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Hi I'm Seth Gartz

I was born in Hong Kong. I currently live in Provo, Utah. I'm a Mormon. Indonesia Jakarta mission as of August 13, 2014.

About Me

I recently finished my freshman year at BYU Provo. I will be serving in the Indonesia Jakarta mission, Indonesian speaking, leaving August 13, 2014. I do not have too many hobbies. I love soccer and other various sports. I am very competitive when it comes to sports. I have an affinity for traveling and experiencing the new. I love my family and friends and enjoy spending time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and have been a member all my life. I have loving parents that have always stood strong in the church and His gospel. They raised me to love and learn, to be a kind brother and friend, and to always be active in living the teachings of His gospel. I had no hesitation to make the decision to be baptized at the age of 8. I remember receiving my first personal set of scriptures on my eighth birthday, the day of my baptism. I remember, the following year, reading the contents of the Book of Mormon with my family and feeling a sense of peace every time we read. I remember the first time my family and I completed our reading of the Book of Mormon. Although at that age I did not understand a majority of what I had read, I had a feeling of confirmation that the words and teachings were true. As I grew older and experienced life on a more personal level, I encountered trials and challenges that plagued my teenage years. At times I felt alone and unworthy to be a part of His church. Other times I felt the Spirit so strongly it seemed as if all my hardships were nothing, as if they had been wiped away. I still faced problems and had doubts but what I experienced laid the foundation for my faith and testimony. Those experiences testified to me that I had committed unworthy actions but because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ I am able to repent and rewrite my wrongdoings. The times that you feel alone and unworthy are nothing compared to feeling the love that Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father has for all of us. I know our Heavenly Father loves us and has a plan for all of us. I know that this church is entirely true, I have no doubt of it. I know the teachings of the Book of Mormon are the word of God. Working to be and remain worthy to be able to go and serve a mission and serve the Lord has been one of the greatest blessings in my life and something I cannot wait to share.

How I live my faith

As a prospective missionary right now I do not have a specific calling within my ward. I attend and participate in my church meetings every sunday. Sometimes I fill in as a sub in the nursery with my mom and watch, teach, and play with the youth which is always a blast. In the past I have served as a leader within our Young Men's program. My responsibility was to organize youth events, plan lessons, and provide for the welfare of all young men within my group. Having these responsibilites has been a real challenge at times but has greatly shaped and influenced the man I am today and has taught me skills I would not have otherwise acquired. In my student ward at BYU I served as a home teacher. I was assigned a companion and we were responsible to visit members of our ward on a monthly basis. Our responsibility was to share a quick lesson and simply check up on how they were doing with classes or just life in general. I had been a home teacher with my dad in my past ward but serving as a home teacher in my student ward was a pleasant change. It was nice to take time out of my week to go visit fellow ward members and just talk about common challenges we were all facing and help them in any way we could.