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Hi I'm Sev

I'm an Electrical Engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico. As a kid I enjoyed playing soccer and baseball. I would launch model rockets, race RC cars/hovercrafts, and camp with my dad and the scouts. My life's ambition was to become an astronaut. One Halloween I remember dressing up as one! As a teenager I worked as a soccer referee and threw newspapers. For the summers I worked as a dishwasher, as a cowboy on my Grandpa's ranch, and as a hospital clerk. I used the bus or rode my bike to school. Once I was old enough, I got to use the car to get to church seminary, school, soccer practice, and scouting activities. I chose to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. I gratefully accepted a full-time mission call from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew spiritually and felt I was able to influence the lives of others positively. I got to interact with people and learn about their beliefs and my own convictions. Being away from my family taught me how to be self-reliant. Returning to academics after the two year sabbatical wasn't as difficult as I had thought it would be. I dated a lot and enjoyed playing soccer on college intramural teams. I worked as a research assistant at the university and received several internships. Upon graduation I began working in the Aerospace Industry. I recently married and we are always amazed at how our Heavenly Father finds more and more ways to bless our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Yes, I was born into the church BUT I still had to come to a knowledge of its truth on my own. I have had my fair share of doubts. I have relied on the Bible, prayer, and logic to come to conclusions. Early in my life I felt the need to know for sure if this church was true, otherwise I didn't want to waste any more of my time on something I didn't really believe. I couldn't deny that I knew God was real due to personal experiences, plus I had seen His handiwork each day of my life. I knew Jesus Christ had paid the price for my sins. But I needed to know if this church was true. This church claims to be the only living church belonging to Jesus Christ Himself. Such a bold claim must either be false or true and if I was going to base my life on Jesus Christ, I needed to know, for sure. Joseph Smith claimed that his first vision was the result of a verse that resonated with him, James 1:5-6. I also felt the Holy Spirit tell me of that scripture's truthfulness. I know God to be unchanging and that, as explained in Matthew 7:7-11, if I would ask then I would get an answer. The hard part was knowing no matter what the answer was, I would have to act on it. Remembering this, I knelt in fervent prayer and listened to God. He reminded me of all the religions in the world and the good moral values they taught. I felt love for all the good people out there seeking righteous principles. He also guided my mind to all the times in my life already that He had witnessed to me of the truth of every principle taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He reminded me that He is a God of miracles and that He only hides His face from us when we refuse to see it and are blinded by our own wickedness. Knowing God's history, of His consistent use of prophets and revelation, I investigated the scriptures. I found Amos 3:7 in the Old Testament and also received a powerful witness as I read Matthew 7:15-20. I had received a testimony, and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are given the opportunity to donate some of our time doing service in the church. There are many roles that you can be asked to perform and I have had many. These roles are called 'callings.' This principle of volunteering covers the entire church and no one is paid. The idea of 'no paid clergy' makes perfect sense to me. If someone makes a living telling me what the way to salvation is, then they will be tempted to tell me whatever I want to hear. Knowing I am a sinner, what I would want to hear is that I can sin all I want and never receive the consequences. This lie can be avoided if no one benefits by telling it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' leaders have no incentive to preach any shortcuts or lies, because they aren't paid. Jesus and His apostles were ordinary men with ordinary jobs and were not supported by their followers. This is how it should be. My wife and I team-teach a class of four year olds each Sunday. They are called the Sunbeam class, and rightfully so! 'Primary' - the children's program, starts out with a larger group of young children in Singing time, where the children learn songs about the Savior and how to follow His example. The children give 'talks' - short messages from a podium, offer prayers on behalf of the class, and learn how to be reverent. Next comes Sharing time, where a member of the Primary Presidency engages the children in a lesson from the scriptures. When this meeting is finished we take our 4-6 Sunbeams to a classroom and give a lesson just for their age group. When finished, we sing Primary songs, color pictures, or play with play-dough. Honestly, when we got this calling we were terrified. Not having any kids of our own, 4-6 little kids scared us to death. But I have been amazed at how I've learned to handle this calling. We have a saying that goes, "Who the Lord calls, He qualifies." It is so true.