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Hi I'm Seth

I'm a college athlete, and I live for sports! I love music and the outdoors. I love life! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the sixth of ten children (six boys and four girls), and I absolutely LOVE my family! I have six nephews and twelve nieces so far. I love them all to pieces! I am currently attending college and majoring in elementary education. I love children and am excited to spend my life teaching them how succeed in school and in life. I spent three years competing as a collegiate athlete in Track and Field (decathlon), which I really enjoyed. I love to sing and have always dreamed of singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! I enjoy playing the piano, playing competitive sports, and being in the outdoors, too. I really enjoy watching and quoting movies, listening to music, and eating ice cream. I'm currently single but plan to be the world's number one husband and father someday!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and have attended the LDS Church my entire life. I was baptized when I was eight years old and have been instructed all my life in Mormon beliefs. However, I have learned for myself that what my parents taught me is true. I have knelt on my own two knees (numerous times) and personally asked my Heavenly Father in prayer if the things I grew up learning about Jesus Christ and His gospel are true. God answered those prayers. Among many other truths, I have come to know without question that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ has truly been restored to the earth. I know these things because the Holy Spirit has testified to me in my mind and in my heart that they are true. The gospel of John teaches that "if any man will do his will he will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). As I have "done his will" by following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the principles of His restored gospel throughout my life, I have experienced great peace and happiness. Nothing is more important to me, nor has anything brought me greater joy than my testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ as my Savior and of the truthfulness of His restored gospel. I am absolutely certain that all who come unto Christ and follow Him will enjoy these same blessings now and in the world to come.

How I live my faith

I will be the first to say that I am far from being perfect. However, I do my best to live the teachings of Jesus Christ and to follow His example in all that I do. I pray numerous times each day to strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I thank Him for all that He's given and done for me, and I ask for His help in accomplishing important tasks. I set aside time every day to read and study the scriptures and to think about the teachings of Jesus Christ. Each day is filled with opportunities to serve and uplift others, so I try to recognize and take advantage of them to be like Jesus Christ. On Sundays I attend a singles congregation called a ward, and there are numerous ways that I'm able to serve in this organization. I'm given a "calling" or responsibility that provides opportunities to serve in a variety of ways. With a companion I also have the opportunity to visit each month with several other members of the congregation. We share an uplifting message, find out how they're doing, and provide any service for them that they need. I'm so grateful for the opportunities I have through the church to think about and serve others. It makes me feel so much happier, and I'm able to become a better person. Jesus Christ is the perfect example of how we should live our lives, and I try each day to pattern my life after His.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Seth
The main differences between the Book of Mormon and the Bible are where they took place and the people who wrote them. The Bible was written by ancient prophets in Jerusalem such as Moses, Isaiah, Matthew and John. The Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the ancient Americas such as Nephi, Alma, Mormon, and Moroni. Both testify that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that only through Him can mankind be saved. The Book of Mormon is an abridgment of numerous records kept by ancient prophets in the Americas from about 600 BC to 420 AD and was compiled by a prophet named Mormon. To preserve the record, he wrote on gold sheets or pages, and later they were buried by his son, Moroni. About 1400 years later, Moroni appeared to a boy named Joseph Smith, told him where the “golden plates” were hidden, and said that the Lord had an important work for him to do. In later years, Joseph was called by God to be a prophet. He obtained the record and, with the help of the Lord, translated it into English. It is now called the Book of Mormon. I know that these things are true because I've prayed about them. Isn't it exciting that miracles haven't ceased? God still works miracles today just like He did in biblical times. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Seth
Authority is something we're all familiar with. It gives us permission to do certain things. For example, professional educators are authorized to teach in schools. Police officers have authority to enforce the law. Citizens must obtain a license in order to drive, which authorizes them to operate vehicles. The Lord's work is no different; those who act in His name must be authorized to do so. This authority is called the Priesthood. Jesus taught that "except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5), so we know that baptism is essential for our salvation. The Savior also taught, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Jesus set the perfect example for us, and we must follow Him in order to be saved. He set an example for us by being baptized at the hand of John the Baptist, and John had been given the Priesthood. By His example, Jesus taught us that we, too, must be baptized by someone who has Priesthood authority. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Seth
My family is the greatest source of joy in my life. God organized families to provide a loving atmosphere in which children can learn and grow. Life is hard, and there are many choices we have to make that will affect how happy we are throughout our lives. Families are designed to help us learn how to make correct choices that will bring us happiness and help us be successful. Also, God meant for family ties to last forever. He has provided a way for families to be united eternally. Mormon temples are sacred and special places where couples can be married and families sealed together for time and all eternity. This understanding not only encourages me to strengthen my family relationships but also brings me great joy because I can be with my loved ones now and in the life to come. Show more Show less

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

Seth
Absolutely! Why wouldn't God call a prophet today just like He did in biblical times? Does He love us less? Do we need a prophet less than they did in the Old and New Testament? I know that God loves all of His children and that He wants all of us to return to live with Him again. In order to help us do so, He has always called prophets to lead and guide us in correct paths and to teach us what we need to do in order to gain eternal life. I believe that there has never been a time when the wisdom and guidance of a prophet of God was needed more than today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's Prophet today, and I know that because I prayed and received an undeniable answer from the Holy Spirit that this is true. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Seth
The nickname comes from one of our books of scripture called the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less