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Hi I'm Sean

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, father, and Bach-playing mandolinist. My wife and I have three wonderful children, all very different. One child is a scholar and musician, one is an outgoing author-artist and expert negotiator, and our last is a superhero-loving adventurer who was also born with Down Syndrome. This euphoric mix affords us little time for what might constitute "normal" in other families. My wife --and consequently our children-- are dual citizens: American and Italian. We spend time in Italy each year visiting the grandparents, and we also try to watch Italian TV here in the US to keep up on the language. My wife and I are both Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates. I served a two-year mission for the LDS church in Asia, and I try to stay current with events there. I work in high tech, and my wife works from home supporting our children while also volunteering regularly with our local Down Syndrome Association. Despite the international travel and challenging schedules, we are close knit and enjoy our time together. Our home is a sanctuary full to the brim with books, musical instruments, art, superhero toys and love (that is, when we're not arguing over who's turn it is to do the dishes).

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors left Europe seeking religious freedom and traveled across the plains of America via covered wagon to settle in Utah during the mid-1800s. But I’m not a member of this church because of their journey -- I experienced my own voyage. I’m a Mormon because I read the scriptures, knelt and prayed about them, and then received a quiet testimony from the Holy Ghost that these ancient records are true. I also learned from this experience that Jesus is the Christ and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true church here upon the earth. It’s all quite simple, really -- I made an effort and found out for myself. I don’t like depending on other people’s opinions, including my parents. I’m very independent that way, I suppose. And that’s why I accepted the prophet Moroni’s challenge at the conclusion of the Book of Mormon and prayed about what I read (Moroni 10:3-5). You can, too. Don’t depend on my testimony -- obtain your own. Heavenly Father didn’t send you down to this lonely little planet without also providing you with the ability to identify truth and receive regular guidance.

How I live my faith

When our son was diagnosed prenatally with Down Syndrome, we obviously chose not to abort (despite the recommendations of some). Notwithstanding some initial sadness and struggle to understand how we might cope, we welcomed our new child into the family, as did our other children. In fact, our daughters coped better than we did in the beginning, to be honest. As our son grew, everyone in the family learned to adapt. We loved our son and raised him as just another family member, treating him equally and compensating as needed for his unique challenges. Our son is now a vibrant member of our home, as well as his community, school, and church. He loves life, has a charming personality, and is very independent. To our great delight, his reading levels are even on par with his “normal” peers in school. Imagine the emptiness if we had not chosen to bring this wonderful individual into the world. Our son is here to help us grow, quite frankly. We can honestly say that our daughters are more caring and patient because of their exposure to their little brother. We’re so very glad, despite (and perhaps because of) the frequent intensity of struggle, that he came to our home. We know that our son will eventually receive a whole and perfected body during the resurrection. I’m sure when that time comes, we’ll all look back at our brief life here on earth and reminisce (hopefully over pizza) about all the joys, sorrows, and learning that came with our son’s (temporary) disability. Despite the struggles, we’re happy. It’s all about perspective...