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Hi I'm Sam

I grew up in Portland, Oregon. I am finishing my Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a poor, poor graduate student finishing up a Master's at the University of Utah. I am not a vegetarian. I love to run, listen to music, go camping when it's warm outside, and I'm up for anything that involves riding around on the back of a motorcycle. I eat more treats then the average person. Right now, I am a graduate student speech clinician at an elementary school, and I am about to start an externship at a hospital, where I will be treating people who have sustained injuries or experienced medical issues that have affected their ability to communicate. I'm excited about what the future holds and can't wait to get started!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since the day I was born, and I'm not sure that when I was younger I always appreciated it or understood it's role as fully as I could have. As I have gotten older, though, I have come to realize that it is more than an identifier, or a set of beliefs. The teachings of the church are the source of every good thing in my life. The sense of peace and fulfillment that I find as I study my scriptures, go to the temple, attend my church meetings, and share things that I learn with those close to me has become invaluable. As I implement the teachings and principles I've learned from the church and it's leaders, I see the blessings and benefits in my life, and I am happy. The gospel gives me the insight and perspective I need to be able to navigate my way through my life and make the choices that lead me to where I need to be. And it is the only thing I know of that can heal mental, physical, and emotional hurts, both those that are inflicted upon you, and those that you may have inflicted upon others. It gives me the courage to keep on keepin' on.

How I live my faith

As a student in Provo, Utah, I attend church each Sunday with other men and women my age who live in my general area (my 'ward' boundaries). There, we are able to learn about Christ and his teachings. I live my faith by trying to be true to these teachings, because I know that as I do so, my life, and the lives of those around me, will be blessed. There are also opportunities to gather together with the members of my ward, or to attend Institute classes throughout the week. Each member of the ward holds a 'calling' or has a specific job that they are called to do. These help the ward run smoothly, and provide us with opportunities to serve each other and others in the community. It is through service like this that I am able to learn how to love others as Christ does and to live my life a little closer to the way He lived His.