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Hi I'm Samantha Marie Lawson

I grew up in a small town in California. I am serving a mission in the Washington Seattle Mission. I am proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert. I chose this way of life in my Senior year. I am about to leave to serve a mission in Washington. I am an avid reader, a writer, and a swimmer. I have swam competitively for six years, been a lifeguard for three and also a swim coach. I like to go to the dunes with my family and stay out late with my friends playing laser-tag. I am your normal teen, but I am also, and more importantly, a Child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I have made many mistakes in my life but the choice I made to convert to the Gospel of Jesus Christ will never be one of them. I converted for many reasons but the most important one is the testimony I received from the Holy Ghost that this is the true church of Christ, that Joseph Smith truly did restore the Gospel to the Earth and that Thomas S Monson is the true and living prophet on the Earth today. I fought the Spirit for a long time for fear of my families rejection (as they are of another faith), but in the end I chose eternal happiness over temporary comfort. Joining the Church is the best decision I have ever made and I cannot express enough how much happier my life has become since I was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I actively participate in the events that we do at church and also the events in our town and community. I love service work and relish in the opportunity to help out our neighbors. I am a ward missionary here at home and get to go out with the missionaries often. I am also a Visit-Teacher, which means that I visit the other woman of the church for spiritual visits and communications, helping to make sure everyone knows that they have a friend who shares their beliefs. I help the Local Fire Department with it's "Fill The Boot" Fundraiser for MDA, and I help with community cleaning. I also help with some of the youth events within the church, for example, this coming week the young woman are going to camp and myself and a few other soon-to-be "Sister Missionaries" will be going and talking to them and putting on a spiritual performance for them to help them recognize their divine nature and faith.

What is faith?

Samantha Marie Lawson
It is important to remember that "faith is not a perfect knowledge" and that is the "hope for things which are not seen, which are true" (Alma 32:21) If you continue reading in Alma 32 you will quickly reach Alma's comparison of Faith to a mustard seed; a tiny seed that needs nourishment in order to flourish. our spiritual nourishment comes through prayers, scripture study, and following God's commandments. In doing these simple things we are exercising our faith. I know when I was young and didn't know who God was or if there even was one, I knelt in prayer for the first time at age eleven and felt an overwhelming peace. I felt that peace despite my personal trial because even without knowing that he was there I exercised faith that he was listening. A very good talk on faith is from the April 2013 General Conference. It is given by Elder Jeffrey Holland and is entitled "Lord, I Believe" I strongly encourage those wrestling with faith to go to LDS.org and watch, read, or listen to this talk. I can give my own personal testimony that his words can change your life. Show more Show less