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Hi I'm Nathan

UX Designer. Piano Player. Hiker. Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at Brigham Young University studying User Experience Design and business management. I love all things technology and consider myself to have a good understanding of technology and the many different ways it can help us. I currently work in computer support on campus and also doing user testing for an app. My life consists of many things besides nerdiness and music rehearsal. I love being outdoors (mostly hiking, parks, and outdoor naps). I've recently taken up running and for the first time am actually enjoying it. I read everything from sci-fi to biographies and even a mix of both (i.e. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter). I love board games. My current favorites are Settlers of Catan, Killer Bunnies, and Munchkins. I love music. I listen to just about everything from early classical to hip hop and jazz. My itunes library consists of about 14 days of music (meaning that it would take you 14 days to listen to my entire library from beginning to end). I've also played the piano for most of my life and the tenor saxophone in jazz bands and concert bands.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, being Mormon was a way of life. My parents are Mormon, but I didn't always understand why that was important. I have always believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet, but now I have no doubt. The church has shaped me into who I am today and I wouldn't want to be any other way. My life is good. I have the things I need and can see the good in life even through the opposition.

How I live my faith

Currently I play the music for my local congregation during the main meeting (sacrament meeting). I love it! Music has a great way of bringing the spirit to the meeting and turning our thoughts to the Savior.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nathan
Nobody in the church is required to serve a mission. Young men 19-26 are asked to serve. While they are not required, we believe it a duty to share the blessings we have with others. It helps us become better people. I have grown so much from my mission. I have seen how the gospel of Jesus Christ blesses me and gives me the determination to live it the rest of my life. Missions bring so many blessings and prepare us for the rest of our lives. Women who are 21+ are allowed to serve missions. Older couples are also encouraged to serve a mission together. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Nathan
Church services are quite similar to most christian church services. I love going to church because it gives me the spiritual boost I need to carry me through the week. Our services consist of a 3 hour block, divided into 3 one hour segments. The first segment is sacrament meeting. This is the most important. If you can make it to only one hour of church I recommend making sure to get to this hour. Sacrament meeting is most like any other church service, consisting of things you'd find in any church. Things like an opening and closing prayer, an opening and closing song, and a couple pre-assigned speakers. During this meeting we also partake of the sacrament (the bread and water), which the Savior instituted at the last supper and during his visit to the people in the Book of Mormon. We partake of the bread and water, which represent his body and blood which he sacrificed for us. When we partake of the sacrament it shows Him that we are willing to continue to take his name upon us and He promises to bless us with the Spirit. The 2nd and 3rd segments consist of different sunday school classes where different gospel topics are discussed. Visitors are welcome to attend every sunday and for all 3 hours! Everyone in the church is friendly and is there to help you have a positive experience. Please come and check it out! Church has blessed my life and I know it will bless, uplift, and inspire yours also! Show more Show less