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Hi I'm Sean.

I'm a software developer who enjoys nature and learning. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love to learn new things, whether it is learning to bake bread, play hockey, play guitar, dance, or maintain a home or car. I am fortunate enough to live in an age where there are many lifetimes worth of information freely available and easily accessible! I love to express creativity through computer programming both as a professional software developer and as a graduate student. My research area in computer science is programming languages, and my favorite language to use and study is Scala. I like to follow the professional Starcraft 2 scene. I don't find myself playing much because the game is so mentally intense and I am usually tired after a good day of work. But I find it an interesting sport to watch. I love to help people and make their lives better. I served a Vietnamese-speaking mission where I taught ESL and citizenship classes and also shared what I know is true about God. I like to enjoy the outdoors through hiking, running, and swimming. I've even been able to go canyoneering once, which tested my ability to overcome my fear of heights!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon, because both sides of my family were also Mormon. I always believed what I had been taught because it made sense to me. In my eyes, either the church I was in was true or there were no true churches. During a time while I was serving a 2-year volunteer mission for my church, I was regularly visiting a member who felt she was starting to drift back to her Bhuddist religion she had converted from. We challenged her to read from the Book of Mormon and to pray to God to know if Jesus Christ was her Savior and if this was his church on Earth. As we were reading together in the Book of Mormon about Christ one day, a powerful feeling entered the room that all who were present felt undeniably, a feeling that I had never felt so strongly before. All of us knew that it was an answer from God telling this member, myself and a fellow missionary that was present that the words we were reading were true. At that point, I knew without a doubt that Jesus Christ was my personal Savior. I also knew then that the Book of Mormon was a true book. Since then, I've had a chance to expand my mind further and learn about the good things that are found in other religions of the world. However, this testimony I received as a young missionary has always anchored me to a sure knowledge that God lives and directs us through his church today.

How I live my faith

In our church each member is given the chance to perform service by being given a job or assignment, called a calling. Since our church is run by an unpaid ministry, every job, even that of the bishop, is done by volunteers in their spare time. Right now I have been given the job of coordinating efforts to keep our building clean each week and month. Our church also has a formal system to help each member take care of each other, called home teaching. As a home teacher, I am assigned several people to visit each month to see how they are doing and to find out if there is any way I can help them. I am also assigned a home teacher to visit me monthly. Last summer our Bishop asked us to focus on community services opportunities. Over the course of the summer I was able to participate in helping prepare a home through Habitat for Humanity and in helping to build a playground via YMCA's Kaboom. Several others in our church helped clean up after a large fire in the area. As disciples of Christ, we are asked to take care of the poor and needy. We do this formally by fasting, or abstaining from food or water, for 2 meals or 24 hours each month and then donating money to a fund that is used exclusively to aid the those in financial need. Finally, I try to live my faith in all my relationships with friends, family members, co-workers and everyone else by trying to love each person as Christ would love them, a goal I can confidently spend a lifetime working towards.