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Hi I'm Samuel McFarland

I'm Sam. I was raised on a 5000 acre ranch outside a very small town in Oregon. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up on a large ranch naturally I love hunting, fishing, riding horses, and all animals in general. I just finished my first semester at BYU-Idaho where I began studying Veterinary Science. Ever since I was young I've always wanted to be a Vet and that hasn't changed. My love for animals combined with my desires to be an entrepreneur are just a few of the reasons I long to start my own Veterinary practice someday. I love to learn. I find that there is rarely something that I am not interested in learning about. I dream of traveling the world and seeing everything that's in it. I play the French Horn and performed in various ensembles growing up. There's something about playing a piece of music with a group of like-minded musicians that love music as much as you do that I never get tired of. My family defines who I am so much. In my family there is 9 children and I could never have dreamed of a better way. Most of us would definitely agree that it was never a dull moment. Whether or not that was always pleasant is up for debate, but when you have that many people in one house that are all so different exciting things are bound to happen.

Why I am a Mormon

I sometimes wonder if I hadn't been blessed with parents that were both active members, if this church was something I ever would have found on my own. Growing up a lot of my peers wondered why I went to church with my parents all the time and why I was letting them write out my life story for me. In a lot of whys I totally agreed with them! It took me a long time and until my senior year in high school before I really started to decide if the church was something I wanted to have in my life. I'd been a part of the church the whole time I was growing up but I had to ask myself if it was really something I'd want to live the rest of my life. When I thought about it I realized that no matter how hard my parents tried they couldn't make me choose something I didn't believe in. We frequently make a separation in LDS society between "converts" and "non-converts. To me though I know that even though I was raised in the church I too am a convert just as much as those unfamiliar to the church until baptism because it had to be MY choice and no one could make it for me. After praying, and asking myself if our teachings aren't true there was no way I could deny it. I'd witnessed how much it had influenced my life and the life of others. I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father blesses us each and every day when we do that which is right, and even when we don't take the time to notice. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet that saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that they instructed him that he would bring about Christ's church in the latter days, and oh am I thankful he did! Finally, I testify that I know we are here on this earth for a reason and that it is no accident. I know there is a plan for us and that Jesus Christ died and suffered for our sins so that we can repent and have eternal life. Never in our lives do we ever have to be alone because no matter what the circumstance we can pray for guidance and our prayers are not only heard, but answered.

How I live my faith

I'm currently preparing to serve a full-time mission in Montevideo, Uruguay. I'll be leaving April the 11th and I can't wait!