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Hi I'm Nathan

Born in CA, raised in PA, and studying engineering, I love my wife, love my life, and proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married two wonderful years and have a wonderful baby daughter who's just starting to walk around the room. I love hearing her say "daddy!" and point at me. I'll be graduating soon with a master's in Mechanical Engineering and currently serve in my local congregation's BIshopric. Both my older sisters and my wife's younger sisters live nearby and we love spending time with all our extending family. I love digital photography, singing, rappelling, being outdoors, playing games (especially cards), and collecting stuff I probably don't need (like thrift-store suits).

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because the teachings of the LDS Church have directly improved the quality of my life - individually, in family life, at school, and at work. My understanding and love of Jesus Christ influences everything I do, and I gained that faith and understanding in the Mormon Church. I love the feeling of reading the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and understanding how I can improve my life. I love listening to the Lord's Prophets and Apostles during the semi-annual General Conference and really feeling their power and Spirit. I love how lives are changed as they come unto Christ, and how my life is changed each day as I see His Hand in my life.

How I live my faith

In my local congregation I am one of two counselors or helpers to the congregation's Bishop, or leader (like a Pastor, etc.). I help to conduct meetings and teach others, as well as help the Bishop make decisions regarding other leadership roles in the Church. Since we are all volunteers and have other busy jobs and schedules throughout the week, we try to allow all the members of the congregation particpate somehow - as a teacher, a youth leader, a behind-the-scenes organizer, etc. The Bishop and his two counselors oversee the work of everyone else, and it's a true joy to see all the sacrifices that others make to ultimately ensure that Heavenly Father's Children can be blessed. I also live my faith on a daily basis through sincere prayer, both individually and with my wife, and by reading from the Scriptures. I often think about uplifting, spiritual things as well throughout the day that help me lift my spirits and focus on the positive.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Nathan
Imagine you just ate a piece of cake that was just unbelievably wonderful. And right next to it is a piece with your friend's name on it. Wouldn't you want to go tell him about the wonderful goodness that is just waiting for him? That's a lot like what missionaries do - helping others find the "piece" and joy that only Jesus Christ can offer. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Nathan
Being a Mormon is wonderful. Whether in Pennsylvania where there were few Mormons, or even Moscow Russia where I served a missionary for the Church where Mormons are even more rare - or in Provo Utah where Mormons are everywhere - being a Mormon is wonderful. It's about being happy and enjoying all the life has to offer. It's about loving your family and helping others. Through scripture study and prayer and weekly church attendance you life is revitalized and energized. Being a Mormon is so much more than just a thing on Sunday - it's every aspect of life. It helps us be morally clean in what we wear or watch. It's about making the right choices when it comes to business ethics or workplace appropriateness. It's about being an example to others at all times and always standing up for what's right. Being Mormon is like always trying to be the best person that you can be, and having the satisfaction in knowing that you and your family and your friends are all better off because of it. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Nathan
Having faith in God is like believing in the wind. You can't see it, but you see its effects and feel its presence. I feel God's spirit throughout the day and often see His hand in my life. An example helps me understand this: Living in Moscow Russia I loved the metro the most. Deep within the ground were millions of people bustling around and you could get caught up in the crowd and never take the time to look up. But when you look up inside many of the Moscow metro stations, you'll see chandeliers, tile mosaics, stained glass windows, marble pillars, bronze statues, painted murals, beautiful works of art - the station is a museum! But so many people rush right by and never notice. I think it's the same with life. We often rush through our day and fail to notice the tender mercies - or little hidden blessings - all around us that are gifts from our Heavenly Father to help us know that He is there. Perhaps it's a call or email from a friend, a smile from a stranger, a good day at the gym, a bonus at work, a recipe that works perfectly - it's anything! Every good thing in life comes as a gift from God. All these blessings tell me that there is Someone above orchestrating these blessings in my life. Show more Show less