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Hi I'm Seth

I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I love people and cultures from all over the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 100% pure Californian. But my grandparents came to the United States from Mexico. They each worked very hard. As a result of the work and sacrifice of my grandparents, my parents are hard working individuals themselves who have instilled in my sister and I the value of dedication. The same can be said for my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I am very proud of my heritage and grateful for the sacrifice of those before me. Without question, family means a great deal to me. I love the sun and the beach. So outdoor sports are a necessity for me. I grew up playing baseball and soccer. I am an avid sports fan and try to catch a game whenever possible. Presently, I am now a doctoral student at Indiana University currently completing my dissertation.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the overwhelming spiritual confirmations of the truths espoused by the gospel of Jesus Christ--as taught by the LDS Church. Referring to Paul's explanation of spiritual communication in Galatians 5:22-23, I cannot deny the feelings of (1) peace, (2) joy, and (3) love spoken to my soul. At first, as I read and reflected upon the teachings of the LDS Church and the words contained in the Book of Mormon, the whisperings of the Spirit told me that I was learning Truth. Since then, through continuous reading, reflection, and listening to speakers and teachers, the repeated spiritual nudges have only reinforced my conviction. Furthermore, as I apply specific principles of Jesus Christ's teachings I receive an additional layer of spiritual communication that what I am doing or how I am living is indeed in harmony with Christ's will. This cycle of learning and growth is undeniable. In the end, I am Mormon because I know that this pattern, as taught by the LDS Church is of God as it brings me peace and happiness.

How I live my faith

Faith is a vibrant, fluid, and living thing. So I believe faith requires a continual, day-to-day, yet small-and-simple approach. Therefore, I live faith in two ways: (1) personally cultivating its growth daily and (2) outwardly trying to excel in every situation I find myself and helping those around me to do the same. Personally, I believe the most important aspect of a day is the start. So I begin each day with prayer and reading from the scriptures. This helps position the rest of my day and get my mind "right." I use this spiritual start to springboard into my daily responsibilities of school and work. While not always perfect or successful, I try to excel in all my work. I believe the way we approach our work (i.e., how we spend our time) is directly related to our faith. The Lord wants us to succeed, in all aspects of life. In fact, I believe that He will help me succeed to the same degree that I live in accordance with His will, work hard, and ask for His help. So I try to do that. At the same time, I firmly believe that my job (well, everyone's job really) is to simultaneously help those around us to succeed as well. I view serving in the Church and in the community to be simple extensions of that: to help others to succeed . So in short, I live my faith by trying to be successful myself through daily preparation and work as well as by trying to help others to be successful as well, through sharing my time and talents with them.