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Hi I'm Seth

I used to fly airplanes for a living, and now I'm in law school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a family man. My beautiful wife and I have 3 small children around whom our lives seem to revolve. Before meeting my wife and starting a family, I was a missionary for 2 years in Quebec, Canada where I learned to love speaking french and enjoyed the vibrant culture of that unique part of the world. I studied aviation science in college and became a professional pilot. Because of that, I have flown all over the western United States and have seen some of the most beautiful scenes the eye can behold. As much as I absolutely loved flying, a while back I stopped working as a pilot and went to law school. I hope that someday soon I'll be able to serve those around me through the practice of law. Most of all, I look forward to spending time with my family. I also love all things airplanes (big surprise right?), and I find that flying radio controlled airplanes is the next best thing to the real deal. Sports is also a big part of my life. Nothing soothes my soul more than a round of golf, and I also enjoy playing basketball every week with friends in the neighborhood. Since I went to law school however, it seems like my model airplanes and golf clubs have been collecting dust! Also, music permeates every part of my life. I love to sing, play the guitar and the piano. I especially enjoy sharing music with my wife (who teaches music) and my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, and people say to me all the time that I'm Mormon today simply because I was raised that way. Although that wouldn't necessarily be bad, that is not the case with me. I'm a natural skeptic, and I can't help but look at the world through a lens of common sense or logic (a little too logical if you ask my wife!). Consequently, I realized early on in my life that there is such a thing as eternal truth. As one scripture puts it, "truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come . . . ." In other words, the common notion that what is true for you isn't necessarily true for me simply didn't make sense in my mind. No matter how much you or I believe in something, that does not change whether it is reality or not. There are more differing beliefs about God than there are flavors if ice cream. Thankfully, I have learned that God has provided a way for us to learn which is true. As Jesus said, "the spirit of truth . . . will guide you into all truth . . . ." (John16:13). He also said "If any man will do [God's] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God" or something else. (John 7:17). Thus, we learn what is true by putting into practice doctrines that we come across; if they are true, the Holy Spirit will indicate to us that they are of God. We can personally know the truth about God in the same way that Peter did when Jesus said to him "Blessed art thou . . . . for flesh and blood (i.e. other people) hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 16:17). In sum, I am Mormon because I have studied and applied the doctrines and teaching of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; I have read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scripture, and after much prayer, I have felt of their truth through the Holy Ghost. What joy and peace in finding truth! I know that anybody can find the same thing if they would but apply the same process.

How I live my faith

I have this overwhelming feeling of love and respect for those around me, and I try to give my time to good causes as much as I can. In my church community, I serve the young people by being a Boy Scout leader. This gives me a wonderful opportunity to try to be a good example to the rising generation, to help them with their dynamic challenges, and attempt to instill in them a sense of self-worth and direction. I strive to serve my family by working hard and being there as a husband and father. In the end, and in a very imperfect way, all I hope to do is love my neighbors as I know God loves them.