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Hi I'm Seth Daybell

I grew up in Utah. I perform in plays. I'm a cartoonist, I believe puzzles make great mental exercise, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love acting in plays and try to be in as many productions as I can. I never really have been the lead character in shows, but I love being the character with one-liners who eases tension and gives the audience someone to laugh with and at. I love performing and trying out new techniques as I perform. Some of my favorite plays I've been in are, "Into the Woods", "Almost Maine", and Agatha Christie's "The Unexpected Guest". Most recently I was in, my favorite that I've done so far, "The Curious Savage". I love singing anything, but I love show tunes, country music, and hymns especially. Singing gives a nice break from stress for me. And I love the spirit hymns bring to my soul. When I was younger I decided I wanted to draw comic strips, and through scribbling, I made a character named Birdbrain, my friend created a best friend character named Wally Walrus. I ended up writing about 100 or so comics, when life stepped in and it got pushed to the side. I still love drawing them every once in a while, and I even got a website of www.birdbraincomics.com on which all of my comics that are actually written are posted. I enjoy puzzles of most any kind, and if given one that I can't figure out I think about it until I do find the answer. Some of my favorites are Cryptograms and Sudoku, and riddles in general. Usually, the harder they are, the better. I love sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others, sharing that light which I have been so blessed to have in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt God's love when I pray and I love Him. I grew up in the church, and grew up in Utah, so there were many good influences for me in my life. However, that does not guarantee a testimony, or a conversion to Jesus Christ. I have found throughout my life that faith is something to be developed. I have never quite had a defining single moment as to say that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the church led by Christ. However, I can say that day by day, prayer by prayer, as time goes on, that my faith is confirmed by little things. As I pray, I feel the love of God in my heart telling me that the Book of Mormon is true. As I go to church each week I feel the peace that is there. As I test the fruits of Joseph Smith as a prophet (as in Matthew 7:20) I find that they are authentic. I know that Jesus Christ really has called modern-day prophets. He continues to use them just as He did before. My faith has grown from a little mustard seed to something greater as my Heavenly Father confirms these truths to me. As I've opened my heart, God has filled in the space with truth and confirmation. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ has the fullness of Christ's gospel on the Earth today, and that Jesus Christ lives. I know that the Book of Mormon testifies of Him and His divine mission. I know that if someone reads the Book of Mormon with real intent, it will be made manifest to them of its purpose as another testament of Christ. I know that anyone wondering about their path in life or whether God is aware of them can read the Book of Mormon along with the Bible, and pray about it. Then, God will help them know for themselves that what they want to know is true.

