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Hi I'm Samm

I'm a zany, oddly optimistic and theatrical girl. I like peaches. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a member of a wonderfully mixed-up family with 7 siblings spread across the United States, stemming from two parents who are divorced, but get along famously. I've moved 15 times in my life, and my mom has a real love of inviting people over; salesmen, missionaries from various religions, the homeless... and in all of that hubbabullo I've learned to get along with anyone and everyone I meet. :) As a thespian at heart I find myself in a lot of adventures in what would, on the surface, appear to be bland, everyday situations (all dishes need dramatic music to be hummed to them during washing, otherwise they rise up in rebellion and try to conquer my kitchen) and so it's a pretty good thing that I'm studying Theatre Education in college right now. :) I love all aspects of the theatre, and I have written and directed my own production, battled on the technical front, and acted in several high school, community and college productions. On the flip side of my artsy soul is music; I love to sing, which is something anyone on my college campus could testify to because I frequently walk around singing in public! I plan to eventually obtain a Masters Degree, but as much as I want to be a theatre teacher, I want to be a mother even more. I hope to one day marry in the Temple and raise a family who are as interested in life as they are interesting (and if they're my kids, they'll probably be plenty interesting). I just feel like life is too joyous not to be lived every day.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it brings me joy! My mom has battled Multiple Sclerosis my whole life, and from the time I was born she taught me that God gives us trials because He loves us and He wants us to become better. Boy, has that come in handy! As a convert to the Church, whose parents love and support her, but disagree with her choice in religion, I've had a bit of an upward hill to climb in my decision to live the Mormon life, but I testify that nothing has ever made me happier. I love searching the scriptures and learning about the life and ministry of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love kneeling in prayer each night and knowing without a shadow of a doubt someone is listening who not only knows the best parts of me (some of which I have yet to discover), but who knows my weaknesses, fears and failings, and has an incredible plan of happiness to help me overcome those things! I love how I feel after I get inspired to give someone a hug, or to listen to their troubles and the Lord is able to use that to lift that person out of their suffering and loneliness. And I love the incredible feelings of peace, hope, and excitement that the gospel brings. What can be more exciting than to know that God knows you personally and that you have a glorious destiny in this life and the next? To know that your family can be together forever, as a family with the same relationships formed here on Earth? To know that the Savior loved you enough to atone for your sins so that you could receive forgiveness and that He didn't just die for you, but that He lives for you again so that you will break the chains of death? Nothing brings me more joy than these things. I know the full gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored again to this Earth. I testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon; it testifies of Jesus Christ and has brought me closer to Him every time I read from it. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet today. And it brings me so much joy.

How I live my faith

Well right now I'm preparing put my education, talents and serious relationship with my Theatre History textbook on hold and serve a full time mission in the southern United States. As a missionary I will be going out to serve and love the good people in my mission in whatever way I can, whether in physical service like yard work or in spiritual service like sharing my testimony of the reality of the love of Jesus Christ and how it has worked in my life. In tandem with that, I am also the second counselor over the women's organization (called Relief Society) in my student ward. Which basically means I am in charge of finding and training teachers for the Relief Society lessons on Sunday, planning and organizing extra activities on weeknights so that the girls can get to know each other and grow closer together, and trying to keep up with every one of them (about a hundred or so) to make sure they're not drowning in their finals or in other kinds of stress (like boys [the most stressful thing of all]), and to help strengthen and solidify their testimonies through my love and care. It's a full time job, and I get paid the big bucks, let me tell you! (All callings in the church are unpaid, volunteer based. But the blessings are phenomenally worth it.) On a simpler level, though, I live my faith through small acts of obedience and kindness. Each morning I wake up half an hour earlier than I need to so that I can search the scriptures and talk to my Heavenly Father. Every day I try my hardest to keep my eyes open to the people around me so that I can offer a smile, compliment or word of friendly encouragement as I feel prompted, and each night I kneel and try to repent of the mistakes that I have made and express my gratitude to my loving Heavenly Father for all He has blessed me with, especially the gift of his Son, and for the Atoning sacrifice that His Son performed so that I could repent and become a better person.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The same way I figured it out! Both of my parents aren't members of the church, and so I had little exposure to it growing up. However, when the missionaries came a knockin' (and my mom, who has an inherent need to feed and care for all of God's creatures, even if she thinks their religion is wrong, let them in so that she could fatten those skinny missionaries up) I listened to the words that they taught with an open mind. When they invited me to do something, like read from the Book of Mormon, attend church, or pray for answers from my Heavenly Father, I did it! Why? Because it made me feel good! I remember a huge wave of opposition hitting when I started investigating seriously, friendships hit the rocks for no apparent reason, I was oddly discouraged and depressed a lot of the time and I felt like the whole world was out to get me, but as soon as I did those things that the missionaries challenged me to do, I was allowed a respite from those feelings. Satan will try to discourage you because he's kind of the biggest jerk face in the known universe, he doesn't want you to be happy! But God does, and He has given us the commandments so that we could be happy, and if you stick to them you will be, and you will know for yourself that the things those skinny, young, sometimes socially awkward, boys testify to you are true. Why would thousands of us put the most vital years of life on hold if they weren't? Keep the commandments and ask your Heavenly Father. He'll let you know. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that families are the most precious things that we can create in this world. We believe that Heavenly Father has created a plan which, through the goodness of our Savior, Jesus Christ, allows us to keep them throughout eternity. Families are sanctioned of God, and are the greatest organization on the Earth when they strive to follow the commandments the Lord has laid out for them, like loving one another, avoiding contention and seeking all manner of righteousness. When I think of the most precious times in my life, all of them involve my family, and all of my most exciting and dear wishes involve the family that I hope to one day create with a righteous husband. To me, family is Heaven, and a place where my family is not, simply isn't. On this Earth there comes a time when we have to part from our family members temporarily, I recently lost my Grandpa to cancer, but through this great plan of happiness there is a way to reunite with those lost, and have not one iota of that relationship lost. When I see my Grandpa again, I know that he will be my Grandpa, and not some strange and aloof agent of Heaven, I can think of no better reunion. I am so grateful for a Heavenly Father who has provided a way for me to be with my family forever. I testify of the power and sanctity of families, they are truly ordained of God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Music is my favorite proof of God's existence. Swirling piano concertos, awe-inspiring classic symphonies, swinging big band brass, soulful gospel, African chants, and even popular music with clean and uplifting lyrics... all of these things and more testify to me of a God who not only is freaking awesome, but of one who loves His children and all of their differences. I love a statement from Johannes Brahms (A 19th century composer); when asked about inspiration, Brahms replied, "I immediately feel vibrations that thrill my whole being. These are the Spirit illuminating the soul power within, and in this exalted state, I see clearly what is obscure in my ordinary moods. Then I feel capable of drawing inspiration from above, as Beethoven did. Straightway the ideas flow in upon me directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind’s eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration. Measure by measure the finished product is revealed to me when I am in those rare, inspired moods. The power from which all truly great composers, like Mozart, Schubert, Bach, and Beethoven, drew their inspiration is the same power that enabled Jesus to work his miracles. It is the power that created our earth and the whole universe." I testify of the Great Conductor of our lives, who loves our unique melody and composes magnificent harmonies to compliment it, if only we trust and follow His conducting. Show more Show less