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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a neuroscience major. I love apple pie, music, and adventures in the outdoors. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the Great White North. I love being out in the fresh mountain air. I am the oldest of four children. I have three sisters. I like adventures and exploring new places. I like hiking and experiencing the outdoors. I enjoy music and I play the piano. I am a neuroscience major at BYU. I hope to go to medical school and become a neurologist. I like to study languages. I have been called to serve a mission in Mexico.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and have always been a member of it. I have developed my own conviction of its truthfulness. It is because of this conviction that I continue to live what I have been taught and what I have studied. Jesus taught that "by their fruits ye shall know them." The blessings and positive outcomes I have experienced from living the Gospel has given me the knowledge that this is a good organization that is led by God and that it is true. The commandments we are given are not chains that hold us back but foundations on which we can build ourselves upon. We have living prophets who teach us the word of God. By following these teachings I know I am given strength from God to follow Him and keep my faith burning bright.

How I live my faith

I enjoy being actively involved in our Church. I have had responsibilities in organizing music and participating in the ward choir and ward leadership. I try my best to live the teachings of the Gospel daily by reading the scriptures, which include the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and praying. I put effort towards developing love for those around me and serving them in simple ways. Being a Christian, I study the teachings of Christ and exert my best efforts in applying them.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Sam
God is the literal Father of our spirits. He is perfectly kind, loving, merciful, and understanding. He respects our ability to choose right or wrong. However, it is only by living in harmony with His commandments that He is able to help us. With so much turmoil in the world, people may wonder why He does not intervene. This world is full of opposition and trials and is not designed to be easy. These are necessary aspects of mortality. Many problems are also caused by the choices of people, and seeing as God respects our ability to make choices, He will not intervene to limit that ability. It is a true principle that there must be a consequence for each choice and bad choices bring harmful consequences. Despite these challenges, God is willing to help us through them--our personal adversity as well as the challenges of mortality. It is by seeking to follow God that He gives us the power to overcome. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Sam
The name ¨Mormon¨ is only a nickname for our church. That name comes from the fact that we believe that the Book of Mormon is scripture. The true name of it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We recognize ourselves as Christians because we worship Jesus Christ as our Head, our Leader, and our Guide. Everything we do as members of our church is focussed on Him. We live to serve Him and become like Him. He is the Light to which we look and follow. His teachings which are found in the scriptures are our guide to happiness and hope. We know that it is only through Him that we can obtain salvation and live with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Sam
Joseph Smith is a central figure in our religion. We recognize him as a prophet, just as any other found in the scriptures. He was the prophet of the Restoration, which was the organization of Jesus Christ´s church again on the earth. We do not worship him but we regard him highly as he was a man chosen of the Lord to perform this great responsibility. He restored the same church that Jesus Christ organized, with prophets, apostles, revelation, and the priesthood (the authority to act in God´s name). He translated ancient records which were written by prophets in the Americas to allow us to have the Book of Mormon. It is through him that we have truth again on the earth today. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Sam
The Holy Ghost is a spirit that helps us to progress in our mortal life and is the agent that helps us to develop our relationship with our Heavenly Father. After baptism, we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost which is the promise to have Him to always be with us as long as we are living righteously. He is a member of the Godhead, along with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He testifies of Them and of spiritual truth and teaches us through thoughts and feelings. He also provides comfort at difficult times in life and guides us in making decisions. The Holy Ghost gives feelings of love, peace, joy, and hope. Often, feeling the Holy Ghost is described as a warm feeling inside the chest. The Holy Ghost always leads us to come closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and if we follow the impressions we receive from Him we will obtain happiness. Show more Show less