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Hi I'm Nathanael

I am a student, the oldest of nine kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite place to be is at home with my family. My parents are my best friends and I have five younger brothers and three younger sisters all of whom I adore. Favorite pass times include listening to music, reading books, and doing anything outside. I especially love biking, hiking, rock climbing, tennis, camping, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. I had the incredible opportunity to serve a full-time mission in Guatemala. The people there taught me that true happiness comes from following God. I was also privileged to study in Jerusalem for a semester. During my time in Jerusalem I came to find a new appreciation for the scriptures we have. I love The Bible and The Book of Mormon because of their truthfulness and purpose in bringing mankind unto that God that gave us life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the ninth generation of an active Mormon family. In other words I was lucky enough to be born into what I believe to be the true church of Jesus Christ. I am where I am today as a result of my forefathers and their amazing stories of sacrifice and faith. Their legacy is one of my sources of strength and inspiration. I do know of myself that the church is true. I received a spiritual witness of its truthfulness through The Book of Mormon. In The Book of Mormon there is an invitation and a promise: "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah." This promise came true to me. God answers in a variety of ways but the result is that by praying about The Book of Mormon one can and will know that this book is true. I am a Mormon because of The Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday. I do this by having a specific routine of reading the scriptures and praying. In order to have meaningful prayers I write down things that I would like to ask God about. I always have a lot of questions and I feel like I am constantly learning even though I have always been a member of the church. I also try to be aware of anyone who could use any help at all. By far the most satisfying feeling that I have ever felt is the feeling that I have helped someone in need. My second favorite place to go is the Temple. The Temple is different from regular churches and we consider it to be the House of Lord, and it truly is that for me. I feel very close to God when I visit the Temple and I go there to find answers to prayers and to have a reprieve from the worries and pressures of everyday life.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The Mormon Temples are one of the most special places on earth. They are Sacred. I go to the Temple to make and remember promises that I have made with God, and to remember what He has promised me in return. There is a standard that a member of the Church must be living to worship in the Temple. As members we receive permission to enter the Temple based on our willingness to obey the commandments and our faith in Jesus Christ. Even those who go to the Temple are still people. I for one am not perfect, I make mistakes everyday. One of my favorite stories about Temple worship is found in Luke 18: 10-14, it reads "Two men went up into the temple to pray the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." What matters when going to the Temple is that we are humble and recognize our need of the Savior. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We are saved through the grace of Jesus Christ. No matter what we fall short. Jesus Christ is the only one who can offer true forgiveness for sins. Even though my own efforts alone will not be enough to receive eternal life, I still do my best because the Savior said in John 14: 15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments." I believe that in order grace to be effective our hearts need to be in the right place. One of my favorite scriptures is Moroni 7: 45-47 which reads "And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him." Charity can also be defined as having one's heart aligned with Christ's. To have charity we must obey God's commandments and strive to do all that He requires of us. Therefore we are "justified of faith and works, through grace." No one can think that they can do whatever they want in life and then plead for forgiveness at the end. Following God is a full-time commitment. Show more Show less