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Hi I'm Sean

I want to help people come to Christ by helping them receive the Restored Gospel.

About Me

I'd like to tell you a little about my past. I was raised in the Quaker faith, but I was rebellious when I was growing up. I couldn't appreciate or grasp God's love. God's love is still difficult for me to grasp, but now I know that it is there. School was always hard for me, but, with perseverance, I was able to earn a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. When I heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was ready to hear the message of Christ's love. I want to share the message with everyone, so that they may also be saved.

Why I am a Mormon

One time I was in a car accident that could have killed me, but I survived without harm. I knew then that there was a God, that He was protecting me, and that He kept me alive for a reason. The reason is to follow His son, Jesus Christ, and to tell the world of His love for us. I was baptized May 13, 2010. My cousin Mark baptized me. I found out about the Church through my friends I had been playing in a band with. The people I met in the Church were so kind and loving that I felt the presence of God because of their love. I know that this Church is true. Through Joseph Smith, the prophet, God restored His gospel on earth. Joining this Church has changed my life. I am happier than I have ever been because I have found a home in the Church. I love my Heavenly Father and thank Him every day for sending His son, Jesus Christ, to make the Atonement.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every moment of the day by constantly seeking those who have been prepared by God to hear the Gospel. My faith doesn't just happen for a day. In order to have true faith, one must "press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end" (2 Nephi 31:20), and this is what faith is to me. Faith is believing in Jesus Christ and acting on it. When I was baptized, I showed my faith. When I came out on a mission, I showed my faith. These are just a few examples of how I live my faith. Another example is through prayer. When I asked Heavenly Father with a sincere heart if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true, my prayer was answered. I live my faith by praying every day, and always having a prayer in my heart. And "thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life" (2 Nephi 31:20).

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are Christians. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior. This is the central point to all of Christianity. We are the same in that way. We believe that He died for our sins. Without the Atonement that He made for us, we could not return to the Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

It is true that Jesus Christ visited ancient America. An account of this is given in the Book of Mormon. The Nephites heard a voice from heaven, and did not understand who it was. God the Father spoke and said "Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (3 Nephi 11:7). "And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them. And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: Behold, I am Jesus Christ whom the prophets testified shall come into the world" (3 Nephi 11:8-10). The reason I shared this scripture is because many times people doubt that Christ lives and would visit ancient America, but I know, through the Holy Ghost, that He does live and that He did visit anciet America. As a missionary, this profound event in history has strengthened my testimony that God loves all of His children and that "there shall be one fold, and one shepherd" (John 10:16). Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The reason why family is so important to us is because we believe that we can spend eternity with our families. Through sacred ordinances of the Temple, we can truly be with our families forever. When Jesus Christ visited the Americas, He said, "Pray with your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and children may be blessed" (3 Nephi 18:21). Here even the Savior emphasizes the importance of families. The world is a dangerous place, and we believe that the best hope for a child to have faith in Christ is by being taught through his or her family. The raising of a child is of the utmost importance because they also are a child of God, and the family they are in will determine if they follow Heavenly Father's will for them. When we know that our families can be eternal, we receive hope and comfort that God really does love us. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

There are many blessings that come from receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. When we remain worthy, we are promised to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. This is a powerful gift because without the Holy Ghost, we would not know the truth of the Gospel. The gift is also a blessing because the Spirit will be felt more abundantly in our lives once we have received it. We must remain worthy to always have the Spirit with us, and by so doing, we receive blessings showered upon us from above. Heavenly Father has offered us this precious gift to help us when we need guidance. He has given us this gift so that we may better follow His will, and know how important it is to stay worthy of the gift. As we live our lives from day to day, we are reassured by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is the best gift that Heavenly Father offers His children. All we have to do is have faith in Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God, then we receive it by the laying on of hands on the head. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

To increase our faith in Jesus Christ, we must act on it. Every day, we have the opportunity of kneeling down and thanking Heavenly Father for the day He has given us. This in itself, is an act of faith. This simple act of prayer can increase our faith immeasurably. We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by coming to KNOW that the restored Gospel is true. As we pray for the Holy Ghost to confirm that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church of Jesus Christ, the Spirit will testify to us that it is. We can also increase our faith by bearing our testimonies to others. As we bear our testimonies with all our heart, we can come to truly know the truth that is in the Gospel. We can know that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church of Jesus Christ restored on this earth. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Before I was baptized, a missionary told me that I could read the Book of Mormon and find out for myself if it was true. I liked that idea. I've always been a person who wanted to know the truth for myself. After the missionary had suggested I read it, I decided to try. It was a big step of faith to pick up a book and read it without knowing for sure. Over time, I developed a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true. The same goes for knowing if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church of Christ once again established on this earth. A simple prayer to your Heavenly Father can open so many doors of truth. The real way that I know it is true is how it has helped my life. Without the Church, I'd be lost. I am grateful for it, and for the knowledge I have that it is true. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement is the single most important act in the history of the world. God, the Father, sent His Only Begotten Son into the world for the purpose of completing the Atonement. When Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, and suffered and died on the cross, He sacrificed Himself for our sins. "He offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered" (2 Nephi 2:7). There is a law in the scriptures that says that no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God (Moses 6:57, 1 Nephi 10:21). Therefore, we, being imperfect, are in need of a Savior. The great news is that God has given us a Savior! Jesus Christ satisfied the demands of justice from God, while granted mercy unto us (Alma 42:15). He did so through the Atonement. We can never completely be worthy to enter God's presence, without the help of Christ. Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father. He tells the Father to spare us because of what He did for us, and in return, He has asked something of us. Our responsibility is to have faith in Christ, and keep His commandments. We have to trust Him, when He tells us that through Him and His Atonement we CAN be saved! If we do not trust Him, then His Atonement was made in vain. The Atonement should lead us to change. As we do the best we can, the Atonement helps us become better. It enables us to be who we are meant to be! Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

When Joseph Smith was growing up, he saw many churches arguing over doctrine and principles. He read in the Bible, "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5), and wondered why there wasn't one right way for everybody. So, he continued to search the scriptures. He eventually came across a verse in James. The verse was James 1:5, which read, "If any of you lack wisdown, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." This scripture touched Joseph Smith. He pondered for many long hours over the words of the verse. He decided, because he didn't know which Church to join, that he would do as the scripture said, and ask God. One Spring morning, he went to a grove of trees. He knelt down to pray, and had an experience. Of this experience, he said, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory efy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other - This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" When Joseph Smith was able to speak, he asked which Church he should join. He was told to join none of them. They drew near to Christ with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know this because I've prayed about it. Show more Show less