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Hi I'm Nathan

I'm a Substance Abuse counselor . I help people find hope and rebuild their lives from the ashes of Addiction. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 28 year old man who was born into the church, but strayed away for many years. I have since returned, and now enjoy the blessings of being sealed for time and all eternity to my wife and 3 beautiful daughters. In my teens I fell away from the church, getting caught up in the counterculture of drug use and inappropriate sexual behavior. It was many years before I was moved upon by the spirit, and the light of Christ returned in my life. I have 8 years of recovery from drug addiction. Today I live a life of honesty. I teach others of the simple sweetness of the Gospel. My family is central to my plan, and God's plan. Today I am grateful to know that.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up Mormon I was always impressed by the traditions and values this religion supports. Helping people is not done because it is christian or expected of us, it is done because we care and it is the right thing to do. I love to be a part of that. As I studied the scriptures, seeking with real intent, and praying to know God's will for me in my life, I had the undeniable conformation that this is the truth for me. I am Mormon because I took the challenge of the missionaries from the great prophet Moroni. I studied fervently, prayed to know Heavenly Father's will for me, and was impressed upon that this is the truth. I seek nothing more than to be the man Heavenly Father asks me to be.

How I live my faith

My life today is spiritual in nature. My life centers around Christ and his teachings. My wife and I study scriptures together nightly, and it has been such a blessing in our lives. President Hinckley stated he had never seen a couple who pray together daily get divorced. I have found this to be true. Every night before we read we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us to that knowledge which will bring us closer to our Savior. We then kneel beside our bed and pray together before sleep. It is simple, but this simple commitment has brought so much joy into our lives. Our daughters see this, and I see that they are learning that the Lord will always be there to help us, if only we call on him. My oldest daughter says her prayers every night. Her prayers are so simple and pure. She knows that Jesus lived, that he died for us, that he rose again and that he lives still. She often tells me after awakening, whether from a nightmare or from a full night's slumber, that Jesus lives in her heart and he loves her. I see in her eyes that she knows this, she sees in mine that its true. Knowing that nothing can take them away from me offers me more peace in this life than anything else could. I know my savior lives, I visit his home often. I do work for my ancestors, and have often felt their prayers on my heart while I am there. I live the life that I am asked, and I know this without a doubt. This church and those missionaries taught me that God speaks to me. He knows me by name. All I have to do is listen.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Mormonism teaches us that marriage is sacred, eternal, and ordained by God. We are not able to reach the highest orders of Heaven if we are not sealed to a spouse and do not constantly honor that covenant. There are many ways the adversary uses to try and strain or destroy that sacred bond. These methods are used both before we are married and afterward. The law of chastity is the Lord's teachings on how to prevent these methods from taking away our sacred and necessary union. We are taught to begin dating lightly, seeing many potential suitors and not restrict ourselves too early to any one. We are taught to stay within the safety of groups while dating, and to avoid one on one situations such as car rides home, especially at night. We are taught that arousing strong feelings of attraction is a method of the adversary, and those feelings are to be kept strictly within the confines of marriage. We are taught to see a person as a child of God, and not as an object of attraction. We are taught to recognize true beauty in others, and not to get distracted by the physical promptings of a material world. These teachings help me to honor my wife and our marriage appropriately. We support each other, and build each other up always, rather than tear each other down with jealousy and fear. The Lord asks us to honor our spouses above everyone else but Him. I know of no other way to adequately do this except by strict adherence to the law of chastity. Show more Show less