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Hi I'm Sammie Jo Raymond

Im from Claremont, CA. Im going to BYU to study photography. I love traveling, running and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the baby of 5 kids in my family. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters, 3 of which are married in the temple. I have 3 nieces and a nephew on the way all of which are what my world revolves around right now. There is nothing more important to me then my family because they will never leave my side. Im only 18 years old at BYU but I have been through a lot of things that have tested my faith and now I have a strong knowledge that my Father in Heaven exists and that he is never leaving my side. I couldn't be more grateful for the gospel in my life and for the joy and love that it has brought to me. The world is a tough place with a lot of evil and I don't think I could have ever made it on my own without the Book of Mormon and prayer. I am a nanny and studying to be a photographer. I love what I do because being a photographer helps me look at all the beautiful things that God has created in this world. He gave us this beautiful earth and without the knowledge of him the world looks a lot less colorful and less exciting.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I have felt his love. Without the gospel in my life it becomes dark and lonely. When I was in high school I lost my way. I forgot his love and I forgot to remember him. I made many bad decisions that ultimately brought me to an all time low. I was sad and lonely, I thought I was happy because I was popular in school. Finally after continuing to make bad choices at a high school dance I was caught and my parents were called to come pick me up. Once my parents realized that I wasn't the same sparkly energetic girl as usual they helped me. One night after I decided to leave high school and continue with my education online, I was the most lonely I had ever felt in my life. I had let my parents down and my siblings. But after reading my scriptures, saying my prayers, and falling asleep I felt Gods love that night. I felt his comfort and hope for me. At that moment I knew he loved me and that I never wanted to let him down again. He is always there for me and his love for me is always there. I will never forget that feeling. Prayer is the answer and so the gospel. I am a mormon because I love my Father and I love his comfort.

How I live my faith

I love my faith by serving others and sharing the gospel every chance I get. I like to go out and do community service for the homeless in salt lake and talk to them about what we believe in. I am the visting teaching supervisor for my relief society in my ward here in provo. I love being able to do my visiting teach once a month because you never know whats really going on with someone until you get to know them. I don't believe in judging anyone because I have been there and I have been judged. The gospel is perfect but the people arent. I find joy in living my faith by reaching out to other so they know I am always going to be there for them and showing them that I love them.

In whom should we have faith?

Sammie Jo Raymond
Have faith in the lord. He is with us at all times and knows what were going through. Have faith in christ because he has been there and has felt everything you are feeling right now. Have trust in not only Christ and the Lord but have trust in yourself. Have trust and confidence that they can help you but also that you can help yourself with their love and support. Show more Show less