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Hi I'm Sammie Bartlett

I'm a Mormon which we are commonly called, but to be more correct a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I am a father and I love my family which consists of 10 children and 27 grand-children. I have a beautiful wife and mother of our children and we have been married for 43 wonderful years. I retired as an accountant for an oil and gas company located in Denver, Colorado. I love to scuba dive and have done that in Cozumel, Mexico, California, Hawaii, Taiwan, and Utah. I hope to do that on the Great Barrier reef some day soon. I also like to snow ski and we love Utah because it is the "Greatest Snow on Earth!" My wife and I also love to travel and have been to several places in the United States, Israel, England, Taiwan, Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, the Caribbean and England. We want to visit everywhere in the world before we are "old".

Why I am a Mormon

I know the Mormon Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, restored in these Latter-days through a Prophet by the name of Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon to be sacred scripture and that we have a Prophet at the head of the Church today. I have prayed about this and have received confirmation through the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is founded on revelation and is organized just like Christ's Church he organized when he was on the earth. We have Prophets and Apostles and the Priesthood was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the church since I was baptized at the age of 8 years old. At the age of 12 I received the Priesthood and began a life of service to others. At that same age I became a scout and learned the good traits of being a scout along with serving in the Priesthood. When I was 19 I left home to serve for 2 years as a Missionary for my Church in the Mid-west (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska). When on my Mission we taught many people about the Lord Jesus Christ and his teachings. We introduced people to the Book of Mormon, which is ancient scripture written by Prophets who lived here on the American Continent. These people are a remnant of the children of Israel brought to the American Continent about 400 BC. It also tells of Christ's visit to these people after his resurrection. I have been a teacher of youth for many years and served as Scoutmaster, Varsity, and Venture leader in the Scouting program. I also served as an adult religion teacher in our Sunday School for many years. Served as religious leader for a congregation of about 400 members for 5 years. I have visited with members and provided service and spiritual, financial, and emotional counseling to members in need. Service to others is what religion is all about. Next year we will be going to New Zealand for 23 months to serve as Missionaries for our Church. We are excited to meet new people and learn of their traditions and culture. We will miss our children and grandchildren while we are gone but we know they will be blessed.

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

Sammie Bartlett
When the law of Sacrifice was given by the Lord to Moses it was meant to be symbolic of the suffering of the Savior. When performing the Sacrifice the person gave his sins to the animal and then the animal took those sins and suffered death for them which is the ultimate thing that anything on earth could suffer. Christ being a perfect person had no sins of his own to suffer for so he was the last and ultimate Sacrifice for sins. In the Garden of Gethsemane he felt what we feel when we commit sins of all kinds, from the greatest to the least. He also felt all of our pains and suffering. It was no wonder he bled from every pore when you consider he was a perfect being. The other part of the atonement was to take those sins and suffering to his death. He had to pay the ultimate price and die for our sins in the most horrible fashion. He also had to do it willingly. To take part in his sacrifice we need to give our sins to the Savior through the steps of repentance. Recognize we have sinned, feel sorrow for what we have done, ask his forgiveness, and not commit that sin again. He has suffered for all that we might not suffer. Show more Show less