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Hi I'm Sam

I have lived most of my life in northern Virginia, I love math and science, I'm a soon to be missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have recently graduated from high school and have been accepted to Brigham Young University. However, I will first be serving my two year mission. After 6 weeks of training at the Mexico City MTC, I will serve in the Provo, Utah Mission as a Spanish speaking missionary. Throughout high school, I loved and pursued all the math I could take. Senior year I took multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and AP Statistics. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to teach math in the form of a summer job. The last four summers I have helped teach math enrichment classes for rising middle schoolers. I get to teach them cool, obscure math and show them fun contest problems. I hope I can find a real job I like as much as I do this one. I am also a tennis player and a pianist. I have played tennis for at least 10 years and train year round. As a pianist, I have enjoyed accompanying our church choir on several occasions and recently performed my own senior recital, which was capped withy he first movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3. To sum me up, I love to learn, I love to teach, and I love the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who are both members of the church, but I have gained my own personal testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have gained that testimony by feeling the Holy Ghost confirm to me eternal truths of the gospel. I know that the Lord hears and answers our prayers. He loves us and wants the best for us, but he does have a plan for us that may be different than what we anticipate. However, we will be blessed as we follow the Lord and His plan. I know that the Lord directed Joseph Smith as restored the gospel to this Earth. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. I also know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is true and can bless us beyond measure as we studying it. Most importantly, I have a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. That He atoned for us, but now He lives and loves us and wants us to return home to Him.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am about to live my faith my serving a full-time mission for the next two years. Over the last four years of high school though, I have been able to demonstrate my commitment to follow the Savior in many ways. The biggest way I was able to live my faith was by attending early morning seminary for 4 years. As I attended each and every day, I was incredibly blessed by the Lord. I was blessed with good health, as I rarely got sick, and I was also blessed academically for the sacrifice of my sleep and time. I felt like I could almost always think clearly when it mattered, no matter how little sleep I'd gotten the previous night. I was also given the opportunity to live my faith by serving in a leadership position among the young men ages 16-18. As I served, I learned more than I taught, and I felt a deeper love and concern for those I led. I have also been able to show my devotion to Christ by serving those I have been assigned to home teach (or look after). I currently am able to help a widow and her daughter who live together. As I have helped them mow their lawn, or dig through their tiny crawl space for Christmas decorations, I have come to love the and the Lord more. Living my faith has strengthened my faith and grown my testimony of the gospel.