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Hi I'm Nathanael

I grew up speaking French. I play golf as often as I can. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have grown up mostly in Utah. I come from a large family (I have 8 siblings). I am married and have two beautiful children. I am a university student preparing to become a hospital administrator. Since my childhood, music has been one of my passions. In school I played the Tenor Saxophone and the French Horn. Nowadays my wife calls me the walking, talking jukebox because I always have a song in my head. I am also an avid golf player. I became addicted after the first swing and I haven't been able to let it go since. When I cannot play golf, I like to play frisbee, basketball, and tennis. My most favorite past time is spending time with family and friends. My wife and I are constantly inviting friends and neighbors to our home to enjoy company and build friendships. We enjoy getting to know other people, hearing about their lives, and learning important life lessons from them.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child growing up I was always told that reading and studying the scriptures on a daily basis would help to improve our lives. Specifically, I was promised that I would have more peace, more patience, and more love towards others. It wasn't until my mid-teen years that I truly desired to have those promises in my life. I remember one morning eating breakfast and seeing the Book of Mormon on the kitchen table. I picked it up, read a chapter, put it down and went to school. I did that for 2-3 days in a row until I totally forgot to continue the practice. About a week after I stopped reading I realized that my life had fallen back into the gutter like it was a week before. It was then that I realized the effect that daily scripture study had on my life. That was when I first truly began to believe that this church was true and that the things it taught were correct and good. Since that day, I have rarely missed an opportunity to study my scriptures. As a result, my testimony in and reliance upon God the Father and Jesus Christ have grown stronger than ever before in my life. I continue to believe because God continues to manifest to me, both through physical and spiritual means, that what I believe and practice is true. Without that confirmation, I wouldn't believe what I believe.

How I live my faith

I recently served as a counselor to the head of a local congregation of young single adults. I specifically worked with the congregation's activities committee, women's organization (known as the Relief Society), and men's organization (known as the Elder's Quorum). It was my opportunity and privilege to serve each of those different groups to the best of my ability. I found that in serving others, my problems faded away and peaceful joy overcame doubt and fear. Currently I have an assignment in my congregation to index historical census records. The purpose of this assignment is to help ease the difficulty of family history work and to make the information more widely available to the world.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Nathanael
The prophet of the church is selected in a similar manner to the selection of Mathias as one of Christ's apostles in Acts 1. The apostles gather together and prayerfully consider which individual ought to be called as the next prophet. A name is put forth and then the apostles pray and "cast lots" or give what they feel God has revealed to them as an answer to whether or not that individual ought to be called as the next prophet. In our day, the revelation received by the apostles is unanimous and then the prophet is selected. The most important part of that process, for me, is that the apostles focus entirely upon the revelation they receive from God. The process is filled with prayer and with a desire to know and follow God's will. That, to me, is an amazing thing! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Nathanael
Mormons believe, as it says in Ephesians 2: 8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." In other words, we receive access to the grace of God because of our faith. We further learn in James 2: 17 that "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." We believe faith to be a principle of action (meaning we act on the beliefs of the church by attending weekly services and meetings, studying daily in the scriptures, receiving necessary ordinances, doing our best to follow God's commandments, etc.). However, as the Book of Mormon states in 2 Nephi 25:23, "...for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." Despite our best efforts, grace is the saving power in our lives. Our responsibility, then, is to have true and abiding faith, which then opens the doors for God's grace to take effect. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Nathanael
The atonement of Jesus Christ included His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and His subsequent suffering and death on the cross. The atonement was culminated in Christ's glorious resurrection on the third day. The word atonement, broken apart, is "at-one-ment" meaning "at one with." It is through the atonement of Jesus Christ that we are able to become at one with God. In the Book of Mormon it states: "it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made. For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice" (Alma 34: 9-10). The necessity of Christ's atonement comes from the fact that we are all imperfect. In Romans we read that all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And from the Book of Mormon we learn that we cannot, in and of ourselves, pay the price associated with our sins. It is as if we are debtors to God for the sins we have committed and we are unable to pay the price necessary. Jesus Christ, as a benevolent benefactor, stepped in, paid the price for all sin, and asks that we have faith in Him, repent of our sins, and strive our best to keep His commandments. It is through the atonement of Jesus Christ that we are able to repent of our sins, thereby escaping the punishment and price associated with those sins. Without the infinite and last sacrifice of Jesus Christ, all mankind would perish and would be lost. Show more Show less