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Hi I'm Cahlan Sharp

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a web technology entrepreneur working the San Francisco Bay Area, a father of three beautiful kids and the husband of an amazing wife. When I'm not working my brains out, I usually spend time with my family or playing golf. I grew up in a small town in Northern Nevada, and at age 19 served a full-time (two year) mission for the Church to the country of Brazil. This was a transformative and pivotal experience in my life, and I came back a different person. I studied Portuguese and later Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. I'm fascinated with technology and its impact on our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

At times in my life I have been very confused and wondered how I could find happiness. For a time I wasn't sure what was right, and followed my own instincts and tried to find happiness the way the world thought it should be. Once I began to understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ, my life changed. I found purpose and meaning where I before only found fleeting pleasures and temporary guidance. I saw that as I dedicated my life to Christ's teachings and as I sought to serve others and treat them as He would treat them, my heart changed and I began to find more place for love and peace in my heart than I had ever known. Life is still hard. The answers are not always immediately clear. But knowing what I know now, and being absolutely sure of God's role in and his concern for my life, I have found faith to do what I know to be right and I trust that whatever may come will be for mine and my family's eternal benefit.

How I live my faith

I work a lot in my profession, so I try to spend as much of my "free" time as possible with my family. In church, I'm involved in a calling in my ward with the full-time missionaries, helping them to teach and find people who are interested in learning more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I try to go with them to do visits at least once a week, as well as coordinate with them on Sundays. I also have a responsibility as a Home Teacher, which basically means that myself and another male from my ward are assigned to watch over and care for two families that are also in our ward. I try to visit with these families at least once a month, as well as follow up with what's going on in their lives as often as I can manage. I strive to be kind to everyone I come in contact with. I really try to see and treat others the way I believe Christ himself would treat them. I'm definitely not very good at it, but I believe that discipleship, or the journey to become a true follower of Christ, is not always a quick road. Especially for me. I also believe that some of the most important things I will ever do will involve my family--specifically my wife and children. So I struggle every day to be a better father and husband. Again, I'm nowhere near great--just doing my best.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Cahlan Sharp
Mormons like myself believe that families can be together forever. The idea of families being together forever, or what we like to call "eternal families," stems from the knowledge that this life is not the end of our existence. When we die, we don't cease to be conscious and lose all capability of thought. If death is viewed as another chapter and not as a final endpoint, the question becomes "what will life after this be like?" Without going into a really lengthy explanation, I'll summarize by saying that we receive the greatest joys, trials, learning, and growth here on earth through our families. One of the teachings that Joseph Smith was given was that family relationships can have a duration of far more than "death do you part." My wife and I were "sealed" (or wed for eternity) in a temple--the holiest place where we Mormons worship. We know view our marriage as eternal and believe that if we hold true and are faithful to what we know and have been taught, we'll be able to enjoy our love and companionship forever. This isn't just a nice fairy tale thought--it's beautiful. It's also a foundation for a life of dedicated service and fidelity to each other and our children, who are also sealed to us as a result of our being sealed. Show more Show less