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Hi I'm Martin Seamons

I went to college at UC Berkeley. I live and work in Silicon Valley. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Northern California guy. I was born and raised in Sacramento. I went to college at UC Berkeley and majored in chemical engineering. I also earned a master's degree in Engineering at San Jose State University. I am senior technologist for Applied Materials. I served a two year mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina sharing my faith in Jesus Christ with the people there. I am married to a Peruvian-American. I have a seventeen year old son. We love camping and hiking in the outdoors. We love seeing our national parks. We have visited as east as Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower, and we have seen Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Pinnacles, Catalina Island, Point Reyes and Lassen here in California. My hobbies are automobiles and reading. I own a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, and I like to just go for a drive to relax. I like to read non-fiction. I like biographies of Mormon leaders and US presidents. Also I like science. I have read descriptive (non-mathematical) books on General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory and String Theory.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family with deep roots in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The reason my ancestors from Denmark, England, Wales and Scotland emigrated to the United Staes was to come be with the Latter-day Saints in Utah. I was raised in a family that attended Sunday worship services every week and participated actively in many the service and fellowship activities of our local congregation. My parents instilled in me values of honesty, respect for others, citizenship and personal responsibility. Of course, tradition and family roots can only account for so much. In order to dedicate as much time and energy as Latter-day saints do, you need to come to accept the Church doctrine and believe it very deeply. Young men are strongly encouraged to serve two year missions to share our message with others. During my freshman year of college at Berkeley, I was doubting the need to go on a mission. A local church leader challenged me to serve a mission. When I replied that I was unsure if I would do so, he suggested I read the Book of Mormon carefully and pray to ask God to if it were true. I took up the challenge. Each day I read the Book of Mormon for about am hour in my dorm room between classes. I also prayed each day to find out if it were true. I had a transformative experience. First I found that my desire to good and obey God's commandments increased. The temptations of alcohol and girls were not nearly as enticing. I also found that I had more self-confidence and more compassion for others. I felt my prayers become more real to me. Also, I found that I understood the Book of Mormon as if someone were teaching it to me personally. I know that God was showing me that it was true. Thus, I felt a very natural desire to share the Book of Mormon and the teachings with others. I decided to serve a mission, and I was sent to Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1988-1990.

How I live my faith

There are many ways that I live my faith. I strive to eat healthy, avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs in order to keep my body pure so that the Spirit of God can enlighten me. I take time to read the scriptures with my wife and son on a regular basis. We hold a weekly family meeting. We start the meeting singing a church hymn and praying. Then we discuss a topic of importance to our family and end with a prayer. I serve as the bishop my local congregation. This greatly humbles me. I am so grateful for all the kind members in the area who support me and each other. I also participate in a committee of interpreters and work with bilingual church members. We interpret sermons delivered in English real time for Spanish speaking worshipers. I spend a lot of time mentoring and counseling youth. I enjoy having these opportunities to serve because they help me learn to be less selfish and to develop more talents and capability to help others. I know that living my faith makes me happy and provides deep and satisfying meaning to my life.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Martin Seamons
Tithing is used entirely for the benefit of all church members. It is used to fund the construction and maintenance of temples, chapels and three Church-owned universities. It is used to provide a modest operating budget for each local congregation to sponsor activities. It is used print and distribute Books of Mormon and pamplets for missionary work. It is used to print and distribute materials and manuals used to teach Church principles. It is not used to pay local leaders. All local clergy hold regular jobs and consecrate their time and talents to serve in church positions. Show more Show less