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Hi I'm Sebastian

I'm a high school senior ready to graduate. I'm a self-proclaimed nerd and music enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Sebastian. I am very into music; it always has been and always will be a part of my life. I love playing the trombone in jazz bands, marching bands, and concert bands, and have enjoyed doing so for years. I also love listening to music, and personally, I've always been drawn to more instrumental and mellow-vibesy stuff, but I love a good funk song once in a while. I'm also an avid reader and love getting immersed in a good sci-fi/fantasy book and visiting other worlds. I also love to be out in nature, whether on hikes or bike rides or playing games such as ultimate frisbee with my friends. I try to balance my outdoors time with the time I spend on video games, which is another one of my biggest hobbies. After I serve my 2-year mission trip, I will be attending Brigham Young University in Utah, where I hope to study music education or medical careers! I love helping other people and letting them know that they're important and that people care about them.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in this church with my parents always reading me the Book of Mormon and the Bible, but as I approach the end of my teenage years, it has been my choice to continue to be an active member of this church. I have a firm belief that I am a happier person when I am trying to live as Jesus has taught us to. When I am trying to keep His commandments and when I am trying to keep habits of regular prayer and study of the Book of Mormon and Bible, there is a Light that buoys me and helps me to endure life's challenges. Being a Mormon allows me to have direction in an ever more confusing world; as a teenager, there are so many options for how to live my life, and being a member of this church allows me to keep things in perspective and choose things that will bring me happiness. I have truly felt the love of Jesus Christ and God the Father; it is a fact to me, and I have felt it with such power that I truly can't deny it. I am a Mormon because I want to give back to God for all He has done for me, and because I want to always be able to go back and feel that love. I firmly believe that this path is the one that will bring me the most safety, peace, and joy as I transition into adulthood and as I grow old. I truly love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been attending the Mormon church since I was born, and was baptized at 8 years old. My parents have always tried to make our home centered in Christ and His teachings. Over the past few years I have really come to love being a member of this church. I love attending class in church on Sundays (especially when we break from the normal lesson progression and have discussions), and I have loved being a member of the youth group. I try to follow the laws God has given us because I know that doing so helps me to be closer to and feel His love. I get very warm feelings when I am reading the Book of Mormon or the Bible and come across passages describing God's love for us or the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins. I try to read from those books once a day, and I try to participate in my church classes every week. As of now my job in the church is to be a secretary for the boys in my age group, and I organize various activities and make sure we go about things smoothly. In a few months I will be authorized to be a missionary for this church and I will serve a two-year mission trip in Brazil, where I look forward to sharing the love and message of Jesus Christ and learning more about myself.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Sebastian
Love. We, as Mormons, as Christians, as anyone trying to be a good person, have a responsibility above all to show love to those with whom we come in contact. I've researched the church's view on homosexuality because I have a number of friends who identify as gay or lesbian. From what I can gather, the church believes clearly that no one should be judged or criticized because of feelings that they feel naturally. Everyone is held to the same standard in terms of chastity or any other law. God expects us to not have sexual relations outside of marriage. Marriage is something as Mormons we put great importance and spiritual significance in; we believe that the principles surrounding marriage were made by God and will always be focused on and under the jurisdiction of God. We also believe that He has stated that marriage is to be "between a man and a woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife." Personally, as I understand it, men and women have unique differences not only in outward physical ways, but also in internal, mental and spiritual ways. The church believes that the combination of men and women as equal partners is the ideal situation in which a family can be raised. That is not to say that same-sex couples can never be good parents or that their children will grow up wrong; good people are found everywhere in every situation. There is still much I do not understand about this topic. I do know, however, that God gives us all the opportunity to find peace and joy. Show more Show less