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Hi I'm Sam

I grew up in Birmingham and I'm an Aston Villa fan. I work as a Banker in the City of London and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a regular-Joe, a relative nobody but a specific somebody: a husband to a beautiful wife, a father to 3 amazing children, a keen footballer, snow boarder and now golfer. I love movies and anything produced by Christopher Nolan or written by Aaron Sorkin. Ask me about the West Wing and after 5 minutes you'll start to look nervously for an exit strategy... I lived in Spain for 2 years after having studied the language to A-level. I consider myself fluent, though a little rusty. I enjoy the rural life of Leighton Buzzard - with its links to the city but note that whilst you can take the boy out of the city, you can never take the city out of the boy.

Why I am a Mormon

So many I have spoken to surprise me by explaining they are closet believers, or at least have the desire to believe in God. At times of joy and sadness, suffering or grieving, they reach out to their idea of God and seek direction and comfort. When those times pass, they remind themselves how disenfranchised they are by organised religion and never explore life beyond that initial shout for joy or cry for help. I totally get that. I am so grateful for my faith in Jesus Christ. It centres my life on a single ideal: that following His example and His teachings will bring me direction, hope, and a moral compass with which I can navigate my life. It gives me belief in an after-life where families and friendships can be forever. 'Til death do you part,' would fill me with dread. My faith teaches me to hope for a better world. As a husband and a father, my faith helps protect me and my family - especially my kids - from an increasingly decadent world of moral relativism. Intellectual arguments aside, I feel that a quiet and unassuming lifestyle, built on a foundation of faith, works best for me. My faith helps me not take myself too seriously. It allows me to avoid self-pity, or excessive piety, and seek forgiveness when my own poor choices trip me up. That is perhaps the most reassuring part of my faith - that even a regular Joe like me can have his prayers answered and his hope restored!

How I live my faith

My Christian faith is central to who I am. With the passing of the years and the thinning of my hair, I have explored my faith more and more. I have relied on it through good times and bad, and through it I have found a rich source of identity, direction and strength. Talking about it in this 'open' format is an interesting thing for something that is so personal. My wife and I were married in 2004 and we continue to share the same hopes and dreams for the future. We live our faith one day at a time - striving to create a safe environment for our children, safeguarding home and family - all built on a loving marriage and a shared sense of humour. The working week can be long and drawn out and so we love being together on daytrips or holidays, movie nights or just general horseplay. Sundays we head to Church and do our best to prevent our youngest from crawling under the chairs and upsetting the elderly. Jen and I both give of our time and take opportunities to serve - be it large scale projects or small meaningful acts of kindness. Church life provides opportunity to act on the faith we have - and presents a real sense of community and friendship with other normal folk just doing their best one day at a time.