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Hi I'm Sam

I'm creative and a bit of a nerd. I sing, read, write poetry, and make chainmaille jewelry. I am proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I am the eldest of two children. I was born in England, and although I live in America I retain a love of all things British. I have graduated from high school and am now working part time at an ice cream shop and taking some local college classes on the side as I prepare for my mission. I'm planning on training to become a teacher after my mission, either of history or chemistry. I love music and singing, reading and writing (especially fantasy and poetry), intellectual discussion, and being with my friends. I'm somewhat old-fashioned, nerdy, and unusual; but at the heart of it, I'm just an everyday LDS teen striving towards excellence.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church; when I turned 8, I chose to be baptised and confirmed a member. I believed it to be true, and everything I have experienced since has strengthened that belief. I have defended my beliefs against critics and have seen that they defy all argument against them, so I believe them to make sense. I have found peace and joy time and time again in its precepts, and so I know, with all my heart, that they are true. I have endured significant hardships in my life, and continue to do so, because the gospel principles place me in a position of strength against adversity, and because I am blessed with the strength I need by my Father in Heaven. He cares for and loves us, and He wants us to become greater than anything we can concieve of. I have apprenticed myself to Him, and now I shall walk by His light in safety, until I return home to Him and am filled by His glory.

How I live my faith

I'm not just a Mormon on Sundays; as my friends would tell you, its a constant part of my life. I put my standards first at all times, and I've found that doing so helps me in many other aspects of my life. I've experienced firsthand the joy that comes from living the Gospel, and I'm always willing to help others to learn about the principles and beliefs I hold sacred. At church, I bless or pass the sacrament most weeks. I also teach the 7 year olds' class, helping them to be prepared to understand and keep the gospel once they are baptised and become full members of the church.

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

Sam
I can see the evidence of the Lord my God all around me, every day. Nature is filled with wonders, infinite and infinitely small, that hold beauty beyond the simple evolution of chance. Colour tells me there is a God. We do not need it; indeed, there are species and people who do well enough without the ability to see some or all colours. And so the joy I receive when I view the vibrant daffodil, the muted splendor of the crimson rose, and the whole wondrous spectrum of greens and blues and tints and tones and shades tell me that there is a God on high, and that He cares for our happiness. I have seen my Father in the sun and the storm; I have heard his voice in rivers and requiems. He has stood by me always. He is in all things, and I am His. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Sam
Faith is a type of belief that does not rely on logic or indisputable evidence. This is not the same as following blindly, though. Faith is, at heart, the willingness to act on something we believe in without understanding everything about it. Allow me to give you an example: Consider the fact that you eat and drink every day. Now, science can tell us all sorts of things about why we need food and drink; about vitamins and minerals, proteins, hydration, and so on. But before science could tell us these things, people still ate food and drank water every day. If science discovered that the whole vitamin thing was wrong, we would still eat and drink every day. And why? Because we hunger and thirst, and we know that food and water satisfy our hunger and thirst. Now consider the commandments that members of the LDS church obey. Some of them, such as the commandment not to smoke, make sense to us, because we know about the negative impacts smoking can have. Others commandments, however, we cannot explain. They may seem pointless, or even contrary to common wisdom. However, we continue to follow them. Why? Because we don't need to know why. We feel within us the truth of the gospel, as though it were a hunger. We know that keeping these commandments is part of the true gospel. We don't need to understand the details because the faith we have assures us that, whatever the reason may be, the commandment is good for us. Show more Show less