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Hi I'm Sam

I love being outside and I am an avid fan of peanut butter. I'm a full-time Missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, hablando espanol. I'm comfortable doing almost anything athletic, but my favorite is ultimate frisbee. I've been involved with debate, vocal performance, sign language and journalism. I'm interested in pursuing a degree in political science, law, or psychology.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I have learned for myself, through prayer, scripture study, and the witness of the Holy Ghost that this is true. I feel God's love for me when I study the scriptures, especially when I read the Book of Mormon (this is actually where the nickname "mormons" comes from). I know that we have a Heavenly Father and that He has an eternal plan for us to be happy. I know He sent His son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior. Because of Jesus Christ we can repent and be forgiven of our sins so that we can return to God's presence. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that he restored Christ's gospel and translated the Book of Mormon. I have a testimony of repentance, prayer and faith because I use them in my own life every single day. I have a testimony that if we choose the right we can be together with our families forever. As I serve the Lord, I pray that people who are investigating the gospel will feel the Holy Ghost testify that these things are true. The scriptures tell us that the Holy Ghost feels like a burning in our bosom, and it is described by many as a warm, peaceful feeling. I promise you that this gospel will change your life for the better and that if you have faith in Jesus Christ you will find happiness. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I am a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love to serve and to teach the gospel that I love. When people ask "What is your favorite part about being a Missionary?" I respond, "Seeing the change, hope and light that come into people's lives as they learn about the restored gospel."

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Sam
Simply because we love what we have, therefore we want to share it with others. The knowledge of you are and who you can become is a blessing. The knowledge of how Jesus Christ can bless your life will strengthen you as you learn about His message. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Sam
To gain knowledge, experience, and a body. We know that these things not only benefit us for this life, but to become like our Heavenly Father one day. When I think about this eternal truth and the plan of salvation, I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for the opportunities he gives me. I know that in the long run, everything is based on making me into my best self, who he knows I can become. If we understand our purpose, we may have bad days but we can feel joy knowing that the higher purpose doesn't rely on any temporal measure, rather on our relationship and commitment to honor our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Sam
Sometimes because we are known commonly as "mormons," people are led to believe that we are not Christians. The fact is that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ! In fact, in the the second book in the Book of Mormon we read, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. " (2 Nephi 25:26) In the final sentences we also read the exhortation from the prophet Moroni, "Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him." (Moroni 10:32) I add my voice to the millions of others when I say that I know the Book of Mormon to be true. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Sam
The Lord knows that service is a powerful medium to teach and learn. We receive joy through serving others, and we are often blessed from the service of others. Because the Lord knows and loves each of us, he will give us opportunities to serve that will help us to stretch our abilities and grow. I've even noticed that I usually make new friends while I'm at it! Whether a member serves as a Bishop, a Chorister, an Auxiliary leader or any other number of callings, the Lord uses their talents and helps them to strengthen in weaker areas as well. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Sam
The Savior loves everyone and desires their salvation. He also taught the necessity of baptism to enter into the kingdom of God, however, not everyone has had the chance be baptized. Thus, we can see the need for everyone to have a chance! Baptisms for the dead are God's merciful way to assure that all of his children receive the opportunity to accept the gospel that He sent His son to teach. Although it may sound unique and maybe even strange at first, I know that baptisms for the dead are an important part of God's merciful plan for us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Sam
Jesus Christ taught the importance of baptism by word and also by example. (Matthew 3:15) The Lord has always required his children to make covenants, or promises, to receive all the blessings that he has in store for us. We make these covenants through ordinances; in my mind the covenant is the promise, and the ordinance is the physical evidence, the action that we take. When we covenant with God to accept Christ, follow him and to keep his commandments all of our lives, he promises to forgive our sins and allow us return to live with Him. This covenant is a life-long commitment. Show more Show less