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Hi I'm Nathan

I grew up near Seattle, Washington, USA, I love computers, and I'm a Latter-day Saint.

About Me

I'm a pretty low-key guy. I enjoy my family (wife and 3 kids), my work (Web Development), and going on walks. I also like movies (recently watched "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"), and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are faithful members of the LDS Church, so that's how it all began. Since then, I've come to find incredible peace and purpose because of the things I learn as a "Mormon". I remember the first time I felt I knew that the LDS Church taught the truth. I was a teenager, and I was struggling with faith in general. I was quite distressed at the time. I prayed for a witness that God really exists, and that he had a plan for me. A feeling of warmth and calm swept over me. I recognized it as the Spirit of God witnessing the truth of my loving Father in Heaven. Since that day, I've received numerous confirmations and much guidance through that same Spirit.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a good father to my children. It really helps to know that they have a purpose, and that it's my responsibility to help them understand that purpose. In addition, I teach a class every Sunday about the Old Testament. Next year, we'll be learning about the New Testament, which I'm really excited about! Another major part of my faith is being diligent in my responsibilities, whether at work, at home, or at church.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Nathan
I wear a suit, white shirt and tie to church, though my daughter sometimes tells me she doesn't like my tie and wants me to change. As far as holidays go, I guess I would say "all the normal holidays", but who gets to decide what's normal? Christmas, Easter, Patriotic holidays, Thanksgiving, Mother's and Father's day, etc. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Nathan
A ward or branch is a group of people that meet together for Sunday services and support and serve one another. Membership in a ward or branch is usually determined geographically, such that those inside the boundaries are in the ward, and those outside belong to another ward. A stake is a grouping of wards and/or branches. Occasionally (~ twice a year), the whole stake will meet together in a "stake conference", in which the leaders of the stake and wards give sermons. These are usually great spiritual experiences. Show more Show less