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Hi I'm Samuel

I grew up in Arkansas, and I have been called to serve and love the people of the Phoenix Arizona Mission for two years of my life

About Me

I love learning and people. I enjoy spending some time in nature and helping others become who I know they truly can become. I am going to college to become a Civil Engineer so I can do things like building houses and designing them online, overseeing construction projects, etc. etc. I enjoy outdoor activities and reading, I absolutely love reading. I love the Church, it is my greatest joy and love that I could ever possess. I enjoy writing in my journal and showing others the things I have learned in my own studies. I look forward to one day going to the temple to be sealed with my Eternal Companion for ever. I love playing airsoft with my friends, and playing board game with my family. But I am pretty much an open minded guy who enjoys spending time with others I care about, regardless of the activity.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember years of searching, of fear, and of loneliness before the church. I specifically remember struggling with the concept of death and Heaven. I had always been told that if you accept Jesus into your heart, you were saved and everything was fine. I had "done" that; I had gotten on my knees with my parents and said, "Jesus, I accept you into my heart" and apparently that was done. But my guilt over what I had done and the things I had done and become still hung over me like a drenching rain cloud. I didn't feel clean or saved, I just felt dirty and scared. I began asking pastors and people I respected and looked up to about how all you have to do is ask him into your heart and nothing else matters; well as you can imagine, no one could give me a straight answer that would satisfy me. Fear started taking its tole, I thought I might never know the truth. I thought that if I died right then and there, that I would go to Hell forever and the thought of that eternal fire and torture scared the living daylights out of me; I became afraid of driving, always sitting in the middle seat because if we got into a car wreck, i'd be safest there. My entire life was formed around that fear. Then my family and I moved to our new home and found the Church, or the Church found us. One by one, like dominoes we all started our lifelong journey joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but do you want to know why I did? It is because it gave me truth. It is because unlike anyone else I had ever met to that point, it had answers to my questions. It told me where I came from, who I was, what my purpose was, where I was going, and what life after death was like. It told me how we could truly learn to be at peace, and have no fear of death or pain or loss. What better way to learn of the truth than through itself? I know that the truth and answer to any question that anyone may have is found in this Gospel, and say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

This is a hard question to answer because it is who I am. How can you describe who you are in 2000 words or less? Well, here I go! I live my faith by helping others become who God wants them to be. I am a listener, I love to listen to things people are going through and helping them through it, there is no greater joy than seeing that light bulb go up over their head when they get it. I love teaching others, and showing them that they are stronger and better than they even realize. I am currently a Ward Missionary for my Local Church. I serve my Ward Mission Leader who helps our missionaries go out in the area and share the gospel message with them that has so changed my life so. I help my family in being more peaceful and seeing the good in each other. I think one way I live my faith is by being the best me. Not just for myself, but for others; I know that when I try my absolute hardest and strive to be the best Man of God I can be, others around me come closer to the Savior and others around me become just a little more perfect, and that is what is important. If you are just a little better today than you were yesterday, well then that is enough for now. The real truth of the matter is that I live my faith by loving my Savior every single day. I feel that love is what overcomes everything else, not proving others wrong, not convincing them they are wrong, not being one who challenges others to change necessarily and not being the most perfect person, but it is simply love. I have found it is the little things that cause change and real growth in peoples lives, not necessarily enormous or life changing moments. Before anything else, I vow everyday to have every action I do to Glorify the Father, I know if that is what my goal is and if I stay true to that, then I will be doing what I know I should be and can have confidence in my decisions and choices.

What is being a Mormon like?

