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Hi I'm Samantha

I live in Aldershot, I’m a Christian and I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I was born and bred in Aldershot, in England. My family consisted of my mum and dad, my two older sisters and me. We weren’t particularly religious but I was interested in God and Jesus and soaked up all the good influences around me. My Nan, who lived close by, was one of sixteen children and she used to show me photographs and tell me about her childhood and family. I so wanted to meet them. My Nan also quietly lived her faith and was a good example to me. I remember when I stayed at her house being curled up in bed peeking at her kneeling, whispering her prayers. Nan would play and sing hymns and naturally talk about God and Jesus. Before I was old enough to go to school she used to take me to the Salvation Army’s over 60’s meeting. I loved it, especially the singing and still cherish her songbook. I also had a Bible Stories book that I liked looking at and enjoyed the spiritual aspects of school assemblies and the Girls Brigade as well as Bible films and programmes on television like ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘Jesus of Nazareth’. As a teenager I really started to search and started looking into different beliefs and visited different places and talked to people of various beliefs.

Why I am a Mormon

‘Would you like to be happier?’ asked the missionary at the close of a questionnaire I was taking part in. ‘Yes,’ I replied. I had the missionaries visit and they taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how His church has been restored. I attended church with them and it felt good. I started reading the Book of Mormon and felt it couldn’t have been written by an unschooled farm boy, it was scripture from God. I visited the Temple grounds. I started living the principles I was being taught. I did feel happier and in due time I was baptised. That was over twenty years ago. I’m glad I was baptised and that I have been a part of the church ever since. Jesus Christ has changed my life and I am happier. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ affects all aspects of my life which means all aspects of my life are getting better! It’s not just a Sunday thing for me. I like to pray and study the scriptures alone, with my husband, with my daughter and altogether as a family and at meal times and anytime I feel like a hug from God. I love being a part of the church in Aldershot. We’ve been through a lot together over the years – births, deaths and marriages and a lot of highs and lows in between which has drawn us closer together. We have no paid ministry so we all have different roles to carry out. I love it when I am asked to teach the women’s group. I love to worship in the Temple. The love of family instilled in me by Nan continues as I research our family history. I strive to follow Jesus Christ and try to do as he would have me do. I’m not perfect of course and I make mistakes but I know I can change when I make a mistake – that’s what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about- He loves us and can help us change our very natures not just our behaviour.