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Hi I'm Sean Kemsley

I'm a New Englander, I'm a poet, I'm a brother, I'm a son, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Connecticut all my life. I graduated from high school in January of 2015. Ever since I was a small child, I've loved taking time to think about the world. I would look at the trees through my bedroom window and see the shapes the branches formed as they crossed paths and intertwined. There is a simple beauty built into the fabric of the universe. Every sound, every sight, every hot and every cold, every rough and every smooth, has its unique feel to it. I write poetry regularly because beauty is worth noticing. I love to read, and The Hobbit is my favorite book. In fact, I've made it a life goal to memorize it so I can recite it to my future grandchildren. I play the viola and sing and compose music. I've run cross country and track ever since I began running in 6th grade. I have terrible handwriting. I turn everything into a pun, far too often probably, based on the moans and groans that my jokes usually incite. I hold the unusual opinion that fruit should never mixed into desserts. So although pi happens to be among my favorite numbers, pie has never been one of my favorite foods. I like to dance. When music comes on that I can dance to, I find it exceedingly difficult to keep still. I love languages, and I've loved learning Mandarin Chinese in high school. In the winter, my family often volunteers at Antaranga, a school for disadvantaged children in West Bengal, India. I taught Math to grades 1-4. Despite their circumstances, the children there have such joy.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I grew up in a family that was very strong in the Gospel, and because I love and respect my parents so deeply, it's easy to imagine that faith in God's Church and my faith in God itself would be something I never questioned, and something that was no more than a reflection of my circumstances. But this is not the case. My house is one of very free thinking. People in our family form vastly different views of the world and grow in vastly different ways. I have always questioned my faith. I have always asked myself "Is God really there" and "Is this church His Church?" It's just that the answers to these questions have always been yes. It has always made so much sense to me. The more I have thought about the Gospel and the more I have pondered it, the more I have understood. The crossing and intertwining truths that make up the Gospel are like the intertwining branches of the trees. Each part works to explain the other parts, and they interlock to create such beautiful symbolism and wonderful patterns, so that when I step back and see the whole thing I can see shapes and begin to understand the whole picture. I can know and understand answers to the deepest questions of my soul. But so much more than that is the way my heart feels every time I read the Bible and Book of Mormon, the way it feels when I pray, the way it feels when I hear testimony of Jesus Christ. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because my heart and my mind and my soul and my experiences have taught me that it is true. God exists, and loves each of so much and so individually. So much that he sent his Son to atone for the sins of the world. I know the power of Christ's atonement is real. I know it can not only wash us clean from sins but it can give us the strength to overcome life's challenges. I know that I existed before I came to earth, and that I will exist after I leave it. I know that the Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is the word of God.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, I go to church for 3 hours of meetings. During this time the different members of our congregation are able to uplift and edify each other. I officiate in administering the sacrament to the congregation, which is a renewal of the covenants we make with God when we chose to enter His Church and to follow Him. I assist in bringing the sacrament to the elderly who cannot come to church each week. I occasionally speak before the congregation when assigned to do so by the bishop, or when they open the pulpit once each month for any who would like to speak. I am also asked from time to time to teach lessons to my peers, and always to be an active participant in Sunday School lessons. Since my father is the president of the Sunday School, I am always on call to help make sure it is organized and all the teachers are present. Since my mother helps teach the small children, I often help set up the classroom beforehand or take it down afterward, and sometimes appear as a guest speaker with my father when asked. I am a ward family history consultant, and I help my peers learn about and document their genealogy. Throughout my high school years, I went to an early morning seminary class each day before school. I always strive to maintain high moral standards and to keep the commandments which God has given me. To keep my body clean and pure, I try to eat healthily and to exercise regularly. I don't have tattoos or piercings. I refrain from coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. I keep myself chaste, and I don't swear or use foul, crude, or vulgar language. I don't participate in unwholesome media such as R-rated movies, M-rated video games, or music that uses has inappropriate lyrics. I keep the Sabbath day holy. I strive to always try and uplift, love, and serve others. For that reason I am serving a mission for my church, and I will spend two years teaching the gospel to those who will hear it, and to those who look for the truth and know not where to find it.