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Hi I'm Sam Israelsen

I grew up in a place called North Logan, in the northern part of Utah. I am a Native American from the Navajo tribe. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated High School in 2014 and have been working for a construction company ever since. I help with framing residential homes and I also do finish work on them when the framing is done. I plan on going to college when I get back from my mission, and studying either computer science or business.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon from when i was born. I always had an idea why I was going to church but never really felt that it was something that I believed, because my parents and the rest of my family always told me that it was true but I never felt it, I was just told it. I only recently had a very spiritual moment in my life that really changed my view about this gospel. I read the Book of Mormon and at the end of the book it says to pray to God and ask him if this book is true. I did that and waited for a minute or two for a divine answer to come upon me and tell me that everything that I had read really happened and was surely true. But that never happened. I actually waited for about two or three week after that. Everyday I was examining everything throughout my day to find an answer to my prayer, but nothing ever came. During all of this I was getting ready for my mission by going to interviews with my stake president. He told me to prepare a short lesson to teach him something about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I ended up deciding to prepare something on the Plan of Salvation and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. During my preparation I began to think about all of this and said to myself "what am I doing? None of this is true. I never got an answer about if any of this was true." I sat there for a long while and pondered if I should even go on my mission now. I considered not going on my mission and instead go to college and get an education.Then, with the little faith that I had at that moment, I prayed to Heavenly Father. I told him that I wanted so badly to know that he was there and that anything was true in this Church. I told him that I was considering not going on my mission if I didn't get an answer and ended the prayer. I sat there for a moment again. Nothing. I then sighed and opened my scriptures randomly and looked upon a couple verses. Alma 7:23. I read that and saw that we need patience when we ask God for answers. At that moment I knew he was there.

How I live my faith

As of right now my calling in the church is a primary teacher, teaching the young kids of my ward. I have a partner I with me and we both teach a class of six year olds. They are all very smart and fun to be around. And a lot of the time I learn more in the class from teaching them as well.