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Hi I'm Seth

I'm a Utah native but Alabamian at heart, I love swimming and Ultimate Frisbee, I want to design planes one day and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in Utah but now I'm enjoying my time in Alabama and the wonderful South East United States. I'm the oldest of my mom's kids but the fourth of my dads. In the home I grew up with two little brothers that will forever be shorter than me...I hope. I love watching college sports, especially when I get to go to the games. I attend BYU and I'm looking to going into mechanical engineering. I've been thinking about aerospace but we will see what the future holds. I love reading and learning more about how the world works and how other people think the world works. Religion has always been something that I've enjoyed learning about and so living in the South is the perfect place for me. There is so much to absorb in life and I never feel like I'm going to have adequate time to learn everything. I've decided that when I'm king of the world I will include a few more hours in every day and make every country in the world rectangular so that I can draw them easier.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Church and I think I always believed that the Church was true and that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. But it wasn't until I was fourteen that I finally decided to read the Book of Mormon for myself and see. I had grown up reading bits and pieces of it but this time I was set to read the entire thing. As I read I learned about the amazing men and women of the Book of Mormon and how their faith helped them overcome incredible trials. I was facinated by the stories of courage and touched by the testimony of those who gave everything for the truth to be heard. After finishing the Book of Mormon I knelt down and prayed to know of the truthfulness. I remember being alone in the woods and sincerely asking God if the Book of Mormon was true and then sitting and waiting for something to happen. Well nothing happened. So I waited a while longer and pondered on the lack of my answer. As I thought back to the Book of Mormon and thought about what I read I realized that my answer had already come. I knew the Book of Mormon was true before I ever prayed about it. As I had read, the Spirit had convinced me of the truthfulness of the book and when I prayed I already knew it was true. Since that day I have read the Book of Mormon more than a dozen times and each time I kneel down and pray to ask if it is true and each time I feel in my heart that I already know and God doesn't need to answer me again. I know the Book of Mormon is true without a doubt and from that conclusion I accept Joseph Smith as the Prophet of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as the only Church with the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving each day to be like Jesus Christ. I am working hard to be an example of Him in every thing I do and say. While being a good example is my goal I fall short more often than I succeed. Being a disciple, a true disciple, is a process not an event. I mean that it takes continued work in order to truly become like Jesus Christ. Everyday I mess up and everyday I come before the Lord and ask His forgiveness and assistance in helping me succeed. By repenting daily and recommitting to myself and Heavenly Father to do what is right I am growing closer to Him and His Son. Reaching out to those around me and just opening my mouth and talking about the Gospel that means so much to me has built my understanding and my faith in what I know to be true.

What is the priesthood?

Seth
The priesthood is the authority or permission to act in God's name and use His power to bless the lives of His children. Anciently this priesthood was held by righteous men like Adam, Seth, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Moses. Christ also gave his Apostles this same authority. As recorded in Matthew 10 He gave them power "over unclean spirits...and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease" and to go forth to preach the gospel. Worthy men in the Church hold the same authority as the early apostles to administer to the sick, heal, preach and baptize. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Seth
Mormon missionaries will teach you about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will explain how the truths of the Gospel were lost and needed to be restored to the earth through a prophet. They will also answer any questions you may have on religion or life in general. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Seth
The battle of grace vs works is one that Christians have disagreed on for years. Mormons understand grace differently than anyone else I've met and for me our understanding makes more sense. God expects us to live according to His commandments in order for Him to allow us to return to His pressence. Christ said, "Be ye therefore perfect..." (Matt 5:48). None of us will reach that qualification on our own. Because our best efforts are not good enough to reach the standard for salvation we must rely on the grace of Jesus Christ to "enable" us to live according to His teachings. No one will reach perfection in this life but as we rely upon the grace of Christ to strengthen and empower us we can, step by step, come closer to our Savior. This does not mean that we are able to continue in sin and expect that Christ will save us anyway. We repent and receive forgiveness through the grace of Christ. As we strive to do our best the Lord promises, "Therefore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son, unto a remission of his sins; and these shall enter into my rest" (Alma 12: 34). Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Seth
Baptism is essential for our salvation. Christ said it best in John 3:5 "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." In order for baptism to be good in the eyes of God it has to be performed by proper priesthood authority. Show more Show less