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Hi I'm Samantha

I grew up a Catholic. I'm a member of the US Air Force. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church. I was raised Catholic and was introduced to the Church my sophomore year of college. I am currently a junior at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I play lacrosse here at school and I enjoy outdoor activities. I grew up in Maryland with my parents and a sister who is 6yrs younger than I am. My family has been extremely supportive of my decision to convert and have met with the missionaries and gone to church. I know the Church is true and I am so happy to have it in my life.  

Why I am a Mormon

My senior year of high school brought about many hard decisions. When told I had been accepted to the Air Force Academy I had no idea what to do. All I knew how to do was pray and that’s what I did. I received an answer to go to the Academy even though I had no idea why. It just felt like the right thing to do, but it surprised everyone. Upon entering the Academy I held close to church, partly because it was the one place where I could be at peace and not be yelled at by the upperclassmen. Though I attended church regularly, none of them felt right. My sophomore year started and I still had no church and no idea why I was at the Academy. My second year at the Academy began and I met a return missionary. He was sitting CQ, it’s like dorm patrol, and it’s a sophomore duty. I asked if he was sitting because he got in trouble, he was wearing a senior’s uniform. He explained to me that he went on a church mission for two years. I talked to him more and asked a million questions. One of them was if I could come to church with him. My first time in church was amazing. I felt a rush of the spirit and felt welcomed by all. In Relief Society I sat with the sister missionaries. I had a lot of questions, but they were eager to give answers. With Sunday School came more questions and more answers. When Sacrament meeting started I was confused at first. There was no alter, no cross, no man in a long robe, nothing I was used to. I liked it though. After the three hours of church was over, something I didn’t mind, I asked if I could meet with the sisters again and learn more about the church. I made it clear to them that I had no intentions of joining the church however. They smiled and asked how Wednesday worked for me. In early November I knew I had to be baptized. If there was able to be apostasy throughout the world, what stopped Heavenly Father from taking it away from me? I came across Moroni 18 and after reading that chapter I called the missionaries and asked if they could come up to the Academy sometime in the next couple days. The sisters came to the Academy and I told them December 5th would be the date of my baptism. I also asked if the 3rd of December would work as a day for my baptismal interview. I also had an idea of who I wanted to give the talk on Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Spirit. They were amazed and so happy. They asked when I would tell my family and I anwered over Thanksgiving break. I went home for break and on the last night I sat down and talked to my parents. I asked them their feelings about the church and then asked what they would think if I joined. They told me they would be very proud that I made my own decision about religion and they would always love me. I told them I would be getting baptized upon returning to school and they said congratulations. Becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the greatest decision I have ever made. This decision will change future generations and provide a way for past generations. I love the church and cannot wait to see the changes it will bring to my family. They still support me and I know they always will. I know the church is the true church on earth today and I know that Joseph Smith restored the gospel in the 1820’s.  

How I live my faith

As a member of the United States Air Force I cannot openly talk about my religion. The way around this is to be asked by someone what you believe and then you can begin talking about it. In order to spur these conversations I do my best to be faithful to the commandments and live the Gospel every day. People notice that I don't drink and wear modest clothing. When friends ask what I did over the weekend I always include attending church. Many times they ask what the message was. Though I cannot go around telling people about the Church and what I believe, actions speak louder than words and that's what I try to always remember.  

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Samantha
LDS church services are a little different from that of a Protestant or Catholic service and everyone is welcome whether you are a member of the church or not. It is three hours long. One hour either the first or the last is called Sacrament meeting. This is similar to Protestant or Catholic services. There is an opening and closing prayer and song. A member of the bishopric along the same lines of a clergy  will give announcements and any church business. The Sacrament communion or Eucharist is then blessed and passed. Then there are two or three speakers and they give a talk on a topic like a sermon. The middle hour is Sunday School. There are a variety of classes you can attend. The last hour or first depending on where you attend is Relief Society for all the females above 18, Preisthood for all the males above 18, and then classes for youth broken up by age and gender. You are always welcome to come to a meeting place. Show more Show less