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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a writer, a humanitarian, and a Mormon.

About Me

I like to think of myself as a humanitarian. In the year 2012 I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to West Bengal, India with 24 other teenagers on a humanitarian aid trip. While there, we were able to teach English classes at the "schools" (consisting of dusty concrete and half of a makeshift roof) as well as provide medical relief and recreational activities for the impoverished youth of India. My life was forever changed through this trip, and I have a strong desire to devote my time and attention to bettering the lives of those who, despite having nothing, are happier than anybody else I've seen.

Why I am a Mormon

Knowledge is amazing, and it's something we should definitely seek after, but we need to remember that faith always needs to be the main factor. What would be the point of being here if we knew everything? Nothing! God wants us to learn and grow, and to have these experiences for ourselves. He wants us to choose for ourselves to follow Him. If we knew 100% that He is there and that this is His church, then this whole test would be for naught. The only way you can find out for yourself if this truly is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is by praying. People say that all the time, and I'm sure you're sick of hearing it. I was too. I'd prayed many a time and just wasn't feeling it. But it's only when you're 100% sincere that the answer comes, as it did for me. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know that this is the true church, and I want to be able to live with my family and my Heavenly Father again. Living this gospel is the only way for me to accomplish this.

How I live my faith

I grew up in this church, but even with all of the knowledge that I grew up with, a time came in my teenage years when I needed to decide for myself whether I believed it or not. I had always gone to church and prayed and said that I "knew this church was true" but was I sure that I knew what I was doing? My own faith was being questioned. So I decided to read the Book of Mormon to see, and I came across the scripture Alma 32:27 which says to test the teachings of this church "even if you can no more than desire to believe." That's where I was at. I didn't know. I didn't even know if I believed it at all. But I WANTED to know. So I tested it out. I started reading the Book of Mormon daily. I started listening more intently in my church meetings to see what else I could test and act on. I prayed harder and harder that I could know. As I did so, I could see a difference. I truly realized that I believed. It all felt right; nothing was out of place. I could feel the Holy Ghost testifying that what I was doing was exactly what my Father in Heaven wanted me to be doing and so I continued on that path. The time came when I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time on my own. I took Moroni's challenge which says to pray about it and ask if it is true or not. I did so. As I finished my question to my Heavenly Father, a warm feeling came over me and words popped into my head that I am sure I did not put there. They said, "Have I not shown you the truthfulness already?" and I realized that I have known that it was true for a long, long time because of how I had tested it out throughout my life. Sure questions arose and I doubted for a little, but what I felt and what I learned I know were real! Those doubts don't need to hold me back any longer. The Book of Mormon is true! The feelings of happiness that accompany that book and the teachings it contains are not found anywhere else. You can come closer to Christ by living its teachings than any other way. It's TRUE!

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement is easily the most beautiful part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God knew that coming to Earth with agency (free will) would mean that we would all make mistakes. Since no unclean thing can live with God, He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, to come to Earth, live a perfect life, and then take upon himself the punishment for all of our sins. This sacrifice, which we call the Atonement, allows us to be forgiven for our mistakes and to avoid the punishment of not returning to live with God. It is for this very reason that everything we do in this church is centered of Jesus Christ; it is only through him and the sacrifice he made that we can hope to return to live with God again. Show more Show less