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Hi I'm Nathan Jarvis.

I am an aspiring entrepreneur, a university counselor, a husband, father of five, and a tap dancer. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 37 year-old husband, a father of five (one in heaven and four on earth), and a big "fan" of life. I work as a counselor at a university where I recently completed courses of study in business and accounting. I have a dream to someday turn one of my ideas into an enterprise that will contribute value to our society and allow me to build a legacy for my children. One thing that people are usually surprised to learn about me is that I love to tap dance. I grew up in my family's dance studio and now that I am finished with school I hope to find a studio for my children and me to dance.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people find it difficult to understand why I choose the lifestyle of a Mormon, and this is quite understandable. For instance, it is not easy to see at first why we would go through the trouble of hauling our four energetic children to religious services when going to the pool and catching up on some much-deserved relaxation might seem a more logical choice after a hectic work week. (And we are in the middle of a very hot August as of this writing.) I will admit that it is not always easy to do what we do, but it is always worth it in the longer term. I still get nervous when given the assignment to address the congregation or teach a Sunday school class. Going out on a summer morning to help a neighbor pack everything into a moving van is probably not most people's idea of fun, either. But the fact is that doing these things helps me and my family to focus on the needs of others and to keep our own wants in perspective. The most important reason I am a Mormon is that I have learned for myself that God has a grand Plan of Salvation for His children through a Redeemer who plays the central role. Throughout history, God has labored with love to reveal this Plan to His servants, the prophets. Adam, Noah, and Abraham are a few examples from the Old Testament; the Savior Himself, Peter, Paul, and John come to mind as examples from the New Testament. I know there is a prophet on the Earth today--just as in past dispensations. He gives words of counsel that are as important for our spiritual and temporal welfare in our day as Noah's counsel was to the people of his day. The counsel of living prophets is available to all of us, and I invite you to receive their messages by watching, hearing, or reading them on LDS.org. Then ask the Father of Mankind if they are not the words of His servants. If you seek this confirmation in sincerity and humility before the Lord, I am certain that His Holy Spirit will in due time testify of truth to your soul just as he has to mine.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided many important opportunities to serve that have blessed my life in so many ways. As a young man I was a full-time missionary in Manhattan and the Bronx. I learned that Heavenly Father truly loves all of His children as I witnessed many small miracles that convinced me beyond any doubt that He intervenes in the details of our lives to help us through this journey called Life. Since returning home after this full-time service, I have been given opportunities to serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster for 11-year-old scouts, Choir Director, and Sunday School Teacher for children and adults. Currently I am serving with three other men to coordinate the service efforts of the younger men in our congregation (or "ward"). What I have found through these experiences is that God will help us accomplish whatever He asks of us, regardless of our previous experience and qualifications, as long as we put our trust in him and do our very best. Furthermore, we are magnified through God's grace to improve our talents and turn weaknesses into strengths.