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Hi I'm Sean

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a beautiful wife and we are the parents of five beautiful children, and my greatest joy is spending time with them. They are starting to leave home, and by next year, only our youngest will still be at home. I work in Information Technology at a national bank. I manage the team that designs the Local Area Networks and Telephony functions and love what I do there. Previously at work I was a Telephony Engineer, QA Manager, and filled a variety of other IT roles. I really enjoy traveling, putting over 5000 miles on our van on a trip this past summer through the midwest, Niagara Falls, Eastern Canada, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and back through New England. Next summer we'll try our first cruise - going up to Alaska! I have been involved in the Boy Scouts for many years, since before my three sons were even old enough to belong. I really enjoy the values, activities, friendships, skills, and outdoor experiences that come with Scouting.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the privilige to be born to great parents that were already members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout my life I have learned from their example and seen the joy that they find living the Gospel. They taught me well throughout my youth, and I also had many great church leaders and peers from whom I learned. Throughout High School I attended Seminary each school day. This allowed me important daily gospel instruction. As I studied, pondered, and applied the things I learned from all these individuals, I came to know through the power of the Holy Ghost that this church truly contains the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One especially important aspect of my conversion is a testimony of revelation from the Lord to his children. In addition to loving the Bible, I have a strong testimony that the Book of Mormon is His word. It testifies so powerfully of Jesus Christ, and provides the perfect complement to the witness of the Bible. Futher I am a Momron because I know that there continue to be prophets and apostles on the earth today, just the same as Moses, Abraham, Elijah, Peter, Paul, and John. I love the teachings that they convey that also complement ancient scripture, but which address modern issues and challenges. Like all in this world, I face those challenges every day, and am so grateful for the support the Lord has sent.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life, both before and since my marriage, service in the church has been a cornerstone of what I do and who I am. I was able to serve a full-time mission when I was 19, and this was a very significant time of learning and testimony as I served among the people in France. I served there for two years, then returned to my schooling and employment, and was able to marry a wonderful woman who had likewise served a mission (in Ecuador). Throughout our marriage, I have had many opportunities to serve in each of the place we have lived. We have been in Missouri now for over 10 years, and I have had especially wonderful opportunities to serve here. For six years I was the Branch President of a small branch of 180-200 members. This was a choice experience in getting to know them so well, and in being able to strengthen and build their faith. I was able to participate in the blessing of newborn children, the baptism of older children and adults, the interviewing and counseling of the members. I performed marriages, conducted funerals, and was able to joy with the members in good times, and mourn with them in difficult. For the past two years I have had another tremendous experience as I am serving as the First Counselor to our Stake President. There are fourteen congregations (wards and branches) in our stake, spread over many miles! As when I was Branch President, there are many opportunities to counsel, teach, and strengthen. More of what I do now is with the ward and branch leaders of the church, but I am blessed to still spend much time out among the members, teaching and counseling. In all of this I really work to continue to live the gospel in my own life, being an example of the believer in my personal life, marriage, family, and employment, as well as in the church. My goal in all is to "live as I believe" and that others know that I am a man of integrity and honor.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I am so excited for the completion of the temple that is being built in our area! I believe that the temple represents the pinnacle of my religious expression and belief on many levels: * I have made covenants and received ordinances there that allow me to live eternally with my wife and five children, as well as my ancestors before and posterity to come. * I am able to offer service, as I return as frequently as possible (often while traveling on business or with my family) to perform those same ordinances on behalf of others who did not have the opportunity that I did. * The temple is truly a harbor of peace from the very difficult and abrasive world in which I live every day. * Finally, I think it is one of the great "universities" of the world, as I am able to learn through the Spirit so much of what I need to return to my Heavenly Father. I have been blessed to perform ordinances in 52 temples across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. It is now a great joy to attend with my family, all of whom are old enough to participate in at least some of the ordinances of the temple. Show more Show less