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Hi I'm Nate

Proud husband and father of 3. I'm currently a CS student at Brigham Young University.

About Me

I have two sons and a daughter. My wife is a native to Arizona, and I lived there most of my life. I'm currently studying computer science at BYU. My wife works part-time in the commercial real estate field. We enjoy spending time together, sports and the outdoors. I try to hunt or fish when I have the money and time. I write, ride motorcycles, run and enjoy most sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at the age of 8. I stopped attending church services shortly after that. When I was 17, I noticed myself falling into bad practices making bad decisions. I needed direction. My aunt and uncle suggested I return to church. I started investigating the possibility thereafter. I spoke with missionaries from the church and prayed about what to do. I gained a testimony of The Book of Mormon, that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. I felt the Holy Ghost return to my life, as I attended my church meetings and began to make better decisions. I have realized over the last 10 years that being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn't solve all my problems. It gives me the tools to do so, through scripture and counsel from church leaders. I enjoy having a relationship with my Heavenly Father, as I lean on him for guidance and strength. I know that His blessings are available to all that accept Him into their lives.

How I live my faith

I believe a person's example is his/her most effective tool to help others understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each member of His church receives a calling to serve others, whether through teaching or other labor. Outside of that commitment, I am committed to serve those in my neighborhood that stand in need. I have served in community service projects, helping clean up a neighborhood. I have assisted the disabled, helping the deaf to take notes in class and participated in reading for the blind. Other service has included the therapy of disabled youth through equine assistance. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I know I must be steadfast in my willingness to be a positive influence for others. Through regular service, following the counsel of the church and committing myself daily to change I can live my faith.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Nate
The husband and wife of a family work collaboratively and equally to raise a righteous posterity. That being said, their responsibilities, while equal, are different. A husband should provide for the well-being of the family, establishing a solid financial/temporal foundation to build their future upon. He is also the leader, but must consult with the wife and his Father in Heaven as he makes decisions. The wife's primary responsibility is to create a home where she can raise her children. This does not mean that the husband has no part in the upbringing of their children. It is a collaborative process, but a mother's inherent nature gives her the best ability to teach and guide children. In all aspects of life at home, husband and wife must work together and share burdens equally. One's responsibility or divine nature does not mean they are to work alone. Unique situations may require that roles shift temporarily, as wives work to help provide financially. Husbands may likewise step in to provide for his child's spiritual or emotional needs. Marriage is a dynamic relationship that can only be strengthened and grow by the willingness of both partners to serve and be served. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Nate
I heard an interesting thought on this matter, not too long ago. Men and Women are undeniably different. Despite that fact, God does not love one more than the other. He gave women the blessed opportunity to bear children. While some may argue that to be an arduous, painful process, it is also one that brings great blessings. The same can be said about the priesthood of God. It requires that a worthy holder be willing to serve and bear others' burdens. At the same time, it brings great joy to those that serve worthily. God has given man and woman different responsibilities to make us dependent on one another. Only through this cooperative process can we raise families in righteousness and serve one another. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Nate
2 Nephi 26:26-27 reads: Behold, hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you, Nay. Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance. God wants everyone to come to Him. Nobody will be turned away from church meetings. He has love for everyone. We’re commanded to love everyone. However, salvation has a price. Jesus paid part of that price, most of it, through the Atonement. The remainder is paid through faith and obedience to His commandments. Elder D. Todd Christofferson has said, “We recognize that same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States and some other countries and that people have the right, if they choose, to enter into those, and we understand that. But that is not a right that exists in the Church.” Doctrine and Covenants 63:66 says, “These things remain to overcome through patience, that such may receive a more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, otherwise, a greater condemnation. Amen.” While we may not fully understand God's ways, patience and faith will bring understanding and reward. I respect that civil laws and God's may lead us all down different paths. When our paths diverge though, there’s no reason to throw stones from one path to the other. Practice love, regardless of circumstance. Show more Show less