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Hi I'm Sean

I live in California. I'm currently studying music at BYU-Idaho. I served a mission in Uruguay. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I write music as a hobby and as a requirement for my studies and I hope to apply this gift to the media in video games, film and television. I also enjoy reading, writing and drawing. I fascinate myself by applying history to the scriptures to better understand the cultures described on their pages.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Because it makes sense. That may sound cliche but it really does. When one looks at society in the world today and how conflicts of interests in many ways seem contrary to what makes us human, I can tell you that the questions many people have such as "where did I come from," "why am I here" and "where am I going" can be answered simply and when our purpose [as children of God] is understood, it makes everything (both the good and the bad) make perfect sense. I grew up in the Church, but the moment I was truly converted was after being on my Church mission a year in Uruguay. I was struggling to have the desire to help others who were not members in my designated area come closer to the knowledge of Christ and His Atonement for all mankind, as well as the resulting Apostasy (a choice made by men to spiritually distance themselves from God because of pride) before the time of the Restoration of the Church in the 1800's. While struggling with my companion and attempting to justify my reasoning behind not wanting to work, I made the active choice to open up my scriptures to James 1:5. After reading that verse, I was still very frustrated, but then I opened to the scripture that is the key for all to receive a testimony of the Book of Mormon: Moroni 10:3-5. I read these verses and as soon as I was finished I asked the words "is it true?" Feeling nothing I asked more earnestly these words again. Immediately after saying the words again I felt as if it were a great warm embrace that brought me to tears. It was at that moment that I became a true convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. He was chosen personally by our Heavenly Father to be translator of the Book of Mormon and the prophet to restore Christ's church to the Earth again. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that this Church is led by a prophet today. I invite all who read this to come and celebrate with us.

How I live my faith

I strive to attend all my Church meetings, and make an effort to more fully understand the scriptures. I strive to do these things by not only understanding why we are asked to keep these commitments, but to better understand the mind and will of the Lord. I spend many hours pouring over verses in the scriptures that are direct communication from God to us and I ponder what he desires of me, and many times I come to a greater understanding of who He is and what expectations I have and how best to serve as an example to others in the ways the Savior Jesus Christ would.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

A Restoration of the Gospel was needed because after the death and resurrection of Christ, and the deaths of the Apostles people starting wanting to do things their way when it comes to fulfilling the will of God. However, they lacked the guidance of a prophet because of the people's choices and due to this lack of guidance, the ordinances of the church were changed and people chose to distance themselves from the truthfulness of the Gospel. Trading the purity and simplicity of following the counsels of God for materialistic and complicated ideas that provided a quick way to repent of sins, transgressions and misdeeds. This distortion was not the fault of the Bible. However, people started altering the plain and simple meanings of the scriptures to better fit their teachings. (Remember they are not being led by a prophet, but are leading themselves by their own knowledge). Because of this distortion, the authority to act and speak in God's name (which is what a prophet is called to do) was taken from the Earth. A fitting consequence to those who refuse to listen to their Heavenly Father. But, God being that merciful parent that he is, knew that society would ruinously distort, twist and alter the ordinances and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that is why he chose someone who was young, humble and willing to accept the counsels of God, regardless of what society thought. That youth was Joseph Smith who humbly sought the will of God (not the wisdom of man). Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

God loves all his children, and we should do so in return. Because of His love for us, He desires that we come to know what the requirements are to return to Him after this life on Earth is over. In order to accomplish this, He chooses a prophet and sometimes these men that are chosen declare things that are abrasive to society because the worldly individuals desire to do things that are temporally pleasing and satisfying. These prophets that God calls have a central mission: to lead the world to a better, safer environment and that is only possible when the people heed their warnings and follow them. That environment is peace; both spiritually and emotionally, and peace is only achievable through humbling ourselves (which requires throwing off our prideful, comfortable ways) and following without doubt, without question, because it is not the prophet desiring that we sacrifice the things of the world, but the Lord asking it of us. When we follow the prophet we feel closer to the Lord, and we feel God's appreciation and love for heeding those whom He chose. If we do this, we will draw nearer to our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. It is not easy to accomplish, but God would not have us on this Earth if it was impossible. Everything requires faith, hope and work. I know that this is true, because I am living it and I know that it works. Show more Show less