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Hi I'm Sam Carlson

I'm a diehard Texan. I'm a middle child. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am currently a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been called to serve in the California San Jose Mission, preaching the gospel in the American Sign Language. Prior to receiving this call, I had little experience with ASL, so it was a bit of a shock. But it is such a wonderful opportunity to love and serve the people, regardless the location or language. Outside of the mission, I like to keep life exciting and never too dormant. I love the outdoors, be it camping, running, or a friendly game of sand volleyball. I've been a soccer player since kindergarten and had the opportunity to be the Varsity captain my senior year. I also make sure I find some time here and there for an afternoon of longboarding. Whether it's bombing down a big hill or cruising through neighborhood streets, longboarding is one of my favorite ways to relax and spend time with friends. I wish I was more of a musician; I love music with a burning passion. I fiddle with the piano on occasion and thoroughly enjoy the harmonica. I am studying to become an Advertising major. It is an amazing program that allows me to channel my inner creativity and express my wit. My application is complete and will be submitted after my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. It is not because my parents want me to be or anything like that. I was born and raised in the church, so it has always been a part of my life. When I was younger, I didn't really know anything different. As I've grown up, though, I have seen the difference. I have made a lot of friends that were not members and had severely different standards than myself. There were many instances in my life when I could have easily chosen to disregard my beliefs and done things other than what I had grown up believing. But I didn't. I am still learning to this day what it truly means to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To me, it means turning unto Christ every single day. There was not a sole event in my life that made me a Mormon and now everything is perfect. Each day is a struggle. Every day has its hardships. My standards are tested by the entire world, questioning what I believe in. But over the years, my testimony has been strengthened continually. Through these hardships, I have fallen on my knees and talked to Heavenly Father. And I have felt my prayers answered. I have felt the comfort and guidance of the Holy Ghost when I do not know what to do. I have felt the love that Christ has for me personally. I have come to know that I am never alone -- He has endured all of my pain and sins and knows me better than anyone else. All of this did not come to me in one big revelation. It has been over several years of my life. It has been through seemingly unbearable situations. And I am grateful for every single one. I am well aware that my life will only continue to get harder as it goes on. That does not make me worry, though. I know God will always be there to carry me through the mess as I give myself to Him every day. And that's what I do. Not because I'm told to, but because it's what I want. I have to come to a knowledge by myself that there is a God and that He loves me.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary, serving the Lord and His children every single day. As I prepare, I think about how I can show others charity and Christ-like love. For that is how we come to know our Savior. All that He has given us and all that He will give us is because He loves us. It is so incredible to me to think about it. As I have come to better understand such heavenly love and charity, I have come to know Jesus Christ. I have begun to understand my relationship with my Father in Heaven, and I know it all to be true. I cannot deny it. I know that He answers our prayers, every single one of them. It may not be instantaneous or with a pillar of fire, but the comfort, peace, and powerful confirmation inside of me is proof that He is real and that He loves me.