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Hi I'm Nathan

I'm a missionary sharing the gospel and having the time of my life while doing so.

About Me

I'm a high school graduate from Syracuse, Utah who loves to be involved. In school I was heavily involved with the National Forensics League or more commonly known as your average debate team and I was part of the event called Mock Congress. It was loads of fun and very educational to learn how Congress really works. I learned to have no fear when speaking in front of people and how to organize my thoughts. Being with friends is one of my more favorite things. I love to socialize, to laugh, and to have a great time. After I finish my full-time mission in the Texas Houston South Mission I hope to attend college, but I'm CLUELESS as to what I want to study. I'm currently leaning towards working with other people's money, but we'll see. I'm passionate about how we can improve the human condition by improving ourselves first, I think that this is why I am so involved with the comings and goings on the local and national scenes. I probably sound like a geek so far and it's going to most likely get worse, but I love to read! Each time I pick up a book it's like I see a movie in my head as I read. Right now since I'm a missionary and we read the scriptures so much it's working out pretty good. I'm the second of four children. I have an older brother who is awesome and two younger sisters whom I love to death. We're no where near perfect, but I figure we get along well enough. (Don't tell them I said that!)

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Because I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and wouldn't lead me astray, the Spirit testifies of truth, not falsehoods. I've received a witness by the Holy Ghost that this is the Church that Jesus Christ has personally restored to the earth today through the prophet Joseph Smith. I receive that witness again and again as I live what is taught by the Prophet of God on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving each day to become more like Jesus Christ in my thoughts, words, and actions. I live my faith by serving as a full-time missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years and am doing my best to bring the light of the gospel to those who do not have it. Will I ever obtain perfection in this life? Nope, but it is eventually possible through the path that Jesus Christ has given us to return to live with our Father in Heaven so that we can be even as He is. Before my mission I was the leader of my young men youth group from ages 16-18. I helped organize activities and do my best to be an example to my peers and those younger than me. One of the greatest blessings of being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that there are countless of opportunities to serve. Nobody gets paid in the Church but there are hundreds of thousands if not millions of service hours performed in the Church every year. It's a privilege to be part of something where I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that this is where God wants me to be and that anybody if they are willing to open their hearts and their minds can have the same exact knowledge.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Nathan
The Book of Mormon is holy scripture comparable to the Bible. The Book of Mormon is just as edifying and uplifiting as the Bible because it's also the Word of God! It's a record about a family that was led out of Jerusalem by God to avoid the imminent destruction that was before them and their travels to the American continent and then their descendants. It's the same God, the same Jesus Christ, and the same Gospel that is shared. There's just a different setting, different prophets, different names, and different stories that show and prove to the world that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church on the earth today with all of the truth that was lost after Jesus Christ and the Apostles were killed or taken off the earth. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Nathan
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets inspired by the Holy Ghost, which is what the definition of scripture is. These prophets lived and walked on the American Continents more than 1600 years ago, but they still knew who Jesus Christ was because of visions and the actual visition of the Savior himself. Show more Show less

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

Nathan
The "Mormon" lifestyle is the best there is! When you follow God's commandments and you know by the Spirit that what you're doing is what God would have you do, it's so liberating! The happiest parts of my life are when I am doing my best to be like Christ. Joy and happiness do not come from the world, it's only temporary. Lasting happiness comes from the Lord. "Wickedness never was happiness." (Alma 40:10) Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Nathan
Mormons are asked to donate 10% of their income because the Lord has asked them to! In Malachi 3:8-10 the Lord clearly reveals that tithing is something that we are commanded to do. What's so unique and what I love about this principle of the gospel is that the Lord says "prove me now herewith" meaning, just try it and see what blessings I will pour down upon you! I pay tithing because the Lord has commanded it and I know that if I didn't, I would not receive the blessings I need in order to follow Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Nathan
Of course there is a God! I think of an analogy whenever anybody asks me if there is a God. If you took a watch, not a modern one, but an old one, and took all of the hundreds of pieces and put them in a bag and shook it around, the watch pieces would never assemble themselves into a watch. It would take an actual being to physically reach into the bag and organize the pieces into a watch. God, or Heavenly Father, is the exact same way. When I look at the world; physics, chemistry, biology, emotions that we experience, and especially when I feel the Holy Spirit I know that Heavenly Father is there and that He is watching over us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nathan
Nope, being raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have never been taught that we worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. Now, Joseph Smith is a very important man. He is the instrument that God and Jesus Christ used to bring to pass the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he was a prophet of God. In my own words Joseph Smith is as important as Noah was in the Old Testament, without him we would be completely and utterly lost because we wouldn't have the Restoration. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Nathan
Faith has two parts. First, belief and second, action, or trust. We can have belief in Jesus Christ but we do not have faith until we act upon the things we believe. If every week we see a neighbor who struggles every week to bring out their trash cans to the edge of the street and all we do is stand there doing nothing, we have no faith. Faith would be recognizing that if Christ were there he would help that neighbor, therefore you should help that neighbor! As James directs us in the Bible, "Faith without works is dead, being alone." I also like to think of faith in another way as well. If you've ever experienced a "trust fall" you know that you need to have complete trust that the person who is catching you, will in fact catch you! You may have a belief that they will catch you, you may even stand there for hours believing that they will catch you, but until you exercise trust, or an action, you'll never have any faith. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Nathan
All I'm going to say is that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I feel like it's safe to assume that Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, are Christians since the Savior's name is in the name of the church! ' Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Nathan
The senior Apostle always becomes the prophet or President of the Church. What that means is the Apostle that has been serving the longest becomes the President of the Church, pretty cut and dry. Show more Show less