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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a student. I'm in the Air Force ROTC. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my life! I am recently married to the most wonderful girl in the world! I also have a great group of friends that are all good influences in my life. I am currently a university student studying physics. I love to snowboard, wakeboard, mountain bike, hike...basically anything outdoors. I also love to play sports - soccer, basketball, football, etc... I love music as well; I play the piano, a little guitar, and also the ukulele. I am currently involved with Air Force ROTC here at my university and I have dreams of one day serving my country as an Officer in the United States Military.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was completely Mormon - for generations my family has been a part of this church. Until I was about 14, I lived life as a Mormon because that is what everyone else around me was doing. Soon enough though, I realized that I needed to live my own life the way I wanted to and not how others told me to do...so, I reflected seriously on what I had been taught to believe and then I took the matter to the Lord in prayer. I now live my life exactly how I want to live it - according to the commandments of God, taught correctly only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Lord confirmed to me through personal prayer, that the Mormon church is true and that this is what he wants me to do. My parents and family were the reason why I started to live the Gospel, but my own personal testimony and conviction have now completely replaced them as the reasoning behind my daily actions.

How I live my faith

I served as a full-time missionary for two years in the Northeast of Brazil - it was an absolutely amazing experience that I will never forget! I will always be grateful to the Lord for that time. I also help teach a Sunday School class that helps future missionaries become better prepared to help share the gospel.  Along with this I try as often as I can to help strengthen and fellowship other members of my congregation and ensure they are able to receive all the blessing the Lord wants them to enjoy.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Nate
We believe that Jesus Christ offered us a perfect example of how one should live their life. Many churches believe that baptism is necessary; this is great, but we believe that not just any baptism will do. One must be baptized in the way that Christ was. There are a few things that make His baptism, and subsequently the Mormon baptism, unique and necessary for our eternal Salvation. First, one must be baptized by immersion, or in other words, one must enter completely into the water, signifying the death of a sinful life and the rising up to a new life committed to living God's principles. Second, one must be of an age old enough to know right from wrong. This age limit has been revealed by modern day prophets as eight years old. Any child younger that this is believed to not be held accountable for their sins - for they are innocent and pure as Christ taught - this means there is no need for them to have their "sins" washed away through baptism. Third, one must be baptized by one who has the God-given authority to perform the act of Baptism. There were many priests, rabbi and preachers during Jesus' time, but only John the Baptist had the correct authority to perform the necessary baptism.We continue to believe in what Christ taught us-that someone must hold the priesthood of God to baptize; a priesthood only found in the Mormon church. These three specific criteria require that all new members be baptized in order for them to fully follow Christ's perfect example. Show more Show less