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Hi I'm Sam

I'm passionate about global environmental health and cooperation. I adore East Asia. I love mangoes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a mission for the church in Korea, taking a two year hiatus from college in order to do so. My studies center around East Asia and the environment, and it is my eventual goal to work with colleagues in China and Korea to combat the environmental and energy issues that these great nations are struggling with. I love to be outside. I love to climb mountains and see the wildflowers. I love to kayak across beautiful lakes in the evening light. I love to take a wonderful book out under a tree, read, and ponder. I love to play. I love the cello, although I am by no means a great player. I love to fence, to lunge, to think. I love baseball, the thrill of that beautiful play, the pressure, the ambience. But most of all, I love the gospel. Without the numerous gifts of our Heavenly Father, including our bodies, our agency, this Earth, our opportunities, everything--I would be nothing. His generosity allows each of us to choose our own way and follow what we love, eventually returning to live with Him.

Why I am a Mormon

The Atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is central to our religion, and provides the ability to repent, to be made whole, and to live eternally with our Father in Heaven. All of the unfathomable blessings of Christ’s sacrifice are available to all those who live in faithful accordance with his principles, humble ourselves before Him, and endure, trusting in our Lord, to the end. The Mormon church teaches to the world is that each one of us is invited to come into the fold of Christ; to walk into His arms and feel the safety, purity, and absolute goodness that He emanates. I know that God loves us. I know that He has a plan for us, and that we may be saved in His mercy and His goodness. I know that Jesus Christ, His son, died on the cross, the poignant and perfect end to a life filled only with goodness. I know that today God has blessed us with a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to direct us, and that in 1820, Joseph Smith truly did kneel down to pray, and saw God the Father and the Son. I know with all of my heart that God loves each and every one of us, and knows our aspirations and our weaknesses, but most importantly, our strengths, our gifts, and our potential as His children. Because of this, He sent His Only Begotten son to die for us, that we may be cleansed of the sins that arise as a result of our imperfection and mortality here on Earth. Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, walked a long, difficult, and lonely path, full of suffering and persecutions of every kind, but always, always, He remained true. Because He walked alone, we now never need be ourselves. The sting of death and sin is swallowed up in the goodness of our Savior. Of us, the Redeemer spoke words of consolation, saying, “I will not leave you comfortless: [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].” He wants us to be happy, and our suffering and afflictions will be “but a small moment” if we but turn our eyes to God and let His love permeate our very beings.

How I live my faith

Before I left for Korea, I once more knelt down for myself and asked God, if this Gospel be true, to confirm it unto me. I received again a sweet affirmation, and I knew that God loved me, that the Gospel was indeed true, and that I was blessed to have such knowledge. This knowledge is an incredible blessing in my own life, and is a bright light when difficulties arise, a crutch when the journey is long, and a shared yoke when the burden is heavy. In order to share God’s message with others, we must, both as full-time missionaries and as the Lord’s servants in whatever place or occupation we may be, take upon ourselves the name of Christ. We must seek to know Him on a personal level so that we can do His will, put Him first in our lives, and stand as “witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places.” Thus, it simply means that our hearts are always full of love. We are promised that: “As [we] are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light . . . [we] may have eternal life.” Secondly, we need to put our respect for God above our fear of man. As Christ performed miracles and taught of His doctrine, He was “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." He did everything for the glory of His father and to grant us the ability to return to live with Him without fear for what earthly consequences could have and did come. If we take upon ourselves His name, then, and seek to be like Him, we must put aside worldly fears, realize what He went through for our sake, and be more empathetic because of this, and, because we love Him, to keep His commandments. Above all, let us all live so that we may, at the pleasing bar of judgment, turn with confidence to our Lord Jesus Christ and say: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) I have honored thy name.