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Hi I'm Nate

and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a returned missionary for the Church. My mom is a strong member and I am the eldest of 6 kids. My step-dad is not a member, but he is a wonderful husband and father. My biological dad is as of late an active member of the Church... one of many blessings for serving a mission. I love my family and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. My hobbies and interests include any and all types of physical exercise, automotive mechanics, and anything outdoors. I am a very hands on individual and very laid back when I do not have a large "To-Do List."

Why I am a Mormon

I have studied, pondered, and prayed about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and have recieved powerful witness of its validity by the power of the Holy Ghost. The Restored Gospel of Jesus Chirst has filled a void in my life that has not been filled by any other means.

How I live my faith

I strive to live every aspect of my life in accordance to the teachings of Chirst. I get up early every morning to study, ponder, and pray about the writings in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other sacred writings. I strive to emulate the example and life of our Redeemer in all that I do, say, and think. I strive to show love and respect for all of His creations by being a friend at all times.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Nate
Joseph Smith was the prophet that our Heavenly Father called to restore His Church in these last days. As a young farm boy in the early 1800's he became increasingly desirous to know how he could be saved. He attended many different denominations of Christianity, only to find that each denomination taught from the Bible very differently. In time, he began to seek answers from the Bible and came across James 1:5. This passage of scripture impacted him greatly and he knew that he needed to ask God which of all of the churches were true. In response to his prayer, our Heavenly Father (God) and Jesus Christ appeared and spoke to him. They told him that the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was not on the Earth at that time, but that in due time it would be. Joseph was shocked to have recieved such a vission, but he was thrilled to hear the news. Eventually, Joseph was visited by other Heavenly Messengers, or angels, sent from God to teach him. Joseph Smith was soon called to be the prophet that would restore Christ's Church on the Earth. We invite all to come to know if Joseph Smith was truly that prophet through reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Nate
The Book of Mormon is another testament to the divinity and love of Jesus Christ. The biggest differences between the Book of Mormon and the Bible is the location and the translating procress. The Book of Mormon was written by prophets on gold plates. These prophets lived on the American Continent from about 600 BC to around 400 AD. They believed in Christ and prophesied of His comming. The prophets also taught His Gospel and the people were prosperous when they were righteous. In 33 AD, Christ appeared and ministered unto them, in His Glorified Resurrected body, and taught His Gospel anew. Many years after Christ had returned to Heaven, the people rejected His teachings and began to kill one another. Moroni, the last prophet in the Book of Mormon, recieved a commandment to bury the gold plates in the earth so that the Lord could bring them about to prepare His people for His comming. Moroni did as he was commanded. Joseph Smith was visited by Moroni, who was a resurected being (angel), and was told of the gold plates. In due time, Joseph Smith was called to translate the sacred record which became the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Nate
As someone who has lived on both ends of the spectrum, I know that a true Mormon (Latter-Day Saint) lifestyle has brought me the most joy, peace, and happiness than anything I have ever expierienced. Before I left on my mission, I went to school for about 14 hours a week, worked about 20 hours, exercised about 10, and to church for about 3 to 4 (4 hours due to callings). The remainder of my time was spent either sleeping, playing with my family, attending Church Socials, spending time with friends (Mormon and non-Mormon), helping the local missionaries with appointments, and liesure activities. Since I have recieved a testimony of the Restored Gospel, and sought to live the precepts and principles, I have found more freedom, more time, and a more fulfilling life than what I had known previously. Why would I ever want to return. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Nate
Mormon women are AMAZING! I have never met a group of women who work so hard to bless the lives of others. Many of the Latter-Day Saint women have changed my life and have taught me how to laugh and love. I have a strong respect and love for women who stand for truth, purity, and righteousness, who do all in their power to ease the burdens and trials that are in the world today. I strongly beileve in equality of men and women. We each have our specific roles to fulfill in this life. While men are commonly the workers, women have a role of great significance and importance to our Heavenly Father, to the raising and nurturing of our children. Both parties, however, must contribute. It is a group effort to raise a family in the Lord. In my family both my parents work, and my mother was a single parent for a time! However, when either parents are home we turn to them and respect and honor them. There have been numerous occasions where my mother has been away for one reason or another, my father then had to take over the running of the house. Needless to say, the house has always been in ruins by the time Mom returned. Mothers have a unique ability to maintain structure in a home filled with chaos and confusion. They are peacemakers and teachers, but this is no reason for a Father to come home and watch television. I look at both my parents as equals. No one is better than the other just as no human is better than another. We work together for a common good and that is a family. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Nate
No, the Church will not endorse political parties of any kind. Never the less, we are very much encouraged to participate in "political, governmental, and community affairs." Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Nate
Other than Missionary Work (prosteliting full-time), the Church does all that it can to promote self reliance, relief from disasters, and education to those who would not otherwise recieve that opportunity. Just as our Savior provided help and relief to the lower-class of society, the Church, as a whole, does the best that it can to help the poor and the needy. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Nate
Christ's Church has been on the Earth since the beginning of time. Adam, who was the first prophet, received and taught the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ... faith/trust in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance/changing our hearts and mind toward our Heavenly Father, baptism by immersion by those who are in authority, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. However, Christ's Church, and His teachings, has been lost on numerous occasions due to the unrighteousness of the people. But our Heavenly Father loves us and will not leave us without a way to return back into His presence. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized on the 6th of April in 1830, in Fayette, New York, bringing light and understanding back into the world! There was only a few members then, roughly a handful, but since that time people everywhere have been united in common testimony of the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith through the witness that they have received from reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. Since the restoration and reorganization of the Church, the world has seen technology increase at an ever rapid rate and the Church continue to grow. This website, for example, is one tool that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with to spread the Gospel to "every nation, kindred, tongue, and people." No doubt that the Church will continue to grow and be ever united as we draw closer to the Second Coming of our Lord. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Nate
All of the missionary efforts of the church are funded by the members. More often than not, the missionary will pay for his mission in some way. However, sometimes missionaries need financial assistance. In my case, my parents have loaned me sufficient funds to serve the Lord for these 2 years. However, for a friend of mine, the members of the local congregation (ward), which I attended, payed for and supported him while he was out serving. I am very grateful to be a member of a church that helps, strengthens, and enables people to serve our Lord, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Nate
As spirit sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, we are all family. Our Heavenly Father loves us and we love Him. He teaches us the things that we need to do so that we can live happy, healthy lives. He desires each of us to have as much joy as He does. The same can be said of our father here on Earth. It is in the family that we learn all of the basic tools of life. We learn to grow into functional members of society and in Eternity as well. There is no doubt that life's greatest joys come from the family. Our Heavenly Father does not mean for the family to be seperated. Under the propper authority, our families can be bound forever. Being worthy of this sacred ordinance, and keeping the covenants/promises associated with it, is the main reason why our Heavenly Father has established His Church. The Church that Chist has established has full authority to perform the ordinances necessary for Salvation. Without this authority we can not fully follow the example of Christ, nor recieve all of the blessings our Heavenly Father has in store for us. The Church also teaches us, through living prophets, how we can be better followers of Christ, and as result better spouses and parents. I know that our families can continue to exist beyond this life through faith/trust on the Savior's Name and obedience to all of the commandments of God. Show more Show less