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Hi I'm Sean

I teach piano lessons. I work with blind children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California. I served in the Brazil São Paulo Interlagos mission from 2000 to 2002. My hobbies include playing piano and singing. I currently sing tenor in a local regional choir. I work as a teaching assistant with blind and visually impaired children. On my own time, I teach piano and vocal lessons. I am an avid reader. I love the classics, although some of my favorite contemporary authors are Orson Scott Card and Terry Pratchett. My favorite work of Shakespeare is A Midsummer Night's Dream" and my favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. Growing up, my dad would always speak fondly of the time he spent serving a mission for the church as a young man. This instilled the desire in me at a young age to likewise serve a mission. As I watched my two older brothers serve and return with honor from their missions, the desire became stronger. Spending two years in São Paulo, Brazil was both challenging and extremely rewarding. At times, I can not believe the wonderful opportunities and experiences offered to me while I was there. It was truly a blessed and unique period of my life. I love the teachings of the Savior. His Gospel is one of love and peace. I love that everything taught in the church focuses on Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. I think that the core of our religion can be summed up by a passage from the Book of Mormon: "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26)

How I live my faith

I currently work with the youth of the church. I am the assistant scoutmaster of our group's boy scout troop. I thoroughly enjoy socializing with them at the various activities and camp outs. While I help them to understand Gospel principles and doctrine, they help me to remember how to stay young.

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

I think that one of biggest misconceptions about Mormons is that we don't believe in the the Bible. This is just not true! The Bible contains the marvelous account of Jehovah's dealings with ancient Israel in preparation for the coming of The Messiah, Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, we get to read the teachings of the Savior while he was with us in His mortality. We get to read first-hand accounts of his miracles, his prophecies and the ultimate sacrifice he made for us. Our high school aged youth (14-17) attend four years of religious classes we refer to as "seminary". For two of those four years, the course of study is the Bible. (one year for the Old Testament and one year for the New Testament) Teachings from the Bible can be constantly found in our Sunday meetings and weekly youth activities. Show more Show less