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Hi I'm Jesse Nathaniel

I'm a Mormon. Utah native, college grad, and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm single, but I love being an uncle. My family members are also my best friends. Physical fitness is a major hobby. I exercise a lot, and enjoy experimenting with fruit to make healthy, tasty dessert recipes. I am in awe of nature, and jogging gives me time each day to enjoy seeing and hearing natural beauty. I love reading articles about science, and the latest news. I value relationships above all else, but I also enjoy solitude and meditation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to faithful Latter-day Saint parents, but my own personal spiritual experiences have kept me a member of the Church. When I was young, phrases like "born again," and "mighty change of heart" were mysterious and vague, but as I applied what I had learned from the Book of Mormon, I actually experienced a change of heart. Jesus Christ makes that possible, but there are conditions to it, and the Church teaches what all the conditions are-the right attitude, the faith, what commandments to follow, and more. Father in heaven communicates through a still small voice, like a whisper, and I always benefit from choosing to follow those quiet promptings. The more consistently I follow them, the more frequently they come. I have avoided difficulty and waste by heeding that still small voice, and I have seen friendships grow where none existed before. The guidance I receive in even the most tiny details of life is a daily witness to me that Father in heaven knows who I am, what I am doing, and what I am dealing with. I have this relationship with Him because of knowing, and adhering to, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church, and the scriptures he gave us today, especially the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith influences every part of my life. Privately I read the scriptures and pray every morning and night. I look to the Lord for guidance in every major decision I face. I used to keep records for my local congregation, and teach Sunday School. Living my faith is usually not about getting recognition; being nice to people I meet, being honest, disciplining my daily activities, forgiving others, are not about getting attention, but they are essential to my faith. Meaningful conversations with people about the meaning of life, God's love for us, His plan of happiness, and how it all relates to the daily grind of everyday life, the tragedies and triumphs-those talks are among my favorite parts of being a Latter-day Saint. There is so much the Gospel offers, and I am eager to pass on what has helped me.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jesse Nathaniel
YES! The Bible is the history of the gospel, the beginning of the story. The Old Testament tells about the creation of the world, where the Jews came from, and ultimately where Jesus Christ came from. The New Testament tells about Jesus Christ, his birth, life, teachings, ministry, miracles, death, and resurrection, and the attempts of his disciples to share the gospel with the world. The Bible teaches us that God speaks to people, in many ways, not just through prophets and books they wrote about their experiences, but to individuals. The Bible a collection of stories about how God interacts with individuals and nations. Revelation is a recurring theme in the Bible, and we are blessed that its authors took the time to write what God did and told them. Such revelation should be a part of our lives today as well. Show more Show less