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Hi I'm Sam

Arizona, Hong Kong, Rome, Utah, and Oregon have all been my home. I'm a new dad, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up outside of Phoenix and went to elementary and jr. high school there. My freshman year in high school, my family moved to Hong Kong. We lived there for 3 years. During that time we travelled all around, visiting Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka and many other south asian nations. I grew to love adventure and learning about the diversity of people in this world. After that international experience, I moved back to Arizona and graduated from high school. I worked construction for about a year saving up money for my Mormon mission, and leaning very practical skills like how to fix up house and how to speak spanish. At 19, I got called to serve a Mormon mission in Italy. What an amazing experience, and a culture that had a lot more to teach me than I could have ever dreamed possible. After that experience I went to college, where I met my wife and got a bachelors and masters degree. We just had our first child, and we hope to bring him up to be an honest, loving, gentle young man.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, Mormonism is my heritage. I was born to faithful LDS parents, and though we had our moments, our home was one of peace and love, centered on Christ and his teachings. Our weekly activities, evening meals, and nightly scripture study all contributed to my strong sense of happiness and comfort in continuing this pattern of life. We make a lot of sacrifices as Mormons, but the chief motivation for all of it is that we believe that clean christian living will bring us closer to God. I come from a long line of Mormons dating back to the mid 1800s. My great grandfather was converted in Nauvoo by Joseph Smith, and led a wagon train West with the Mormons during the great exodus to Utah. The story of this individual is repeated often in our family, it is a source of great pride and admiration. To say that I am a Mormon simply because i was born one, is only telling you half the story. There is a much more personal and meaningful reason that i am and will continue to be a committed Latter-day Saint, and that is because of the witness I have that the major tenets of the church are true. I have sat in many LDS meetings both as teacher and as student and felt the Spirit of the Lord - as a warmth deep in my soul - confirming the truth of the message. That Christ has the power to heal a wounded soul. That the Book of Mormon can influence us to do what is right. That the leadership of the church, particularly the prophet and apostles, teach only sound doctrine. These are the lessons I have learned, and look forward to learning more of.

How I live my faith

I find that Mormonism, and the fact that I am Mormon, influences me every day. The church has many programs to encourage families to be strong and grow both in love and faith. We have weekly Family Nights on Mondays at which my wife and I teach each other from the scriptures and church talks. We also attempt (though admittedly we do not always follow-through) to have family prayer and scripture study every night. I hold a calling with the young men in our ward. I go on camp-outs, teach Sunday lessons, and hold activities on Wednesdays. I try to use these moments with the boys to be an example of what they are trying to become. The challenge to be a good example has me constantly humbled and asking for help from the Lord, that he can help me become that man. Mormonism impacts my life beyond my family and church responsibilities. I rarely speak about religion at work and with my neighbors, but I would be surprised if they did not know I was Mormon. I don't smoke, drink, or swear. I am married with a child (unlike most of the folks my age). And I try to be honest, gentle, and kind to all who I come in contact with. I know these aren't traits that are unique to Mormons, but they are unique, and cause people to wonder what it is that is guiding me to do the things that I do. I'm pretty sure it is because I'm a Mormon.