How I live my faith

I am trying to be like Jesus. Just like everyone else. And although I'm not perfect, I know that each day I have an opportunity to become better. I have served the fellow boys in my congregation by organizing and participating in activities with them. I love talking to people, even though I'm not great at speaking. I love hearing about how many different people all are able to say how they love Jesus Christ, it gives us something we can relate on. I have heard many different people talk about Jesus. And even though we don't agree on all points of doctrine, the love of Christ is an underlying theme. I served as a full-time missionary for the Lord to the people in Virginia! It was so great to talk to so many people who believed in Christ.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Seth Daybell
Yes we believe in the Bible. It is a great collection of God's interactions with man. It shows how He spoke through prophets, including His Son Jesus Christ. I love how the Bible brings light into my life, and the guidance found in it helps me choose the right. We believe that it testifies of Jesus Christ, and contains prophecies of Christ, fulfillment of those prophecies, and the teachings of Christ. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Seth Daybell
Simply, the First Vision was Heavenly Father revealing once again to Mankind that He cares for them, and that His mouth is not closed. Joseph Smith as a young boy wondered which church to join, as there were many churches around, and he took the question to God in a matter of prayer after reading James 1:5. When he prayed, "a pillar of light" shone upon him, and he saw God the Father, and Jesus Christ His Son. Who told Joseph that none of the churches on the Earth had the authority from God that Christ's original church had. And that the authority had been lost through the years following Christ's ministry. The First Vision marked the beginning of an era where the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the Earth. With Joseph Smith being called as a prophet as prophets of old were called. That is, by God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Seth Daybell
What our missionaries do is really what most people would do. When they have found a great treasure that has changed their life, they want to share it. Just like when you find out a great place to eat, a great book to read, or a great movie to watch. You want to share it with others so that they can share in what you've enjoyed. That is what our missionaries do. They share the great message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Which message has the power to change lives. So when missionaries come knocking on your door, they aren't trying to sell you something for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, they have dedicated 18 months to 2 years of their lives full time sharing what they have found this joy and hope that you can also find this joy in. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Seth Daybell
We do baptisms for those who have died without hearing the Message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because our Father in Heaven is fair. We are taught by Jesus that baptism is needed for everyone to gain salvation, but not everyone has been baptized during their lives. So in our temples we baptize by proxy, where someone who is alive gets baptized for someone who is dead that the person who is dead may have that done for them. The people who have passed on then can choose for themselves whether they want to accept this work for them. All of this is part of the great plan of salvation laid out by our loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Seth Daybell
Our church is one of service. Everyone helps one another as we grow, and that includes our leaders. Our leaders don't get paid because that is how Christ's ministry was. Our leaders have their own jobs and support themselves and their families. And anyone can be called to positions to be leaders. We all share in the upholding of the church. Not having paid ministry makes it so it is all about the Gospel, there is no temptation to have the ulterior motive of a paycheck. Everyone serves one another, and it makes it so that we all rise up together. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Seth Daybell
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets; just like the Bible was. The only difference is that The Book of Mormon was written on the American continent instead of in the Middle-East area. An ancient prophet named Lehi led his family, under God's direction, into the wilderness and eventually across the ocean to the land God had prepared for them. They recorded their experiences and communications with God, and so did their descendents. Until it was buried by Moroni, the last prophet for that time. That is covered in the years 600 BC to AD 421. Later, in the 1800's, Joseph Smith was led to the record and through the power of God was able to translate the record into English as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Seth Daybell
Jesus Christ chose apostles to help lead His church after He had ascended to Heaven. They serve as leaders here on the Earth to help guide us in following Christ's directions. I love how God cares enough for us that He has called more apostles to continue to lead us. We know that they were meant to be continued to be called because after Judas Iscariot died, the remaining apostles called another through the inspiration of God to be an apostle. That being Matthias. In that same way God calls men today to be apostles and be special witnesses of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Seth Daybell
Yes, and I love that He did. In the Book of Mormon we find that after Jesus had His mortal ministry in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, sacrificing himself, being resurrected, and ascending up to Heaven; He visited the people in America. He taught them the same truths that He taught the people in Israel. Because they are vital for everyone to know. Jesus mentioned that He would visit these other people in the Bible. Saying in John, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." Jesus confirms this in the Book of Mormon in the book of 3 Nephi 15:21. The fact that Jesus would come to visit other people as well as the Jews in Jerusalem stands to me that God really is no respecter of persons. And that He loves all of His children. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Seth Daybell
We love having visitors at our church meetings. Basically the meetings consist of three meetings that are about an hour long each. The main meeting, known as Sacrament meeting, is where we remember Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made for us. We take the sacrament, which you may know as communion, and take some time to remember Him. After that portion of the meeting some members of the congregation that were asked previously in the week give talks about Gospel principles, for example: faith in Christ. All throughout this meeting we sing hymns, typically with an organ as accompaniment. The atmosphere of the meeting is one of reverence, but with families and children being there together. The second meetings are basic Sunday School classes. They typically range in age, and if you are visiting, you can visit a special class to learn a little more about about our religion in a safe, discussion environment. These other classes make it so we can fellowship with one another, as well as learn together. There are classes for youth, and your children can go to a primary, or a nursery, according to their ages. We would love to see you at church sometime. Show more Show less