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I am serving in a Federal Penitentiary. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and am thankful for the GIFT OF THE ATONEMENT!

About Me

My name is Sean and I am a Mormon. I am currently an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary Canaan, in Pennsylvania. This is the last year of the six that I will have done for the crime of bank robbery. I grew up in an LDS home where I was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. I never doubted what I had been taught, and I even gained my own testimony of the truthfulness of those things, but struggled with living the gospel at times. From the time I was an early teen I fought depression, that led to a lifestyle of drinking and drugs . I quit going to church. I got on medication for my depression and I returned to church. I quit the drinking, the drugs, the partying, and I repented of all the things that I had done in the past. During this time I was once again able to feel the Spirit of The Lord in my life. I was clean for many years, but I fell apart after personal tragedies and started using drugs and alcohol again. I got so depressed that when I wasn't on the drugs I seriously considered taking my own life. I lost everything of importance to me at this time and eventually started to rob banks to get money for the drugs. Of course it wasn't long before I was arrested by the FBI. It wasn't until later that I realized that it was actually The Lord who had saved my life. I was headed down the path of total destruction and He pulled me off that path and put me in a place where I could find myself, where I could grow, and where His Spirit could reach me once again.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because through the course of my life I have had the opportunity to come to know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's restored church here on this earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. That he did see God the Father and His resurrected Son Jesus Christ in the flesh. That with Divine help and instruction he was able to translate the ancient writings that were found on plates of gold that had been given to him by an angel of God. I know that that wonderful book, The Book of Mormon, is the word of God. And that like the Bible, which I also believe to be the word of God, is a testament to the Divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Most importantly, I know that because of the Atonement which Christ made for all mankind, I will be forgiven of all my past sins as long as I truly repent and follow Him. I know that if I do that and endure to the end I will have eternal life.

How I live my faith

I have not always been a good example of what a Mormon is. I have been weak and have not always lived my faith, but I do again now and I am determined not to fall this far again. Here in prison I try to be a good example to others by living as Christ-like life as I possibly can. I try to love my fellow man and to put aside my pride. I read my scriptures daily, and I pray that I will have The Spirit with me to guide me in all I do. I am still a long ways away from where I want to be on my path for eternal life. I know that as I work out my salvation and do all I can to better myself that I will still fall short and that is where I know that The Savior Jesus Christ will lift me up and carry me the rest of the way. I can honestly say that I have learned from my mistakes, which have been many, and that I will not repeat them. It has been a hard road that I have traveled, and I know that there are more hills in my path that I will have to climb, but I know that I will not have to climb them alone, and in the end I know that all these experiences will have been for my good.