Ben Seewald: Who is Jessa Duggar's Fiance?

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Millions of fans of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting have watched Jessa Duggar grow up on camera, maturing into a beautiful and independent young woman.

Now, with Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald engaged, they're about to get to know the young man who joined the show just as the two began courting.

Their courtship will be featured in the new season, kicking off September 2, just as Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's love story played out last season.

What's this new addition to the family like? People who follow the Duggars on social media know that he's been involved in a few minor controversies:

Neither of those issues deterred Jessa or her family, nor has courting with a famous family dissuaded Ben's parents, Michael and Guinn, they tell People.

In fact, it's just who he is, and has always been.

"When Michael and I had Ben, he was a great baby, but he was a real handful as a toddler," Guinn says. "He was very adventurous. He was a very opinionated kid."

His father, Michael, echoes that sentiment:

"He is mature and always has been. We have tried to treat him like an adult growing up. He did kid things, but with adulthood in view. He has had that his whole life."

Ben, the oldest of seven children and the first to enter into a "courtship," hails from Hot Springs, Ark., and is a sophomore in college majoring in political science.

Before becoming engaged, Jessa and Ben decided to wait to hold hands. Now engaged, they're still saving their first kiss until their wedding day, as Jill did.

"There is nothing in the Bible that says 'thou shalt court,'" Guinn said. "But we have raised our kids to know that someone else's heart is like a treasure."

Did they have any issues with the Duggar dating rules that the family imposes? Not in the least, according to Seewald's parents; they were all for it.

"You want to be careful with that other person and treat them with respect. There is no perfect pattern. Treat other people as a gift. Honor God and your relationship."

Though Ben's parents have fewer kids than Jim Bob, 48, and Michelle Duggar, 47, they say that Jessa and Ben's future family plans are up to them.

"How many kids they have is Ben and Jessa's decision, and they can figure that out," Michael said, adding that, "For me, it helped to mature me."

"A committed relationship does a lot to mature a young man. It does make them grow up a little bit. I can see that happening to Ben already."

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