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Hi I'm Nathan

I grew up in Nevada and have recently moved to Alaska. When I grow up I want to be a social worker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single father of a 13 year old little girl who is the source of much joy in my life. I have worked in management most of my career and I continue to go to school to one day become a social worker. Since I work full time I only take 1-2 classes a semester, I am obviously not in any rush. In my free time I love to go geocaching, I discovered it a few years ago and have seen many places around the country I would have otherwise drove past. I love music, I can play quite a few different instruments including the clarinet and the alto sax (my favorite for jazz). I love missionary work, most of the callings I have had in the church have had something to do with missionary work including Ward Mission Leader several times. I love working with the missionaries and watching people change their lives as they accept the Gospel and the Savior into their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted at the age of 17, but quickly fell away from the church. 10 years and many trials later, my wife brought me to Salt Lake to meet her family for Christmas. We of course went to Temple Square to see the lights and enjoy the sights. I was always facinated with the Salt Lake Temple, it always appeared to me to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. As we walked around the square I noticed that people were walking really close to the building and were taking pictures. I asked my wife if it was ok that I went and touched the temple and she laughed at me and said it was ok. I will never forget the feelings I had the moment my hand touched the temple. Time seemed to stand still for a moment as so much joy, love, and peace filled my heart. I felt instantly that I needed to be in there, that there was something in the temple for me and I had to have it!! It was so overwhelming to me that I began to cry and felt so much sorrow and pain for the things that I had done to that point and I knew right away I needed to change immediately. When we got back home I went to my Bishop and told him what had happened and that I needed to know what the Lord had for me in the temple! My Bishop and my Elders Quorom President, two men that I will love for ever and be eternally grateful for, put their arms around me and 6 months later my Elders Quorum President sat next to me as I went through the temple for the first time and finally discovered all the wonderful blessings I had been missing out on all this time! The promises and blessings that I received and the sacared opportunities I now have are the reason I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my Faith by serving with the Missionaries, those young men in white shirts and ties that have knocked on your door with a message of love and peace and joy!!! My faith is strengthened each time we share our message with someone and they share with us how glad they are to hear it. It is a wonderful blessing to watch as people change their lives and welcome Jesus Christ and his teachings into their homes and into their hearts.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Nathan
I am a convert and I used to think the same thing, why the secret and what is going on in there??? The temple is a wonderful, spiritual place! There is nothing secret going on, every person on the earth is invited to qualify themselves to go to the temple!!! I have always found it to be the most wonderful thing that we have an open house for everyone to walk through the temple to see for themselves how beautiful it is! We dont openly talk about the ordinances and truths outside of the temple because they are so beautiful and special and personal to each of us. It would be like posting your most personal and intimate thoughts on Facebook for everyone to see, some things are too special for us to share with everyone so we only share them with the ones closest to us. That is the way the temple is, Heavenly Father's teachings in the temple are so special and so important that he wants to make sure we are completely ready to receive them, so he asks us to follow a few commandments and then rewards us with the blessing of being in the temple. If you live near a temple take a ride and walk around the grounds, you will know you are in a special place and you will feel the peace and love surrounding you. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nathan
No! A few years ago we had a bad flood in the town I lived in and there was a lot of devastation to many homes. At the time I was in charge of the youth program in the church and as leaders we all got together with other religions in the community and we started planning out what we needed to do to help our community. I will never forget the effort that was made throughout the town to help those that were in need. Each night that we went out we would start on one end of a block and work our way through every house doing what we were assigned to do. To us it did not matter whether the person we were helping was of any faith at all, they were our brothers and sisters in need and we were there to help. On many other occasions I have see the church in action helping anyone in need. We want to be there to help anyone we can! Show more Show less