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Hi I'm Sam

I'm Arsenal till I die. I'm always right. I'm good at what I do. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in California. Though my family currently lives in Utah, I don't think I'll ever be fully comfortable at higher elevations. I'm a soccer fanatic. A good week would have me playing 3 times a week, with a game to watch every day. I love Arsenal FC. I've finished a year of college, but am baffled regarding what field to enter. I'm just enjoying life right now. My family is brilliant, my friends are clever, my God is great, and life is good. What more can I say?

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it's true. At first, I was a Mormon because my family was. Now, I've asked God if I should be a Mormon. I've asked if Joseph Smith was a prophet. I've asked if the Book of Mormon is the legitimate word of God. I've asked if this is the true church on the Earth today. And to all of these, He's answered "Yes." I know now that this church is not just "something." It is "everything." It supports and constructs my relationship with God and the people who really matter in my life. It brings me joy. It keeps me sane. It keeps me going. It is truly the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on my sleeve right now. Or, more accurately, my pocket. I'm a missionary serving in the Northwest, and I spend my days living my faith and inviting others to follow Jesus Christ. It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. When I live my faith and live according to the strength and knowledge that God has given me, I find absolute joy in everything I do. Even getting stuck in the mud or helping a stranger move a couch out of her apartment is enjoyable when it is done with the Spirit of God. I live my faith like I love my faith, because I do.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Sam
Jesus Christ began his ministry among the people of Jerusalem by walking forty miles to the River Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist. He clearly saw the importance of being baptized by the correct authority. John held the priesthood, which is the authority to act in God's name upon the Earth. As a priesthood holder, he was called to perform the necessary ordinances of salvation, including baptism. So must we be baptized by someone holding that same authority. If the person baptizing us does not hold the same authority held by John the Baptist, we are not being baptized as Jesus Christ was baptized. And if, as the Savior said, proper baptism is necessary "to fulfill all righteousness," wouldn't it be pretty important to make sure it was done by the right authority? Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Sam
As Mormons, we believe in the Bible because of the strong spiritual experiences that come as we learn its doctrines. It is the Word of God. It bears testimony of Jesus Christ and witnesses to the power and reality of God. We believe in the Bible because we can feel the Spirit and power of God every time we read it. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Sam
Mormonism regards baptism as a necessary ordinance, a vital step in our salvation. We seek to exactly follow the words of Christ, who said that baptism was necessary "to fulfill all righteousness" and that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of god." Baptism occurs at or after the age of accountability, when children are cognizant of their choices and the difference between right and wrong. We baptize in the same manner Jesus was baptized. Our priests hold the same authority by which Jesus was baptized. We are fully immersed when we are baptized, just as Jesus was. For Mormons, the act and mode of baptism is as necessary as Jesus said it was. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Sam
God does. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Sam
Joseph Smith was a man and a prophet. He was an ordinary man made extraordinary by the power of God. He gave his life trying to live in harmony with the commandments of God and helping others to do so. He was a great man, an inspired man, and a true prophet. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Sam
When the missionaries visit your home for the first time, they will likely give you the basics of Church doctrine, focusing their message on Jesus Christ. From there, they may discuss the history of the Restored Gospel, the importance of prophets in the church, or God's great Plan of Happiness for each of us. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Sam
The donation of 10% of our income is called 'tithing.' The paying of tithes is an ancient practice dating back to the Old Testament, when Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. We certainly don't think that God needs the money, but our willingness to give of our monetary blessings is a show of our humility and submissiveness to God. The funds go to charitable causes, the construction of churches, and for church programs. No leader of the church receives any portion of tithing. It is regarded as a sacred sacrifice, a contrite show of our dedication to God. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Sam
Jesus Christ fulfilled the promise He made to His apostles after his resurrection He spoke of visiting His "other sheep," and bringing them into His fold. In these days, we have a witness of Jesus Christ's visit to the American continent contained in the Book of Mormon. I know that as Jesus Christ loved the world, He would not withhold His gospel from the people He had just died to save. He visited these people and has promised to appear again to all people.  Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Sam
The Book of Mormon is, as the subtitle explains, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is a tome of scripture that promotes pure Christianity, containing the word of God, just as the Bible does. The Book of Mormon contains the writings and teachings of prophets on the American continent who testified of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Its teachings go hand in hand with those of the Bible, clarifying and more clearly explaining the path Jesus Christ would have us follow. It is a true work and a true witness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Sam
We don't worship Joseph Smith any more than we worship Moses, Abraham, Elijah, or Jeremiah. We revere him for his faith and dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ and his willingness to do as the Lord commanded, but in no way do we worship Joseph Smith. He was a man like any other, made extraordinary by the power of God. We are thankful to Joseph Smith, but we only worship God the Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Sam
 The prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He did not go to school for his calling or seek the mantle of prophethood in any way. God called him to serve as a special witness of Jesus Christ and as the only person on the earth with the complete authority to speak on behalf of God. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Sam
 We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by studying His life in the holy scriptures, striving to follow His example in every aspect of our lives, and pursuing a greater knowledge of His grace and atonement through powerful personal prayer. Just as the apostle Simon received a witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, so must we seek to receive the spiritual manifestations given to us by God. Ask, and ye shall receive. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Sam
The Mormon Church endorses the political involvement of its members, encouraging Mormons to vote on issues and become strong, supportive members of their communities. The Church as an organization does not support any one political party, though politicians from both parties may be active members of the church. Show more Show less