Hi I'm Seth Alling
I am a graphic designer, web developer and father from Michigan, and a Mormon.
I have spent most of my life in Michigan, with the exception of college at Brigham Young University, and a two-year mission to Tucson, Arizona. While studying advertising at BYU, I met the perfect girl for me, and we got married. We recently had our first child, a son, and I'm trying my best to be a good father. I now work as a graphic designer and web developer, because I love to be able to see the results of my work. I also enjoy playing sports, especially soccer, and watching them, specifically Detroit teams.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born to a Mormon family, but that is not why I'm a Mormon. When I was sixteen, I attended an LDS-sponsored camp called Especially for Youth. While there, I was challenged by a counselor to find out for myself if the church was true. Up to that point, I had really only borrowed others' testimony of the gospel. I lived a good life, but never felt truly happy. I decided to accept the challenge and read a couple verses of scripture and said a quick prayer. I expected angels, and they didn't come. The next day, I told the counselor I didn't get an answer. He told me I needed to really want to know and give a sincere effort. He also said I would get an answer when I was ready to receive it, not necessarily when I wanted it. The week went by without an answer. More weeks passed, but I didn't give up. I finally determined I really wanted to know. Just over a month went by when I finally received it. The answer was that I knew it was true, and I'd always known it; I just hadn't realized it. This one answer changed my life. I became more social and confident in my life. I knew who I was and what my purpose in life was. Everything became easier and my priorities changed. I was happier. That's what makes the gospel of Jesus Christ amazing. We don't tell anyone what they have to believe. We simply invite others to learn and then find out for themselves through prayer, making the gospel more personal. Jesus Christ is not just the savior for everyone on this earth; He's MY savior.
How I live my faith
I am the President of the Young Men's program in the Warren, Michigan area, where I teach and lead the young men ages 12-17 weekly. I try to help these boys honor and obey the Priesthood of God that they hold and help them perform their responsibilities. My goal is to help these young men mature and become worthy husbands and fathers. I also do my best to lead by example and encourage them to do the same. I also try to help them prepare to serve a full-time two-year mission, where they can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those they meet.