Samuel
Being Mormon is the absolute best thing that anyone will ever know. It is having comfort and joy, it is having a future to strive for, and having security. Above all else, it is having direction. When becoming a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you are more than what you ever could become on your own. It is like living a life without being able to walk before; sure, you can get around, there are ways you can be assisted and can do certain things, but it is never the same once you are able to walk on your own and run in the wind and experience the true joy and pure love of Jesus Christ, being by your side ever step of the way. It is pure joy. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Samuel
Missionaries go out and teach because of many reasons. One being that it is a commandment to go out and share the word of God that we are so blessed to have. Another which I believe is very relevant, is that we want to share what we have. There is something amazing about the gospel that, once it is understood, the light of the gospel completely illuminates our minds. It instills an almost instantaneous desire to serve others and to give them what we have found, it is rather a miracle to me. The pure love that missionaries feel is the reason they desire to serve, because they love people. They have love for their Savior, who is the one himself who commanded them to go out and teach all nations. It is the mission of the Gospel to have as many people as possible return back to Heavenly Father, and so how could Members of the Church truly proclaim to love him without taking the opportunity to bring others to the overwhelming, magnificent, wondrous, powerful, and true joy that they have felt? Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Samuel
Mormons believe that baptism is an essential ordinance to return to the Presence of Heavenly Father, or to go to Heaven. Baptism is a symbolic representation of rebirth, which is only possible because of Jesus Christ. Baptism is an important step that must be treated as such, meaning that baptism must be done by a worthy member who has the proper authority and direction in order for the baptism to be complete. It is a wonderful experience that should be cherished and looked forward to, no matter your age. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Samuel
The Purpose of life is to come to earth, to receive a body so that we may experience physical life and death. We are here to learn and to grow, we know life is a test. In order to become like Heavenly Father, we needed to experience mortality and most importantly, agency and choice. We needed to prove to ourselves and God that we would make the right choices when push came to shove, and now is the time where it has. The wonderful thing is that God knew we would make mistakes, lots of them! And so he prepared a way where we could become clean and start over; the Atonement of Jesus Christ. With the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we are able to experience family life and marriages, friendships and success, and we can do this even though we constantly fall short and fail. In the end, we will succeed if we keep trying and keep relying on the Savior. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Samuel
The power of procreation is a sacred gift that is only appropriate between a married man and woman. It is where one can create families, eternal families, and that responsibility and blessing should not be used for entertainment or for personal benefit or any other motivation than that of love, and even then, only in the bonds of marriage. The Law of Chastity is remaining pure and clean so that one day, when we find someone special to be married to, we are our best selves we ever could be. There is no greater gift than to give a spouse the best you possible, one that is clean, and one who has kept themselves clean through restraint against powerful temptation and physical, carnal, desires. It is difficult to do this, but so very worth it. Breaking the Law of Chastity is a serious Sin, but like any other, has been taken care of completely by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It normally requires talking to your Bishop and resolving the Sin with him by your side. His loving council and correction will eliminate the feelings of guilt and shame, and will allow you to move forward with faith, and knowing that you have the confidence of God again with you, that you are clean and pure again. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Samuel
Sometimes the Lord commands his people to practice Plural marriage for one reason or another. Sometimes it is because, like the Mormon Pioneers, the men were in a great shortage and the women were homeless and because of the times, could not support themselves. And so what would happen is they would marry multiple spouses and take care of them, financially. The Church is of Jesus Christ and therefore is perfect, but the people in it are not; it is little surprise that some members began to abuse this commandment of love and appreciation and respect towards people, and so, it was taken away in 1890 and has since been against the practice of the Church since. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Samuel
Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation for all success in everything we will experience in this life and the next. Whether it is in a Marriage or friendship, a job or a game, Jesus Christ has the answer. Faith in him will give it to you. It is important to understand that the important things in our lives are important to him who made us, and he as not left us here alone. When we choose to have Faith in Jesus Christ, we choose to have the Holy Ghost with us. When we have the Holy Ghost with us, we can ask for the Gift of Charity. When we truly have the Gift of Charity in our hearts, we begin to see others as God see's them. We see them for who they can become rather than who they are now or who they have been. That changes everything, especially in marriages because when you look at your spouse as the Savior does, you learn to develop a deeper and more loyal and passionate love for them than you ever could have before, and it is the same principle for anything and anyone. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Samuel
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is so difficult to describe just by using language. It is the epitome of hope and joy and a future. The Atonement cleanses us from sins and our frailties, the atonement lets us start again and again and again and again. The Atonement gives us strength when we are weak and it enables us when we need help doing tasks we think we cannot do. The Atonement was necessary for Jesus Christ to perform because he had to know what it was like when we sinned. Since he took the sins of the world upon his shoulders, and literally suffered for every single one, he feels what we feel, he knows what we know, and he understands when we feel no one else can, when no one else really can. He is the ultimate friend and brother who loves us more than life itself. The Atonement is the reason we can live again with Heavenly Father one day, and life has purpose. Without the Atonement, we would never be able to repent or grow or become clean after we sin, instead we would be stuck with all our mistakes and sins forever with no way to become clean. And we know that no unclean thing can enter into the presence of God, therefore we could never return without the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less