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Hi I'm Sean

I'm from San Antonio, Texas. I'm a "casual nerd." I'm a history nut. I love being outside. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from San Antonio, Texas! I am the oldest of five kids, and I have three sisters and one brother. I enjoy listening to music by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Animal Collective, and Modest Mouse. In high school I took a few film classes and made a few short films. I enjoyed making them, but now that I'm older I don't enjoy watching them as much! I am a self-described "casual nerd," meaning that I love Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Pokemon, and some video games, but I'm not obsessed (I hope). I'm really interested in history, geography, and politics, and I like reading and learning about those subjects. I enjoy camping and hiking and mountain biking as well. I've actually started a quest to climb to the top of the highest point in each state in the good old US of A! So far I haven't made it to the top of any, but it's a goal that I'm working towards! I absolutely love the desert and the western United States. I want to live somewhere out here with the mountains and the sun for the rest of my life, or at least for as much of it as possible. West is best! I went to college in Provo, Utah for a year before serving a proselyting mission for my church for two years in Las Vegas. I'm going back to school now and my goal is to work in the foreign service, maybe as a diplomat.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and was baptised a member when I was eight years old. When I was a teenager, I had some questions about God and religion, and I figured that religion was not important. But through reading the scriptures and prayer, I came to gain a sure knowledge that God and Jesus Christ exist and that they love us very much. Through other experiences I have had, I have gained testimony of other principles of the gospel (such as the gift of repentance and that we have prophets on the Earth today) and these experiences strengthen my faith and desire to do what God wants me to do. By being a Mormon, I am always improving, both spiritually and physically, and am continually being reminded of His love for us.

How I live my faith

I do my best to follow all of God's commandments, which include going to church, praying, and reading the scriptures.

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

Sean
The Holy Bible is the word of God. An Article of Faith written by the Prophet Joseph Smith puts it in the best way "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly..." The Bible has been translated many times, and by many different people. Throughout these various translations, some parts of the Holy Bible have been lost or changed. Everything that hasn't been changed, though, is the word of God, and through modern-day revelation, we know some of the parts that were changed and lost. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Sean
The Book of Mormon is a record of a civilization that existed on the American continent from about 600 BC to about 400 AD. This civilization was started by Lehi, a prophet from Jerusalem who prophesied of the destruction of that city. He was instructed by God to flee, and he and his family were guided by Him to the Americas. The Book of Mormon is a record of Lehi's descendants. Several prophets lived in that civilization, and they all wrote their own books full of their teachings and prophecies. One prophet who lived toward the end of the civilization, Mormon, abridged several of these books and put it into one book, which is now called the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Sean
The Word of Wisdom is a revelation from God! Back in the 1830's, God revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that He wanted us to take good care of our bodies. That includes not partaking of certain things, such as alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, and coffee and tea. Back then, the members of the church wondered why God didn't want them to use tobacco and alcohol. Now we know that they are bad for our bodies. Some people still wonder why we can't use coffee and tea. I still wonder about those, too, but if we put our faith and trust in Christ, then He will bless us for doing his will, even if it doesn't seem to have a reason. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Sean
It is a blast! Since I have received Spiritual conformations of God's love for me, my family, and the whole world, I get to go through life knowing that someone out there cares for me very much, and that feeling is great! By keeping His commandments, I am able to constantly remind myself of this love and the need for sharing that love with others. It's pretty hard to be sad or upset for a long time when you have that knowledge and are actively trying to share it with others. Since becoming converted to the gospel, I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. Show more Show less