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Hi I'm Sid

I'm a Mormon. I'm a convert to the church. I have a wife and 7 children. I am an engineer and I write software for a living.

About Me

I like to spend time with my family. I like to tutor my kids in school and help them learn, grow and understand the world around them and the gospel. I like to talk to people about the church and I like serving in the church. I like to run and workout with my wife and my kids and I like playing video games with my younger kids sometimes. I really enjoy it when I get to see one of my kids participate in some sport or do something really well in school. I like learning about technical things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the church. I joined when I was 24 years old in graduate school. I have a lot of reasons for being a Mormon. It all started long before I met the missionaries and before I knew any Mormons. As an undergraduate, I found myself wondering what the purpose of life was. I wondered about things like what would happen to people who died without ever knowing about Jesus Christ. Although I visited a lot of different churches growing up, I didn't believe that I could align myself with the teachings of any one church. I guess I came to believe that there wasn't any such thing as a "true" church of Jesus Christ that taught the things that Jesus taught. As a graduate student I began to pray for guidance because I wanted to know the principles that I should live my life by. Not many days after that the missionaries knocked on my door and I began to listen to what they had to say. I thought I would just listen to them and take the parts that I agreed with and throw out the rest. Probably the biggest factor in my conversion was The Book of Mormon. The moment I picked it up and started to read it I felt very peaceful and secure - more so than I had ever felt in my life. I felt that it was true. The more I read, the more convinced I became that Joseph Smith had to have told the truth about how he had translated this book and, he had to have been a true prophet. It testified so clearly of Christ and it was consistent with the Bible. The members of the church were also so genuine and good. I loved being around them. They were sincere about living their beliefs but they weren't fanatics. They were intelligent and good and so down to earth and "normal". I felt right at home at the church, and I had never had that kind of a feeling in a church before. It has now been 30 years since I joined the church. Every day I think about what a great blessing it has been to me and I am grateful that the Lord answered my prayer.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have served in the church in various callings. I have taught Sunday School classes and have held leadership positions as well. Mostly, I try to live my faith by doing the things that Christ taught. I try to be good to my family, friends, neighbors, and whoever I meet. I am not perfect, and I don't really try to be but I do try to do my best. I make mistakes, but I know that I can be forgiven if I repent, and so I try to repent whenever I do something wrong. I love to talk about the gospel with people. I love to read my scriptures and I do that every day. I love to pray and I know that my Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers.