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Hi I'm Sean.

I'm a husband, a father of 7, and a software professional. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I'm Sean. I'm a father of 7 (5 girls, 2 boys). I work as a software engineering manager. I'm an aspiring foodie - I especially like to make salsa, and to cook outdoors (grilling, barbecuing, dutch oven cooking, smoking meats, etc.). I also love to play the drums. I'm not great, but it's a lot of fun for me. I also love history, technology, psychology, and physics. I love watching and coaching amateur and youth sports. My wife and I have coached softball, baseball, football, and basketball teams for all of our kids. When we do travel, we love to travel as a family, and to go "off the beaten path". Meeting locals, eating at little greasy spoons that the locals frequent, etc. With so many of us, we almost always drive wherever we go (flying would be too expensive.) I, my parents, and my brother joined the LDS church when I was 11. I met my wife at BYU in Provo, Utah, and we love our family!

Why I am a Mormon

My family was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 10 years old by a family friend. My Mom was anxious about finding something that would help me and my younger brother deal with the moral challenges we faced. We had been attending a Baptist church. But the Baptist faith really wasn't part of our daily lives - it was pretty much a Sunday thing. So having the missionaries over during the week on a regular basis was a little odd to me. One day, I remember coming in from playing outdoors. I noticed a book on our table that I hadn't seen before. It was a copy of the Book of Mormon. I found the image on the cover curious, so I opened the book and began to read it. The language was odd to me. It's written in the Old English style that is also found in the King James Version of the Bible. I didn't fully understand the words I was reading. But I *did* fully understand what I was feeling. It was a deep peace, and a type of happiness that I had never felt. I was in a loving family, and often experienced happiness, but never like this. I knew instantly that this book was special, important, and that it would play a big role in my life, even if I didn’t understand how. I began paying better attention when the missionaries came to teach us. When they invited our family to be baptized and to join the Church, I knew it was the right thing to do. Ever since, the power of God's love and grace has shaped me. I know that I am a son of God, that He knows me, that He hears and answers my prayers, and that He has a plan for my eternal happiness. My marriage is much more meaningful, and we gain strength knowing that we will be a family for eternity, and eternally engaged in meaningful work, together and united. The knowledge of Jesus Christ and His true gospel that was restored through Joseph Smith has provided us with the power to endure challenges, and to experience joy and peace in ways we otherwise never could have.

How I live my faith

The Mormon church is led by a lay clergy. In addition to weekly church worship, we all volunteer to manage the church's operation, and to administrate the various programs that help members learn the Gospel and serve the Lord. I volunteer wherever I'm needed. I have worked with young men in the church (ages 12-18) for more than 15 years as a Boy Scout leader. I have also taught Sunday classes for children and youth, and participated in leading an organization for grown men that helps us learn to be better fathers and husbands and servants of God. I currently serve as the ecclesiastical leader of a congregation comprised of young married students and young families. I help individuals and families who have spiritual needs, and also assist with financial and other needs. My wife and I also look for ways to serve others outside of our church. We are very active in our children's schools. My wife teaches a self-empowerment and self-defense class twice a year at our local elementary school. I serve as a chairman in the local precinct of our political party. We coach youth sports every chance we get. Our service to the community and to the Lord's church is important to us, but nothing is as important as our service to our own family. We are careful to ensure that we have adequate time with each other to learn, to play, to work, and to support one another. At least once a week, my wife and I set specific time aside to bring our children together to bond, and to learn about the Gospel and how to apply it in daily life. Together, we learn how to emulate the Savior in our lives, how to improve our relationship with God, and how to serve Him and His children. Living my faith is a daily effort, not just a once-a-week affair.