of involvement and ownership, as any person could be called upon to preach sermons, lead the congregation, or teach Sunday School--no formal theological training necessary. Again, I have a lot of respect for the clergy of all faiths, paid or otherwise. For my part, I'm grateful to be part of a church where all members are given the responsibility to contribute to our worship in meaningful ways, regardless of their formal training. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Sam
Hopefully, the missionaries will talk about YOU. You are a child of God and He loves you, so they want to get to know you--your triumphs and trials, your beliefs and questions. Don't worry, it won't be uncomfortable or overly personal--the missionaries just want understand you so they can help you apply Jesus Christ's healing, uplifting teachings in your life. Show more Show less