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Hi I'm Sean Elsmore

I am servant of Jesus Christ

About Me

I have been a member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints since I was baptized at 8 years old. I was born in Riverside, California on February 6, 1986. My family moved to Las Vegas, NV when I was about six years old because of my fathers career. I grew up playing sports like: wrestling, soccer, baseball and football. Through Middle School I had my trials of wanting to be accepted and acting out in class to try and make my peers laugh. It did not get me anywhere but put in detention as well as consequences at home. Once I got into High School, I felt like I had more of a grasp on things. During High School my desire to go to church and be actively involved in studying the scriptures increased dramatically. I grew to love the scriptures. It was absolutely needed for as many of us know High School can be filled with peer pressure and so forth. After High School, I prepared for Full Time Missionary service, where I served as a representative of the church in the southern states of: Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. That was a part of my life I will never forget and truly paved the way for me. Upon getting home from my mission I found a job at a Residential Treatment Center for struggling teens, which is were I reside still today. I am truly blessed and love this Gospel. It was framed and shaped my life. I love my Savior Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints because I know by experience and testimony that this is the kingdom of God on Earth. I have had difficulties in my life as we all have. When I have taken the opportunity to follow the teachings given to me in this church, I have found peace and have been able to overcome my difficulties. That in itself is a testimony of goodness. As I have read the scriptures and pondered their meaning and prayed for understanding and if what I was reading is the word of God through his prophets, I have come to know by the Holy Ghost that they were real and true. I am still learning line upon line, precept upon precept. As I continue to study and pray and live according to the commandments given to me, my intelligence increases and the light inside of me continues to grow.

How I live my faith

I love my faith. I have the blessed opportunity to serve in my church. Every member will have the opportunity to serve and be given a calling or a part to play. Like in a theatre play, each member plays a part in making the performance a masterpiece, no matter what it is. Without each piece, the masterpiece is not complete. So it is with the church. Each member is given a part to play in helping the work of God move forward. Right now, I serve as the Sunday School President and I love it. I receive no incentive or pay for my service, except for the joy that comes to me. I want to live my life as Jesus would as if he were present walking beside me personally. I am far from where I should be. Thanks be to God for helping me with my shortcomings.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Sean Elsmore
 As the church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints was being brought forth, through the prophet Joseph Smith he was asked to express the beliefs of the church. What was written is called the Articles of Faith. There are thirteen of them. The eighth Article of Faith says "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." Mormons believe the Bible is vital in teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are doctrines in this book that bring peace to our lives and have essential teachings to understanding the Plan of Salvation. We believe the Bible is Holy Scripture. With that being said, we also know that in the multiple translations the Bible went through and during a period of time know as the "Dark Ages" some precious teachings and truths were taken from the Bible or translated incorrectly, which is why the eighth Article of Faith states "as far as it is translated correctly." Show more Show less