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Hi I'm Samantha

I love the people I have met while living in Missouri because of this gospel. I'm a Mormon. I know it, I live it, I love it!

About Me

I've been to so many different places, and in this next year I will be going back to one (Utah) for my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I'm so excited for this new journey! I can't wait to meet new people and be surrounded by so many more of our faith! There's such a huge difference between Missouri and Utah, so I'm going to have a lot to adjust to, but I'm so grateful that I'm going to have this new opportunity to learn and grow. I hope I can improve on my talents while I am out there as well, like piano. I've played since I was around 7/8 years old and now that I actually know how to play, it's my favorite thing to do. I've had many opportunities to share this talent through church meetings and activities and recitals, and even though some of those times I was scared to perform, I did it and it's helped me grow so much. It's also a fun and pretty easy/simple way that I share my testimony of this gospel. I also love to serve, and one of my dreams is to travel the world helping others everywhere. Hopefully I'll be able to make that dream a reality!

Why I am a Mormon

I truly believe that this is the church of Jesus Christ. I have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and when I read them, everything makes sense. It all clicks. Especially the story of Joseph Smith. In Joseph Smith History, he talks about how he wanted to know what church to join. He didn't have any intention to start a whole new church, he just wanted to know which was true. It doesn't make sense to me why someone would want to be persecuted/go through all the trials he did for something that isn't true. I mean if this gospel wasn't true why would so many people have risked their lives for it? This is just one thing that always confirms to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church. It's the only thing that has ever made any sense to me. I've also prayed to know that it's true; I've prayed for signs to reaffirm that every thing I have read is true. And I've had my prayers answered. That's how I know this gospel is true. I've prayed for help in school and i know that if I wouldn't have asked for the patience and the strength to continue to endure high school, I definitely would have had way worse grades than I ended up with. I wouldn't have passed certain tests..like ones I hardly even got to studied for. Ones that I should have failed yet I didn't. And it's another testimony to me that God is real, and that he cares for every single one of us. An experience I recently had was at my last Youth Conference. On our way to a pagent, a tornado started to form around us. One of our Priesthood leaders said a prayer aloud. Then we sang church hymns for a good 15 mins and then as we took a turn in the road we saw the end of the storm. We drove by all the destruction of the storm and made it to the pagent just in time. That tornado turned out to be a EF-2 and we drove through it with no problem. It was clearly God's work; a miracle. I'm so grateful for the experiences I have had that have strengthened my belief in the Savior and His church.

How I live my faith

I go to all 3 hours of church every Sunday which sounds like a lot, but I love it because of the friends I have, and the teachers who teach, and the spirit I feel. It feels like home to me. Right now I have a calling with the young women in our congregation. What I'm suppose to do is help bring back and invite girls that have we haven't seen come to our weekly activities for a while. We all try to make sure that everyone feels welcome. Every now and then, our youth are in charge of big stake activities with other congregations in our area. Our ward/congregation was in charge of the New Years dance that our stake has every year. So, we all planned a couple weeks ahead with who we wanted to DJ, what food to have, and what to do with decorations. Then we went to the building early that morning to decorate. We had it all done 4-5 hours later. The dance was so much fun and it looked beautiful. During high school, I went to early morning seminary every day before school. So that meant waking up--before the sun was up most days--to go to church and learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes it was definitely the struggle! Especially my senior year with having college classes to study for late at night after work. Most days I was running on 4-5 hours of sleep, but I still wanted to make seminary a priority. My days went more smoothly and quicker when I went to seminary. I know I was blessed for making that sacrifice, because I graduated Suma Cum Laude with a 4.1 GPA. There's no way that I could have done that without my Heavenly Father's help. I mean I was hardly getting sleep every day! He blessed me with the things I wanted and needed. I know that if I wouldn't have gone to seminary, and slept in only one more hour every day, I wouldn't have been so successful, because man was I a slacker. I've seen so many miracles happen in my life because of the sacrifices I make, but in the end those sacrifices don't really seem like sacrifices anymore.