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Hi I'm Sam

I grew up in Idaho. I want to become an anesthesiologist. I debated at the national level in high school. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love to learn about all different sorts of things, and just graduated high school at the top of my class. Watching college football is one of my favorite past times! Attending BYU football games in Provo, Utah caused me to choose to study at BYU. I worked for a construction company for 3 years in high school during the summers. I have nine brothers and sisters, which even for a Mormon family, is unusual.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and restored Church on the earth today. After reading the Book of Mormon, I know that it is a true witness and another testament of Jesus Christ, which was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith through the power of God. I personally have felt peace and the love of God as I strive to keep the Lord's commandments and learn his gospel. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life with more happiness and peace than anything else I can think of. By the restored Priesthood authority and power, I can be with my family, whom I love, not only in this life, but for time and all eternity! And by the words of a living prophet, even the President of the Church Thomas S. Monson, I can be inspired, and directed in this life as I continually progress to reach my divine potential.

How I live my faith

At this time I am serving a two-year mission for the Church in Uruguay. Everyday I try to teach anyone and everyone about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Back home in Idaho, I visited and cared for specific families in my neighborhood ensuring that their physical as well as spiritual needs were met. I also assisted my bishop in leading a group of young men in the neighborhood in weekly activities, as well as Sunday school.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Sam
The idea that Mormonism is a cult is a fairly common misconception. This misconception likely springs from a few different sources: 1. Our belief in a modern-day living prophet. 2. Our sacred temple worship. Some may believe that we as Mormons "worship" Joseph Smith. Indeed, I recall one of my co-workers claiming that Joseph Smith is portrayed at the top of steeples on our temples (A misconception as this is actually a portrayal of the Angel Moroni). We believe that Joseph Smith was the first living prophet in modern days. Much like the prophets of the Bible our living prophets preach the word of God, and cry repentance unto all the world. We deeply admire, revere, and love our prophets, and hold a profound respect for the sacrifices that Joseph Smith made for the furtherance of the Church today, but we do not worship Joseph Smith as we worship our Father in Heaven, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Second, our sacred temple worship enriches the lives of all who participate. It is a deeply symbolic, and spiritually enlightening religious experience. Because these experiences are held sacred and unpublished to the world, suspicions arise of many unorthodox or unnatural practices performed in our temples. The temple is a place of love and beauty wherein the Lord's spirit resides. Because of our reverence for the House of the Lord, we invite all to experience the joy and blessings of temple worship of themselves by living worthily and obtaining a temple recommend. Show more Show less