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Hi I'm Seth

Science and math have always been my favorite subjects. I enjoy writing poetry for special occasions. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a full-time missionary in Hong Kong, China. When I return home in 2016 I will resume studying studying chemical engineering. I love all forms of exercise, I was on my high school soccer and cross country teams. I love all of the sciences and have studied them all extensively, especially physics and chemistry. I do not have a typical large Mormon family, I have one sister who is currently serving a mission for the Mormon church and two loving parents that I regard as two of my best friends. I love all kinds of music with classical pieces being my favorite and electronic music coming in a close second. I lived in Texas most of my life and most of my friends are not Mormons. I love to juggle and learn new tricks. If I could play any instrument it would be the violin or the cello: when played well both sound so beautiful and I love that they are still beautiful both when the music is complex and when it is just simple. Right now I am serving a full-time mission for the Mormon church in Hong Kong China. I am already struggling to grasp Cantonese but I will keep at it so I can share the Gospel I know to be true. I love listening to podcast's about everything from black holes to silly putty. Learning something new is my greatest hobby and interest every day.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in the church, my faith is often criticized. Many of these critics cite that I have simply been "brainwashed" by my parents and church leaders my entire life. That could not be so far from the truth. My faith in and testimony of the truth of this Church and its Gospel are the two most personal things I own. The price for both of those gifts was steep, but it is worth paying ten times over again. There have been many times where I have felt utterly lost, scared and alone. In those times I did not have my parents or my leaders with me. It always seemed to be just me and my problems. However, eventually I learned that I was never truly alone. I always had a loving Heavenly Father and a Savior kneeling beside me when I prayed through tears, only capable of crying out for help. It was in those times that I received my own person witness independent of anyone else. I have seen God's hand repeatedly in my life, constantly lifting me up to higher and holier things. Throughout my life I have given avid study to science. I love to learn about the universe and the laws that govern it. And all of this study and learning has only strengthened my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The the idea that the beauty and wonder in the world around us came from a random sequence of insignificant events is absurd to me. Rather, God is the architect and artist who created these things for us, His own beloved children. And even though He manages the cosmos in their infinite form, He still knows every single one of us personally and perfectly. I have felt His love personally and in a perfect way that words fail to describe. I know that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and redeem us so that we can return to live with Him and our families for eternity. God and Christ revealed the truth once more to Joseph Smith in 1820 and it is this truth that I accept personally with all my heart and mind.

How I live my faith

The callings I held growing up in the church were always leadership positions in the youth groups I participated in. Throughout this service it was my pleasure to get to know all of the youth my age in my ward at home. These boys will always be some of my closest friends for we grew up learning and loving the Gospel together. Many are already out in mission sharing Christ's Gospel. I am so excited to have finally joined them in the work of bringing souls to the joy to Gospel brings. I have served as the Sunday School president in a university singles ward. My calling was to oversee and coordinate all of the lessons taught in the second hour of church every Sunday. I also filled in for any of my teachers who were unable to teach on their normal week. I absolutely love to teach. No matter if it is for my church or for anything else, I don't believe we can truly obtain knowledge until we are able to teach it. This calling was a great blessing for me because I got to know so many wonderful people. I firmly believe that everyone is a genius, we just have to find it. Now I am living my faith serving the people of Hong Kong, China on a 2 year mission. I look forward to meeting so many new and unique people and seem their lives changed personally by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is faith?

Seth
In Cantonese, faith is expressed by the characters that mean "belief" and "heart". Thus, true faith is more than a belief. It is deep, lasting conviction that resides in our heart, even our very soul. Faith guides actions, changes character and leads all to God and truth. True faith endures all suffering and trial and even comes out of these things stronger than before. True faith is a characteristic of humanity that defies all scientific theory and logical reasoning. It is hard to define becuase it is a principle of God, not of man. All who aquire true faith will live more enriched lives of greater joy and wisdom. True faith is a firm belief in God and His plan for all men to come back to Him in eternal joy. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Seth
The temple is the most sacred place on Earth. As Mormons we believe that it is literally a dwelling of God here on Earth and when we go there we can be the closest to God's presence. I have often heard the temple called the university of the Lord. It is here we go to learn sacred, eternal truths that guide us to Jesus Christ. Just like any other university, there are entrance requirements for those who desire to attend. Like the tests worldly colleges use for admission standards and benchmarks, so does the temple have standards of worthiness that all must meet to enter and partake. There is nothing secret going on in the temple, all those who desire to enter and meet the standards of worthiness may enter and learn. The standards are high. But with a sincere desire to serve God and come unto Christ one may surely come to the temple and receive the blessings therein. Show more Show less