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Hi I'm Nathan

I am a Husband, I am a Student, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student, looking to go into medical school. I love to learn, spending time with my wife, and playing board games with friends and family. I recently returned from an LDS mission in California, and loved it. I love theater. Acting, directing, lights, sound, props, you name it. My wife and I are expecting our first child, and I am looking forward to the challenge and blessing of being a father.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was born into the church, with my mom having joined in Highschool and my dad's family joining when he was young. They have always taught me the principles of the gospel, and I have had the opportunity to see them at work in my life. My personal testimony of the truth of these teachings has come slowly, over time. The doctrines and principles of this religion have always made a lot of sense to me, which is important, as I consider myself to be an intellectual person. What really brings a knowledge of truth, I have found though, is the application of the things that I learn. Throughout my life I have experienced the promises given in the scriptures fulfilled, and seen the hand of God in my life in so many ways. Because of the witness of the Spirit and the evidences that I have seen in my own life, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's true and authorized church on the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are true, and contain the words of God to us, His children. I know that God lives and loves each one of us, that Jesus is His Son and Our Saviour. I know that Joseph Smith was called to restore the fulness of the gospel to the earth, and that there is a living prophet of God today on the earth. I know that God has a plan for us, to become like Him and enjoy the fulness of His blessings.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day, in every interaction and everything I do, for that is what God expects of His saints. Things like studying the scriptures and praying are things I do to prepare myself to serve others. At work or school or wherever I am I try to be an example of Jesus Christ in the way I behave and speak. Really it's a pretty normal life, but just has that focus of the Saviour overlayed on everything else I do. In the church I am currently serving with my wife as a teacher in the Primary, or children's sunday school. I also get to serve as a cub scout leader for the boys, and I love working with the kids and seeing them learn to love the gospel. I served a full time mission for my Church in California, and strive even now that I am home in Canada to share the gospel with others, so that they can experience the joy that it has brought to my life. I love to answer questions about my beliefs and help people understand why I live the way I live.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Nathan
Missionaries are called to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. When they come to your home, they will usually start by just getting to know you a little bit, so that they know how to best help you understand the message. They will teach about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith, and why that restoration needed to occur. They will teach about God's plan of Salvation for his Children, which centers on the Atonement of Christ and answers questions like "where did I come from?", "what is the purpose of life?" and "where will I go after this life?". The missionaries will focus on baptism, and teach about the doctrines faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the importance of each. They will teach some of the commandments of God, and things that He expects to do and live as His Saints. They will also talk about things that you can do to find the truth of the things they teach for yourself. No one is expected to take their word alone, but to find an answer for themselves through study, prayer and the Spirit. The missionaries are happy to answer any questions you may have about what we believe, why we believe it and why it's important, so please feel free to ask them anything. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Nathan
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets of God, just as was the Bible, only these prophets lived on the American continent. These men recorded the revelations they recieved from God, the things they taught the people in their time and some of the history of the church in their location on metal plates. A prophet named Mormon complied and abridged all the records at around 380 AD, and called it collectively the Book of Mormon. This record was buried and kept until 1827, when Joseph Smith was led by an angel to the location of the plates, and then translated these words of the ancient prophets by the gift and power of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nathan
No we do not worship Joseph Smith in any way. We respect him as a prophet of God, and are grateful for the work that he did to help restore God's church on the earth, but do not look to him or anyone else but Jesus Christ for salvation. We worship God the Father through His son Jesus Christ. The center of our doctrine is the grace of Christ provided by His atonement, and how we through him can become more like our Heavenly Father. "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ... that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" 2 Nephi 25:26- Book of Mormon. Show more Show less