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Hi I'm Sam Bybee

Hi, I'm Sam Bybee. I am a student at Oregon State preparing to serve a mission in Samoa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending Oregon State University studying chemistry with high hopes of one day becoming a dentist. I want to be a dentist someday because I love being around people and giving service. One of my greatest goals withing my goal of becoming a dentist is being able to provide dental care in third-world countries in which the people cannot afford proper dental care. I am fortunate enough to be fluent in English and Spanish both and hope to visit central and South America to attend to the needs of the people. Other interests I have are my friends and family. I love them more than almost anything else in the world. As far as my interests and hobbies are concerned, I have a passion for everything to do with cars. Cars are one of the most important things to me. To be specific (probably because I'm a native of the Pacific Northwest) I love Subarus. I have a 2006 WRX and I love every aspect of owning, driving and taking care of my car.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I cannot imagine a better way to live a happy life. Even though I was born in the church, I have found for myself that following Jesus' example is the best way to maintain a happy life. I am sure that many have a hard time with the church because of all of the rules and commandments that are said to be true. The truth of the matter is that a great deal of those rumored "commandments" are not even rules in the church. However of all of the commandments that I have followed I have seen my life blessed. One specific rule that I can share is the word of wisdom. Because I choose not to drink alcohol I am not ever in a position where my body can't control itself. Not having to have coffee or tea in the morning every morning is a gigantic blessing because I am a poor college student and coffee and tea is so expensive (especially in Oregon where you can't go a block without seeing a Starbucks.) Not smoking makes my lungs able to breathe in the beautiful Oregon air and my lungs can fill to their full capacity. Although there are many commandments to be followed whether they are taken from the Bible, Book of Mormon, or from the prophet, Thomas S. Monson, I know that there is an underlying blessing in our compliance with each of the commandments--big or small.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is not very difficult despite what a lot of people may say. I feel like being a Mormon is just normal. I have grown up all of my life in Oregon where Mormons are the minority. Sometimes I feel different for being a Mormon but not in a bad or good way just different. I think the best way to describe the way that I live my faith is to say that almost everyone who meets me day to day knows that I am a Mormon. At school my classmates talked about their plan for school next year and when my turn came to talk I shared that I would be taking a two year break. I didn't necessarily tell them I'm a Mormon and serving a mission, but when asked why I would take such a lengthy hiatus, I would respond by telling my classmates that I am going to be serving a mission for my church. I also was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work at Nordstrom this past summer (2014.) I had no clue that a retail sales job would put me in a position where I could meet new people on a sincere and personal level. The customers that I talked to at work would ask me "where did you learn to tie a tie?" or "what are your plans for this coming fall." I always would answer by letting them know that I learned how to tie a tie when I was about eight so that I could wear it to church and that my fall plans included serving a mission. I believe that living and abiding by the standards of the church does not mean making sure that everybody knows you are a Mormon. I believe that the most important aspect of being a Mormon is being kind to everyone and letting them know who you are (and not being judgmental as sometimes we all forget.) And sometimes (not all the time) letting people know who you are means letting them know you are LDS.