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Hi I'm Nathan

I'm a Mormon too.

About Me

I'm a family guy and a student. I love food, cars, anything Italian, and everything to do with the ocean nearby. We live on the beautiful East Coast of Canada. My family have been Latter-day Saints here for five generations. I'm passionate about the environment, I love learning languages, I enjoy all sorts of music, I'm not a bad cook, and I'm a prodigy at parallel parking (haha)! I make mistakes, and I wish I could be better. I have to learn to just have faith, and to live in the moment instead of worrying about the future. I'm just a normal person trying to have a good life. How about you..?

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a science student, which means I'm trained to look for relationships between one phenomenon and another, either in the natural world or in social interaction. I know our beliefs are true because of the way they make me feel; I've been happiest and closest to God when I've lived the Gospel (and the opposite when I haven't). It's become clear over time, just by watching that pattern. Another powerful factor has been the Holy Ghost. God sends us His Spirit to teach us the truth, and I've felt it confirming my beliefs over and over again.

How I live my faith

I really try to do what God asks me to do. It's impossible to be perfect all at once (and too disappointing to try), which is why I've started to work on one thing at a time; I've become satisfied with taking little steps and letting them add up over time. The one thing I feel I'm doing consistently right is studying the Gospel every day. I'm sure that's the reason I feel close to the Lord on a daily basis, because otherwise it's easy to get distracted by a busy life.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Nathan
We believe in all of God's words. As long as they really are His words (or the words of His chosen prophets). The Bible contains what prophets have written about God's relationship with his children in the ancient world. The most important part of the Bible is the ministry of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament. Since Christ is central to our faith, we love the truth the Bible contains. The Book of Mormon is another source of truth, written by other prophets, about what God wants for us. Since they come from the same Source, we believe in them both. A key difference is that Book of Mormon prophets were writing specifically with us and our current world in mind, making it an essential guide for living righteously in today's world. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Nathan
The Book of Mormon was written by many prophets, mainly from the 7th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D. It was hidden for hundreds of years then God called a modern prophet, Joseph Smith, to find and translate it. To understand how the Book of Mormon came into existence, it helps to know how the Bible and other scriptures came into existence. First of all, God loves us and has placed us on Earth to gain experience and learn to make wise choices. We can communicate to our Father in Heaven through prayer, and he often communicates to us through prophets and scriptures (the writing of earlier prophets). Scripture comes when God speaks to a prophet, the prophet grabs his notebook, and the things he writes down get published. That's how it has worked for thousands of years: Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, and he passed them on to his people, and then the world; Isaiah was given visions and prophetic knowledge, and wrote them down for others (including us) to read (many artistic representations of Isaiah show him with a pen in his hand). The Apostles of Jesus Christ, Peter, James, John, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul all wrote books that have ended up in the New Testament. Similarly, prophets that God called in the American continent wrote what they learned from God, and those writings were collected into a large volume. Mormon, who we refer to as a prophet-historian, took all the lessons and stories and connected them with a common thread: a testimony, or witness, of the Savior Jesus Christ. I love the Book of Mormon and I know it contains a message from the Lord. Anyone wanting to know the truth about God and strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ must read this book. That's why God gave it to us. I would like to clarify that the Book of Mormon is not the "Mormon Bible" as some people say. How could anyone replace the Bible? Our belief is that the Book of Mormon is priceless as well, and it will bring readers closer to God. The truth is we love and follow all of God's words in the Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures! Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Nathan
The hint here is that 'Mormon Church' is a nickname for 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.' The first part of the full name tells us that this is the same Church Jesus Christ established during His ministry two thousand years ago. Saints doesn't imply anything special, just followers of Christ. We are living in the latter days, a period spoken of by several prophets, which explains the rest of the title. It's important to realize that the original Christian church, founded by Christ, was lost for many centuries. Then, when the time was right, God called another prophet to bring it back and expand it through the entire world. This Church is a continuation of the first Christian church, and Christ directed its rebirth, or 'restoration' as you've heard it called, through Joseph Smith in the state of New York in the year 1830. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Nathan
