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Hi I'm Samantha

I am a mother of eight and a grandma of fifteen. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a wife and mother and grandmother. My husband and I have been married for 30+ years and have found joy in walking through life together. There have been a lot of excitement and fun times while raising our family of eight, but he always promised to keep my life interesting and he has.

Why I am a Mormon

My growing up years were rocky with divorce and family members not making wise choices around me. Being somewhat of an observant child I knew Heavenly Father sent me here for a purpose and it was not to make the same mistakes that were being made all around me. My family were inactive members and I did not know very much about the church, but I knew that Heavenly Father loved me and wanted me to follow the Savior through my life. With this knowledge I went forth and started going to church and learning about what was expected of me and I have never looked back since.

How I live my faith

I have served in a lot of callings in the church for all of my adult life, and through these callings I have felt the refiner's fire working on me to refine me into the person I have become. I am a lot more patient and accepting and willing to forgive those who offend me than I was growing up. My priorities have shifted and I am not looking for the "glory" of a job or task, but rather what I can give back to those around me and those I serve. I have a lot more refining to go to become more like the Savior, but at least I am on the right track.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Samantha
Attending church on Sundays is a weekly activity that involves everyone. Anyone can attend our church meetings and are welcome to do so. We do try hard to make people feel comfortable, but occasionally we forget and fall into our "Mormon lingo". If that happens to you just kindly ask you neighbor what they are talking about and they will gladly explain. Sunday services include partaking of the sacrament. The sacrament is a priesthood ordinance where we partake of a morse of bread and a sip of water to remind us of the atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ and to renew our promise to always remember Him in our daily lives. Attending the temple is different. We do not partake of the sacrament in the temple, and all who enter the temple have proven a basic level of worthiness to enter therein by firstly becoming members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You need to have been baptised for at least one year to qualify for a temple recommend, this and have two worthiness interviews with your bishop and a member of the Stake Presidency. These interviews are meant to see if you have a basic testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and undrstanding of the gospel. The temple is a sacred place, a holy place where only those who have strong faith are allowed to enter. The temple is where other sacred ordinaces are performed that allow the individual to progress even futher towards becoming more like the Savior than before. Show more Show less

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

Samantha
I read my sriptures daily. I read with the question of "What is Heavenly Father trying to teach me by this? ' in my mind. I have had some of the most powerful spiritual experiences by reading my scriptures each day. I receive inspiration about the things I need to do in my life while I am reading. I also receive a lot of insight of the life of the Savior and how he has been an example for me to follow by reading the scriptures. I have gotten a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ because I read the scriptures. I would not be the same if I didn't read the scriptures. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Samantha
Mormon women are very much like all women everywhere who have a desire to keep the Lord's commandments and raise a family of individuals who have their own testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are equal partners with our spouses, but we have different roles. In our family we have traditonal roles with me staying at home and being here for our children, my husband providing for our family. But I know others who are good members of the church that do things differently and raise good kids and have a great marriage and keep testimonies strong in the church. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Samantha
I attribute the growth of the church to the truth working on the hearts of people. We are all born with the Spirit of Christ, which helps us all to recognize truth. When we find truth we want to hang on to it and keep it close, and build upon that truth. This is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is the truth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Samantha
We believe that baptism is a saving ordinance, one that is required to enter the Kingdom of God. It ia an ordinance that must be performed in the flesh. There are a lot of people who have died without a knowledge of the church, who have not had the chance to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ in the flesh. We do vicarious baptisms by proxy for those individuals so that they can, if they choose, enter the Kingdom of God. They still have a choice to believe or not, but the ordinance is done so if they choose any restrictions are lifted and theycan continue on their progression. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Samantha
Mormon church services are a lot less complex than some other churches I have attended before. There is a lot less memorized words said and there is a lot that flows from the heart. The only memorized words are the words of the sacrament prayers. They are the same each and every time because this is an ordinance from God and must be perfect every time. So come to church and listen with your heart. You are not expected to know anything before you come and can come as often as you wish, we like people to come and visit with us. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Samantha
Ward and Branches are just congregations of people who live in near proximity to each other. Branches are smaller groupings and wards are a bit larger. A Stake is a larger grouping of a number of ward or branches (congregations) that live in a larger area, but still in somewhat of close proximity to each other. They all work and function together in building the saints in an area of the world. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Samantha
Faith in Jesus Christ influences in all of our relationships because as you have a strong desire to become as Christ andto live as Christ would want you to live you are kinder, more patient and able to roll with the punches that come along. You are also able to work on building family and relationships with others that will last not only for a little while, but rather for the rest of eternity. If we all have the same goal, becoming more like Christ, we are all moving along the same path and becoming closer in the process. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Samantha
We haven't always had a bible, but early in the years after the Savior was crucified, writings of the apostles were collected and rewritten and sent about the small fledgling church as words of inspiartion. Adding these writings to the writings of the Jewish faith gave us the old and new testaments. This collection that we call the Bible, a collection of books of sacred writings actually took hundreds of years to compile. It took a lot of learned men to translate these sacred writings into any language besides the Greek, Hebrew and Latin they were written in. In all of this translation there were mistakes made. These mistakes led man further and further from the truth of God. To get mankind back on track a restoration had to be made, to restore the truths of the gospel to the earth so that mankind would be able to follow Gods plan. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Samantha
The prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. There is a progression in the church that goes very orderly. Men are called and tried and given experiences that lead them to be in the position to be God's prophet. The Quorum of twelve apostles are all prophets, seers and revelators.They are all men of God who understand and know Him and will do His will here on the earth. When one prophet dies and the next is called, we as members are encouraged to pray for a personal witness that this man is truly called of God. This personal witness is what I can put my trust in. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God because of my personal witness from Heavenly Father that he truly is chosen of God. I am not encouraged to take someone elses word for it, I pray and ask for myself. Show more Show less

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

Samantha
What is the Mormon lifestyle like, it is a lot more peaceful. I know that there are a lot of peaceful people in the world, but as a Mormon I have a lot of spiritual freedom given to me because I live by the commandments of God. I do not have to worry about those in my family becoming intoxicated, or where they are choosing to spend their time. I know they are clean and sober as are all that they associate with. Even if our friends are not members of the church, they usually behave the way we behave when we are with them. Mormons live a clean life that is full of good things and activities. We work together to provide support for our children as they grow and we work hard to make sure that all within our influence are supported in their lives no matter what life throws at them. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Samantha
To increase our faith in Jesus Christ we need to use it. As Alma states in Alma 32:28-43 we need to plant it (the seed). This means trying to do what Heavenly Father wants us to do and seeing if this will be a good thing. I testify it is a great thing to live the way Heavenly Father asks us to live. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Samantha
We do not drink coffee, tea or alcohol because of a revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith that advised us as members to not do so. There is a lot of information on how this revelation came about, but I find that if a Prophet felt the need to ask and received revelation from Heavenly Father then I need to obey. Part of the revelation does state that "In consequence of evils and designs which do exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you and forwarn you..." this is a law with protection attached to save us from evil. Besides the immediate health benefits, extra protection is a big one for me to sign up for. I usually need all of the benefits and help I can get. So living with the word of wisdom for my health basics is easy. I will be clean and prtected from the evils of conspiring men (people). Show more Show less