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Hi I'm Nate

I love life, I love being with my family and friends, I believe in God and Jesus Christ, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy sports and being with my family and friends. For more about my studies, faith, and topics of interest, see my website at www.richardsonstudies.wordpress.com. I study at Brigham Young University and the topics I focus on are Ancient Near Eastern Studies and biblical Hebrew. I recently married my long time friend Megan and we happily live in a little apartment in Provo collecting and sharing books and memories.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is what helps me to walk with a smile on my face. It helps guide me in the choices I have to make every day. Growing up, we read from the scriptures, including The Book of Mormon, and prayed daily as a family. We went to church weekly, and helped serve our neighbors family and friends. When I moved out of the home, I kept doing that because I knew it was true. It helped strengthen my testimony that the teachings of the church as found in The Book of Mormon are true, and that I really could find power to do good by repenting of my sins, and leaning upon The Lord. It's good to have a solid foundation where I know God loves me, and that He speaks to me through prayer, parents, and teachings of the modern day prophet. I believe the church is true, and that God founded it as He did in Christ's time. I'm not afraid to face the future because I know God will guide me every step of the way. I know this church is true. I have studied about this and I have felt the witness of the Spirit that these accounts are true as I do and pray. The church is where just about all the blessings in my life come from.The Spirit continues to testify to me that he was Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that his successors are as well. My grandpa read the Joseph Smith pamphlet and knew it was true. From his choice I've had the gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

I've lived my faith by reading the scriptures and learning to believe Jesus Christ can redeem me, repenting of my sins, being baptized, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I am learning God's plan for me from the scriptures, and from going to Sunday services at church. I've had the opportunity to teach and serve in the church full time. I'll raise my children, teach them from the scriptures daily, help them enjoy living a righteous life, and seek to be a good influence on others in the work place and the community as I serve there. I'll continue to make the most of an education so I can further bless my family church community and the world. In my home is where I'll do the most good. I keep a daily journal to recognize the hand of the Lord in my day to day life.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Nate
We believe that Jesus is The Chirst the Son of God, and that all may come unto Him and find peace in this life and eternal life in the life to come. Believeing in Jesus Christ alone isn't enough, we have to live what He taught. He taugh, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." -John 14:15. He was sent to do His Father's will, and to be lifted up upon the cross -3 Nephi 27, The Book of Mormon. He is my personal Savior, He knows me perfectly, He loves me perfectly, and He gave His life for me so I will live again, and so I may be saved from my sins. I love Him and want to keep His commandments so I can live forever in His presence with my family. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Nate
The missionaries of the church serve at their own expence, not recieving any pay, just as The Savior didn't recieve any pay. For my mission, I saved all the money I could, and my family helped fund the rest of the costs. Often time, members of the local congragation will help provide for a poor young person to go on a mission to spread the gospel. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Nate
The Priesthood is the power God uses to do everything. He has given that authority to man today through the Prophet Joseph Smith, by the laying on of hands. This came in a direct line of authority from Jesus Christ. Resurrected John the baptist came to Joseph Smith and gave him a portion of it, and resurrected Peter James and John the original apostles of Jesus Christ who also held this authority came and gave the rest of it. All appointed prophets of God since the beginning have had this power. Moses used it to part the Red Sea, the Apostles of Jesus Christ used it to heal the sick and who were crippled, and to receive revelation as how to guide and lead Christ's church in former days. Today it is used for the same things. While one may have this authority, the power of it will only come with it as they are personally righteous. Fathers use it to seek further revelation as to how to preside over their families in love and righteousness. Leaders in the church use it to receive revelation concerning the people over whom they preside, such as who The Lord would have fill certain offices in His church. The Priesthood is important because without it, just anyone could claim to be from God, and lead the church any which way, and it would cease to be The Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Nate