"Mormon" is a nickname, given to us years ago when people saw that we believed in a new Book of scripture the Book of Mormon. This is not the Book of mormonism: there was a real person named Mormon who lived 400 years after Christ. He was a prophet on the American continent, and he was the one who took all the writings of prophets before him and compiled them into a book, which was from then on known as the Book of Mormon. We do not worship Mormon; this book could easily be renamed The Book of Jesus, because it is full of the Lord's teachings. In fact, we present it to the world as "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Our belief in Jesus Christ is evident in the full name of our Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), but you can feel free to use our shorter nickname! Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Nathan
Having faith in something means acting despite the fact that we don't know. We believe, and we show our faith by putting our beliefs into action. Whose words should we act on? Whose example should we follow? We should follow someone who will always tell us the truth, and will always keep their promises. Over many years I have built my relationship with the Savior Jesus Christ, and I can honestly say that is how He works. He loves us and has made His purposes very clear: He wants us to follow Him back to our Father in Heaven, and receive all the happiness and knowledge He has to offer. This is not an easy thing to achieve. It is easy, however, to convince ourselves that it's not worth it. But Christ promised in the Book of Mormon: "If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me." This means "If you have faith in me, you will be able to do everything I ask of you." He has always filled in the blanks for me when I did my best in faith. I also know that the Lord loves us, so every time He asks me to do something I can easily have faith because I know it's out of love. There are many people not to put our faith in, not to follow, and not to trust. These people may even be good people, and following their example might be good, but the best person to model our lives after is Jesus Christ. For example, we are living in the "me" age, where it becomes more and more acceptable to serve oneself and go after more personal recreation and independence than ever before. If we put our faith in that model of living, I know we will be left feeling disappointed and unfulfilled. As the Lord teaches, true happiness comes from shunning selfishness and serving others. Another way of thinking that I'd like to address is the tendency to believe that everything we need is found inside of ourselves. Many self-improvement experts and gurus recognize, looking inside ourselves, that there is a power within us, and some even call it divine. These ideas are dangerous not because they are false, but because they are only partly true. Since we are children of God, we inherited from Him certain powers of kindness, perseverance, and wisdom. Humans can accomplish amazing things, but we are here to learn more. If we combine a strong sense of self-worth with a humble recognition that we need God's love and wisdom, then we will put our trust where it can really do us good. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Nathan
Now, to answer the question "Who was Joseph Smith," it helps to answer the question "Who is a prophet?" A prophet is someone God trusts with spiritual knowledge for the purpose of sharing it with others. I'm not talking in the mystical here; it is a very straightforward process! God speaks and the prophet speaks and writes what He says. Prophets are also given concrete tasks to perform (Moses led the family of Israel and taught the Ten Commandments; Paul defended the early Christians and held the Church together; Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and shared it with the world). Beyond looking into the future, prophets are able to see truth, and have the authority to teach it. If you've never been called as a prophet, don't feel bad--I haven't either! But anyone can know if a prophet is true: Jesus Himself promised that we could recognize a true prophet (as opposed to someone preaching from their own wisdom) "by their fruits." That means to take what they say and 'taste' it. The Lord doesn't keep us in the dark, He will always tell us the truth. When I wanted to know if Joseph Smith, the person I had been hearing so much about, was a real prophet, I tried out his teachings and went to Heavenly Father for an answer. I read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it came from a true prophet. I received an answer that has been strengthened over the years, and I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the Lord. And because he is a prophet, we know that he and his successors can help us be closer to God. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Nathan
The 19th century years were a time of great sacrifice and faith for the members of our church. Some people were given the commandment to join in the practice of polygamy for religious purposes. After some time, the Lord withdrew the commandment, which was announced in a public manifesto written by the current President of the Church, Wilford Woodruff (year 1890). In more recent times, the Lord has provided clear instruction on family life, which can be found in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. This document, which came through the Lord's prophet Gordon Hinckley, contains the Lord's instruction on how families should be formed, how children should be raised, and the benefits that will come to our world and societies. My wife and I have studied these teachings and decided that we want to build our family on them. The document is about a page long: I invite you to read it too! Please read at http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&sourceId=1aba862384d20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=e1fa5f74db46c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&hideNav=true) Show more Show less