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Hi I'm Sam Gee

I'm a college student. I'm a saxophonist. I'm an alpaca farmer. I'm an older brother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid listener to jazz music and more jazz music, of all shapes and sizes. I've played the baritone saxophone since middle school, and have continued to enjoy it in my college years. I've always been attracted to "old-fashioned things:" record players, Charlie Chaplin, black and white movies, classic cars, cell phones with buttons, etc. I'm about as anti-mainstream as it gets; I could rattle off about twenty old jazz musicians without thinking, but I wouldn't stand a chance at identifying three of today's popular song hits. My grandmother knows more about technology than I do! I enjoy finding the beautiful simplicity in things, like wildlife or a big open field. I love to laugh, and nobody makes me laugh harder than my little brother. We may be two years apart, but our brains are perfectly in sync. Sometimes when I'm in college, I'll call him on the phone so he can help me complete my sentences. He and I are the best of friends the world has ever seen. We're Superman and Batman, Martin and Lewis, Statler and Waldorf, Shaggy and Scooby. We look out for each other. The proudest accomplishment of the day for each of us is to make the other burst out into uncontrollable laughter. Despite this objective, we know when to be serious and when to get to work. I love to see other people smile. Whether it's by entertaining a crowd on the sax, making an old-fashioned joke, or just by being polite and helpful, making people smile is one of my favorite things to do.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I've been brought up in the church, I made the choice to stay committed to its teachings. I believe with all conviction that this is the true church, as laid forth by a loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. By Them and through Them, the fullness of the Gospel has been restored in these days, through the calling of modern prophets whom the Lord chooses. Of these restored truths, the Book of Mormon is the one that kindles the brightest faith within me. I have read the words within it, and they bring a measure of comfort to my soul that no other book can match. I know without a doubt that the beautiful words of the Book of Mormon cannot be simply "made up" by a young boy with a very limited education. The only explanation in my mind is that Joseph Smith spoke the truth, that he truly did converse with God face to face, just like Moses and the prophets of old. I believe that the Book of Mormon wasn't given to us to replace the words of the Bible; rather, it is given as another witness to confirm the truths of the Bible. Each record compliments the other, both bearing the message that Jesus is the Christ, and that through His Atonement, we are able to grow and become the people that our loving Heavenly Father wants us to be. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of His children and wants us all to return to Him. I am thankful to know how to return to His presence, and I'm excited to share this knowledge with the good people of Baltimore. I know that by excercising faith, adhering to the commandments found in the scriptures, and following the loving promptings of the Holy Spirit, people will find a smile within themselves that will last for an eternity.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the church my whole life, and have always lived in the same house. Therefore, I feel a very strong sense of family and community within my church and town. I'm very proud of the building that we have to worship in; my grandfather and great uncle built the first stage of it by themselves. I'm grateful for the opportunities I have to take good care of our building by cleaning, because it's kind of my way of thanking them for providing us with a place to worship as a ward. Currently within the church, I am a recently-called missionary, one who is called of God to preach the Gospel full-time for 2 years. I will soon be leaving for Baltimore, Maryland on my mission, and am looking forward to meeting the people there and learning to love them as Christ does. I have been preparing for this mission for years through diligent study of the scriptures and actively attending church. Oftentimes an opportunity presents itself within the church when I am able to help someone through charitable service, whether it's moving someone into a new home, doing yard work, or just spending some meaningful time with someone who feels lonely. Doing things like this not only brings out that smile in people that I simply adore, but it also helps me realize the good things I can do with my life, and that makes my heart smile too. No amount of money or tangible reward can stand up to the spiritual reward I find within myself whenever I can love and serve others, as the Savior would do.