Pornography is prevelant in today's society. I hope that I can raise my voice against it here. I believe the way we can stop it is to dress modestly, and give no heed to the industries which promote it. Music can be belittling in it's lyrics and tones, so much of which we don't need to participate in. It will tear down our self esteem and lead us to be imodest and then imoral. I believe we need to teach our children good values in the home, and be aware of their activites outside of the home. A mother and a father should be who are the primary enforcers of the laws of the home. Scripture study on a regular and consistant basis will empower our thoughts with virtue, and we will return to being as a child, and flee at the first sight of sin, or the first mental notion of doing it, looking at it, or dwelling upon it. I believe schools need high standards in dress codes. Communities need to look after eachothers children to help teach them the way we should hold ourselves. We should remember God. Then we won't seek to frivolously use our money and time to indulge, but to give. Remembering God we will also remember that we are His children, and our worth is too great to spoil ourselves with demeaning purposes. Since pornography is a counterfit of happiness that can be found in family life, I believe we need to stand up for the family, and promote that by word and example. "The strength of any nation is rooted within the walls of it's homes." -The First Presidency Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Nate
The church is for families, not the other way around. It's like a treasured tool sent from God to build our families. The church is also like a car to drive our families to The Kingdom of God. Family is more important than anything, we are responsible for each other, and if we look carefully the scriptures emphasize this all throughout the Old and New Testament, The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and living prophets and apostles are declaring today that the family is ordained of God, and the most important unit in time and all eternity. We will report to God on particularly how we took care of our families. We have been asked to kneel and pray daily not only as individuals but as family, and to teach each other the gospel especially within our families. Family responsibilities are far more important than any church service we can render, although both are so important. We believe families are the way God designed us to be in, to create the best environment, full of love, to learn how to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot have a fullness of joy if we don't desire and work towards having families of our own. The sacrifices we make to love, serve, and teach our children are well worth it. This life is not the only existence. We can be a forever family if we follow Jesus Christ, and are sealed in God's temple. The authority and power to seal families has been brought back to earth today. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Nate
Read the scriptures, pray, and go to church. Faith grows, in my experience, by exercising the faith we already have. If we have the faith that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet on the earth today, we follow His teachings we though they were from the mouth of God Himself, even when it pushes us beyond what we thought we could do, or puts us through embarrassment. When I read the scriptures, and really study them, I feel the Spirit of The Lord, and it helps me desire to follow Jesus Christ by serving God and my fellow man. When I pray, and really picture The Lord before me hearing my prayer, and pour out my soul to Him, I feel His presence love and guidance, that builds my faith as well. As I bare my testimony, that strengthens my testimony as well. When I do what I need to do with kindness and charity, I can keep The Lord's Spirit with me, and everyday becomes an institution, and I'm filled with joy! I recognize more and more that I am a child of God, and that He has sent me here for a wise purpose. That even though I do not yet understand that purpose fully yet, what I do understand of it drives me, and motivates me to do, and search, and conquer, and give. The gospel of Jesus Christ I have learned is not something you do when you are older, it's something you need to be everyday. DOING things like serving others, searching the scriptures, praying, and going to church on Sundays, my faith in Jesus Christ grows. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Nate
Baptism is a sacred ordinance in which we enter into a covenant with God to keep His commandments, always remember Jesus Christ, and to take upon us the name of Christ. To stand as a witness of God at all times and places (Mosiah 8:8-10). This means we will comfort those that stand in need of comfort, so we may be redeemed of God and dwell with Him after we die. Being baptized is something we need to know about before we do it. Otherwise, it's just an action that doesn't help us grow. Baptism is symbolic of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. No person can go to The Kingdom of God without being baptized. Everyone must be baptized to witness to God they will be obediant to His commandments. Little children are free of sin, and need no baptism. They are holy, and Christ's grace redeems them from the Fall of Adam and Eve. Before a child knows to choose good from evil, they cannot sin, so all of them who die before the age of accountablilty, which has been revealed by the prophet Joseph Smith to be 8 years of age, go to the Celestial, or highest, kingdom of God (Moroni 8). Those who die without having had the gospel who would have recieved it with all their hearts were they permitted to tarry will be heir of the Celestial Kingdom of God (Doctrine and Covenants 137:7-10). After baptism, we need to continue to live the gospel of Jesus Christ by exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting, keeping covenants, and following The Holy Ghost to the end of our lives. Show more Show less