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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a lawyer, husband, and father - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan. I have been a member of the Church since I was 8 years old, I served in the Texas McAllen Mission for two years, and my wife and I were married in the Salt Lake City temple. I love the outdoors and am most interested in the areas of law that manage the human use of natural resources. I really enjoy the mountains and look forward to any opportunity to climb up into them and see what there is to see.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. But as an adult, I continue to participate in the Church because doing so brings me peace and happiness. I have come to sincerely believe that God is real and that He loves me - that Jesus Christ is also real and that He truly did take my pain, sin and sufferings upon Himself - and that Thomas Monson is God's prophet on earth. President Monson's leadership is just as important to us in our day, as Moses' leadership was to the Israelites long ago. I love the Church because it embraces anything that is true. If there is truth in science, philosophy, medicine, political theory, art, theology, or any other area of exploration and inquiry - then we embrace it, we want it. I see truth as a collection of puzzle pieces. The Church has more of the puzzle pieces than any other church or organization. We have the priesthood, which enables us to authoritatively act in the name of God to baptize and give the gift of the Holy Ghost. We have the Book of Mormon, which restores many of the truths that have either been lost from the Bible and were never there in the first place. We have a living prophet, who provides us with guidance and counsel and can make authoritative interpretations of scripture - he can literally reveal the will of God, just as in times of old.

How I live my faith

My assignments in the church will change from time to time - but I will always be a home teacher. As a home teacher, I visit the homes of two or three families each month with a partner. He and I stop by to share a gospel message, pray, and ensure that each of the family's needs are met. In my personal life, I set aside time to study the scriptures and pray both individually and with my wife. I also like to listen to the teachings of living prophets on my iPod on my way to work. My faith also affects my social life. Even though I love to spend time with friends, I avoid parties or gatherings where alcohol plays a central role. And on Sundays, rather than spend money or participate in sporting events, I spend time with family and attend church services.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Nate
The word "prophet" is used several ways both in the LDS Church and in the Scriptures. The most common way Mormons use the word "prophet" is to describe the only person on earth who is fully authorized to both receive revelations from God on behalf of the entire planet and direct His Church on earth. This person is chosen based on a seniority system that was established by the Lord through revelation. There are 15 apostles who preside over the Church: 12 members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and 3 members of the First Presidency. The most senior apostle is the prophet. The most senior apostle is currently Thomas S. Monson. When he dies, the First Presidency dissolves, and the remaining 14 apostles meet as the Council of the Church. The Council will sustain the most senior living apostle as the prophet. That way, the membership and the Council always know who the next prophet will be. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Nate
Mormons believe that the power Jesus uses to save us is called grace. We cannot generate saving power on our own, we must rely entirely on the grace of Christ. We cannot earn grace because it is a free gift. This means that we cannot earn our salvation. But Jesus cannot give us the gift of salvation without our permission - we must accept his gift. In my opinion, the primary difference between the way Mormons think about grace and the way many Christians think about grace is found in what it means to "accept Jesus Christ." Mormons believe that even after initially accepting the Savior, it is possible to lose access to the full benefit of His saving grace by refusing to continue following His commandments. Many other Christians, on the other hand, believe that after initially accepting the Savior, it is impossible or very difficult to lose access to His saving grace. In other words, many Christians believe that we only need to accept the gift of grace one time, while Mormons believe that we need to continue to accept the gift throughout our lives. Show more Show less