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Hi I'm Nathan

I'm a college student. I'm columnist for a student newspaper. I'm a part-time park ranger. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live the poor-college-kid life. You know, full-time classes and a few part-time jobs -- just trying to get by until I can actually MAKE money instead of just spending it. It's the kind of life that allows you to truly appreciate a free home-cooked meal, when all you've had for weeks is Hamburger Helper's cheesy hash-browns, Kroger-brand's mac and cheese, and hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When I'm not thinking about food (which does happen on occasion) I enjoy reading books with good stories (fiction, sci-fi and fantasy, often YA), playing sports of all kinds (If it has the word "ball" in it, I probably like it: basketball, football [both kinds] volleyball, racquetball, etc.) and most especially spending time with amazing people (friends, family and Taylor Swift). When people find out I'm a college student, they typically ask, "what's your major?" followed by, "oh wow! what are you going to do with that?" I don't think I've EVER answered either of these questions in the same way twice, but I typically answer the second question something like this: "I honestly have no idea." In short, indecisiveness has decidedly ruled my life up till now. I'll certainly let you know if that changes in the future. Or I might not. We'll see.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of this Church because I've discovered for myself that it is true. I grew up as a member, but my parents and teachers encouraged me to study the Gospel on my own and discover for myself whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true or not. This "discovering for myself" was not a single moment that I can look back on and say "this is when I knew it was all true." It was more like a series of small evidences and answers to prayers that confirmed over and over again that God lives, knows and loves me, that His Son Jesus Christ dies and atoned for my sins, and that the Book of Mormon is scripture from God's mouth to His prophets. It is this physical evidence, the Book of Mormon, that lies at the very heart of my testimony and is the very reason that I served a full-time, two-year mission to Thailand and the reason that I go to church each week -- in short, the Book of Mormon is the reason I'm a Mormon. I have drawn closer to Christ as I have sought to live its teachings. It is another Testament of Jesus Christ, which, along with the Bible, reveals the extent of His sacrifice for me. I have prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I have received an answer from God via his Holy Spirit, which confirmed that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that we have living prophet who receives revelation in our modern day. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that's why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live in a college town in a student branch of the Church. There I have the opportunity to meet with other members my same age. We often take part in service projects that benefit the Church as well as the community. Along with being a home teacher (where I have the opportunity each month to visit a few other members of the branch and share a Gospel message) I am also a Young Single Adult representative for the Stake. This means, I help coordinate activities and devotionals for other single adults my age in the 12 different units (which all together are called one "stake").