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Hi I'm Sameul Paul Owens

I grew up in Mesa Arizona, I love video games, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years of age, i am currently on a mission for the LDS church and i will be going to Brisbane Australia. I enjoy reading books, playing video games, playing sports, and hanging out with my family. I am a convert to the church of two years, it was a rough transition at first but i am very glad that i have made the choice to endure these trials that the Lord has put in front of me. I grew up in a catholic family on my moms side and a christian family on my dads side, my parents have been divorced since i was 4, so i kind of bounced back and forth from the two faiths for a long time, then i found myself looking for something more and i found it here in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had a girlfriend for three years before i made the choice to go on a mission, we are still dating (she is out on a mission as well) it was quiet possibly the hardest choice i have ever had to make to leave her and go out to a foriegn world for two years, but i know that she is proud of me for doing it and I do not regret the decision to do so, my mission has been a great choice.

Why I am a Mormon

There were two reasons why i decided to joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The first reason and dont go jumping ahead of yourselves here but, my current girlfriend invited me to attend her chruch one week and at the time i had been kind of looking around other churches to see what else was out there. Now we were not dating at the time but you bet i sure had a crush on her hahaha. Well the following sunday after she asked, had arrived, and i was a bit nervous, because i was going to a new church, i liked the girl, and her father stared at me in the rearview mirror the whole way to church. So we got there, and for those of you who dont know, there are three blocks of church, each an hour long. the first sessoin consist of of sacrament meeting and announcments. the second block (in our ward, not the same in all wards) the men and woman seperate and have their own lessons, and at the time I was 16 and i went to young mens (the classes are based on age) and in young mens there was a story told titled "Five Dollar Lawn" good story look it up. that story really connected to me on a very deap level because i was goingthrough a tough time in my life, and i felt something that day and i did not know what it was, i soon came to find out it was the Gift of the Holy Ghost, comforting me in my time of need. Now the other way I came into my faith was because my brother had invited the missionaries over one day, and i joined in with them and as i did so i listened to what they had to say, and they told me that there really is a God out there and that He loves me, that He has restored His true church here on earth today. As they told me these things i felt that strange, yet good feeling again, and i knew it was the spirit testifying to me the truth of what they were telling me. i truly believe that this is the true church of Jesus Christ and that He speaks to us through prophets who guide us. I testify that unto you in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Well one of the ways is that I was a ward missionary, which basically means that I would go around and help others in my ward with any problems or needs they have. I try and stay on top of my scriptures daily and I pray every day to thank the Lord for alll that He has given me. Currently the best way I am living my faith is by being out on my mission, i have learned so much, and most of all grown the be a better man right now. i help others in every aspect of their lives, but mostly by inviting them to come unto to Christ by helping the recieve the restored gospel, through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement. We (missionaries) help others repent and turn over a new leaf, then help them get baptised so they can recieve the spirit of the Lord, which will help them endure to the end and help them get over the tough times in life.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Sameul Paul Owens
Tithing is an interesting thing to those who are not used to this concept. Many look at it as a way for our church just to get rich off of its members, that is far from the truth. The tithing that is paid does go to funding many things for the church, but what most people don't know is how much of it goes to helping those not of our faith. All over the world the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints reaches out and helps where they can. When hurricane katrina hit, our church was the first response of help to the disaster, $millions were used to provide food, clothing, medicine, and other support to those in need. There is a current project going on where our church is drilling water wells in places like Africa where the rivers are riddled with disease and cannot be used to drink, so we are drilling fresh water wells near villages who are also too spread out from the other main water sources, and are saving people from walking a couple miles with jugs of water in the hot sun. I do not mean to sound boastful if i do, but there are many misconceptions to what our church does with its tithing money, and i find it important for others to know what really happens with our money. It is used to not just keep our electricity going, but it is used to help those who cannot help themselves. Show more Show less