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Hi I'm Sam

I'm a Freshman at BYU, a future missionary to Los Angeles, California speaking Spanish. I play the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently finished my Freshman year at BYU in Provo, Utah, where I'm studying Mechanical Engineering. I have played the piano for seven years, and love music. I love to spend time with family and friends, and in general am pretty social. I have struggled through an unhealthy relationship with a very dear friend who had depression and recently attempted suicide, and is now in foster care. I struggle with my own feelings of sadness, but find comfort and strength in my testimony of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His church. I am constantly uplifted and supported by those around me, and love the teachings of the Mormon church for the comfort and assurance it brings me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon family, but I did not always believe it or follow it. There was a period of my life where I thought I knew better than my parents and tried to live a lifestyle that was inconsistent with the teachings of the Mormon church. I found myself feeling sad and alone, and I missed the peace and joy that I felt when I was living the teachings of Jesus Christ and His servants. I missed that strength that I used to enjoy. There was a period of my life where a very dear friend decided to join the LDS church, and I had the privilege of baptizing her. We dated for a long time, but she suffered from severe depression and anxiety that was the result of a lifetime of living with an alcoholic father and a drug-addicted mother. She had a lot of problems psychologically, and attempted suicide shortly before my 18th birthday. This hit me really hard, and I found myself struggling with my own feelings of sadness and guilt. She was hospitalized and taken into the foster care system, and I worried deeply for her. Through all this, the members of the Mormon church that knew the problems I was facing gave me strength and comfort, and my family especially was there for me. I put my trust and faith in the Lord, and I rededicated my life to Him like I never had before. I received my mission call to L.A., and I found strength in the prospect of becoming a missionary and sharing the beautiful message of redemption that the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us.

How I live my faith

I was very active in the Boy Scouts, and worked hard with other boys in my congregation to better our community and to actively serve those around us. Service has always been a large part of my life, and I have been privileged to be a leader to other kids my age in helping others. For a long time, I would visit elderly men and women of the congregation who were no longer physically able to attend church with us to make sure they knew they were still loved and cared for. Since then, I have lived on my own while attending BYU where I had the opportunity to serve the people in my housing complex by making sure their needs were met and by helping share uplifting messages with them. I am preparing to serve a full-time mission for the Mormon church to Los Angeles, California, where I will learn to speak and teach in Spanish. I am so grateful and excited for the blessing of being able to serve in California, a place where I lived for a period of time, and have grown to love.