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Hi I'm Sean McCarty

I'm a technologist, a manager, a former musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the oldest of three boys, I grew up in rural Ohio, parts of New England, and Southern California. Much of my youth was spent pursuing various hobbies like football, baseball, bike riding, hiking, archery, music, electronics, and computers. Eventually, I got my Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems, which led to a career as a Software Engineer. I currently enjoy keeping up with the latest technologies, inventions, and scientific discoveries. I'm also a family man, happily married and the father of twins. However, my life hasn't always been happy and peaceful. In my youth I found myself captivated by hard rock music and a budding desire to pursue that as a career. I played hard and practiced a lot, but developed some bad habits along the way. Eventually, though, as I began to realize I wasn't really happy, I found myself wanting something more, something better. As I read the scriptures and started to really pray sincerely for the first time in my life, I learned first hand just how much God cares about each of us.

Why I am a Mormon

There are key moments in a person's life that define who they are and what they believe. It might be a moment of pure inspiration, an epiphany perhaps; It might be an intense emotional experience, or perhaps something traumatic; It might be something awe inspiring, something profound, or something spiritual. Everyone has these experiences, and for many, like me, they provide evidence that there really is a God, a loving Heavenly Father, who is mindful of all of us. He knows us, He cares about us, and He wants us to be truly happy. There is a process of discovery we all go through--a time when we start to realize that there must be more to life than what we have known. We start to question and explore the things others are telling us, then we attempt to reconcile that with what we feel, with what our experience has taught us. There have been several of these periods in my life. Some have been difficult, but others have been sweet. In my mid-twenties I started to recognize that all of these experiences provided evidence to me that the gospel of Jesus Christ is real. It has real power--power to heal and power to comfort. I've learned that by being obedient to the principles Jesus Christ taught, by living a life of service, of giving and of compassion, I can be truly happy. There are no burdens to weigh me down, no regrets to continually haunt me, and nothing that I cannot overcome with His help. This is why I am a Mormon, because I've learned for myself through studying the scriptures, daily prayer, and living the principles Jesus Christ taught that they are true. It's the same process by which every Mormon comes to know these things, and it's the same process by which all people can learn for themselves of the truthfulness of these things.

How I live my faith

There never seems to be enough time for the things that are really important, but I try to serve the best I can whenever I can. I've volunteered in community service projects, worked in soup kitchens and emergency shelters, helped others explore the gospel, been involved in family history work, and served in several temples. Over the years I've had many opportunities to serve others in many capacities. These occasions have provided great memories and evoked special feelings of gratitude and humility. It has been said that God often helps others through someone else, and I have experienced that both as a giver and a receiver of service. These days, I find myself serving my family more. Spending time with my wife and children has become a daily opportunity to build relationships that I believe will last far beyond mortality. I also find myself going back to the scriptures, reading and pondering deeply, trying to understand how those things apply to me. My prayers are becoming more meaningful, too. All my hopes for the future seem to be tied to these activities, and there is a calm sense of reassurance that I experience when I approach things this way. While the future is often uncertain, and sometimes scary, I am committed to continue serving others the best I can, whenever I can. Putting others first makes me a whole lot happier than doing it the other way round.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Sean McCarty
Grace is a very important doctrine to Mormons. Without it, salvation would not be possible, but with it and by it all things are possible. During the time Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, hung on the cross at Golgotha, and rose from the tomb, He did things for us that we could not do for ourselves. For example, we believe that all people will be resurrected and become immortal. And we further believe that this gift is given to all, through the grace of God, regardless of how they lived their lives. So, to a Mormon, grace is the divine help that is given to us from God to overcome things that we cannot do alone. For many Christians, the concept of grace is caught up in the argument of whether we are justified by faith or by works. This aging argument was around long before the restoration of the church, but to our understanding justification requires both faith and works. So, to a Mormon, there is no argument. There are blessings that God grants unconditionally and there are those that require obedience to His commandments. In short, we consider all scriptures to teach consistently that while faith in Christ is a prerequisite to salvation, it does not absolve us of the responsibility to keep the commandments. To take any other position causes irreconcilable contradictions that are not consistent with the gospel message. Jesus, Peter, James, Paul, and many others taught that we must keep the commandments. We also believe that the grace of God helps us to do that. Show more Show less