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Hi I'm Sam Tsugawa

I was born and raised in Hawaii I joined the church when I was 13 I am a public school music teacher I am a Latter-day Saint

About Me

I am a public school music educator teaching orchestra in the United States. I enjoy teaching music, going to concerts, and cheering on my favorite sports teams. In fact, one of my life goals is to see a game in all 30 Major League Baseball (USA) stadiums. My wife and I have been happily married for 23 years. Although we have not been blessed with children, we often find ourselves in the service of children and young adults. My job as a music teacher allows me the opportunity to teach and affect the next generation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 13 years old. At that time, I was a typical kid, trying hard in school, playing in the band, going to scout camp...confused about girls. Feeling content (as I thought at the time) I had no need or desire for religion. Then one day, when visiting an aunt, who was a Mormon, the missionaries visited. I did not know who they were or the purpose of their visit. Although I wanted to leave, I stayed and listened to their message. Something about their message resonated in me. I was especially impressed with the testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I guess as a teenager, I could relate to Joseph Smith being so young and wanting to know what God wanted him to do. During those visits, I discovered that God had a plan and a purpose for me. I later discovered that the feeling of resonance that I felt was the Spirit testifying to me of the truthfulness of the message. I and most members of my family were baptized seven weeks later. Since that day, I have done my best to live the Gospel, be a good citizen, serve my neighbors, do what is right. I could summarize why I am a Mormon in a few words: "Being a Latter-day Saint, earnestly trying to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has taught me that my life has purpose and meaning. Life will continue beyond the grave. The atoning blood of Jesus Christ offers me a way to be forgiven of my sins, be a better man, and find the resilience to gracefully and cheerfully negotiate the challenges and sufferings of life."

How I live my faith

As a young man, I served as a full-time missionary in Japan. For many years, I have been blessed to work with young people. My profession offers me an opportunity to help and guide young people through music. I have enjoyed many opportunities to serve the youth in my church as a nursery leader and primary Sunday School teacher with my wife; a Sunday School teacher for teenagers in our ward; and as a bishop (similar to a pastor) of a young single adult congregation. Most of all, I do my best to live my faith by being "willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light; to mourn with those that mourn; and comfort those that stand in need of comfort" (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9). I am far from perfect. I hope that each year I live, I am getting better at "standing as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places" by serving all my neighbors.

What is being a Mormon like?

Sam Tsugawa
Busy. Besides my regular job as a school music teacher, I serve in my church. This is typical of Latter-day Saints. I have a job, a few hobbies, and am active in community and church service, With no expectation for financial compensation, I serve where I am needed in the Church. This service gives me an opportunity to serve others who are Latter-day Saints as well as those who are of other faiths. It is my hope that serving my neighbors teaches me tolerance, empathy, and Christlike love for everyone regardless of circumstance or background. I enjoy being and am proud to be a Latter-day Saint. Membership in the church teaches me to have Christlike love toward everyone. I hope that others judge me and other Latter-day Saints by our fruits (Matthew 7:16). Show more Show less