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Hi I'm Seth

I'm from England. I'm happily married, have three lovely children, work as a doctor at the local hospital, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in England. I'm 31, married to an amazing woman and have two wonderful daughters and a lovely baby son. I love family life. I've recently graduated from medical school and am enjoying working as a doctor. In my spare time I like playing the piano, and I love to read. I find that there are too many good books and too few hours in which to read them. Personal favourites include P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster books and anything by Jerome K. Jerome.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was raised with regular church attendance and religion played an important role in our home and family. Growing up I enjoyed going to church. I looked up to those who I saw were faithful church members, as well as my excellent parents. I believed that the things taught at church were true. But there came a time in my teens when I needed to know whether this was something that I was going to pursue of my own accord. I decided to study the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it was true. I believed that God could answer my prayers, but had not really put that belief to the test before. As I began studying the Book of Mormon each day and praying to know if it was true, a wonderful thing happened. It's difficult to describe but as I read, it was as though I were witnessing the events unfold by firsthand experience. I felt a powerful connection with the people and events that I was reading about, and I knew – in a way which I can’t really explain, but equally cannot deny – that the things I was reading about really did happen. The people were real. They lived and breathed and walked this earth as I now am. I knew that without doubt. This assurance grew in intensity when I read about the Saviour’s visit to the Americas after His resurrection. Through my study of the Book of Mormon I felt a closeness to Jesus that I had never before experienced. I knew He was my Saviour. I knew by extension that Joseph Smith was His prophet, since it was Joseph that translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. This was a very special time in my life. My whole view of the world, of myself and of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ was forever changed. It was as though someone had taken off a blindfold and I was now able to see things as they really are. I felt a degree of peace and happiness that I previously had never known. My membership in this church has blessed my life no end. I love it so much.

How I live my faith

My religion is a 7 days per week religion - not just for Sundays. It influences the way I think, speak, act and interract with my family and others. Though there is something of a gap between my ideals and the way I live, I am working on closing that gap bit by bit. The church does not have paid clergy. Every member of the church has the opportunity to contribute and serve. It's all done on a voluntary basis. Along with other responsibilities, I'm currently the organist in our local church unit, which I love doing. I'm also involved in an organisation within the church that provides help - both spiritual and practical - for the members. We visit with members and seek to help them in any way necessary.

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

Seth
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the nickname 'Mormon Church' because of our belief in the Book of Mormon as another book of scripture besides the Bible. The Book of Mormon is named for the prophet-historian that compiled the record in about 400AD. Mormon was one of many prophets who wrote in the Book of Mormon, but the central figure in the Book of Mormon is Jesus Christ. I don't have a problem with being referred to as a Mormon, but I want people to be clear about what the full name of the Church is, so that there is no doubt about Whose church it is, and that Mormons are Christians. Show more Show less