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Hi I'm Nathan

I am very curious about everything. I like experimenting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest child in my family and I try to be a good example for my brothers and sisters. Being social doesn't come easy to me, I have to practice a lot. I don't mind talking to people but I prefer to listen. Right now I am getting plenty of practice talking and listening to people as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; I share with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it has helped me and I get to see how it helps them too. I like to be creative. I like things like singing, writing, and trying out new "experiments" with cooking. I am not necessarily the best at these things but I like to learn and try out lots of new things. You could say that I sometimes prefer to do things my own way, but I have learned that working in groups is really important and it can also create new friendships and help other people to learn and grow too. I am also learning a lot about doing things the Lord's way. It's not always easy, but it is worth it, even if we don't see the results immediately.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the "Mormons") all of my life. My family on both sides have been a part of the church for a few generations. My parents taught me to go to church and read the scriptures and pray, not only when I need help but always. In so doing, they taught me how to find my own answers. When I started going to college, I really started to think about what I wanted in life. That is when I first started really looking for those answers. I wanted to know if what my parents had taught me was really true. I beleived them, but I had always been taught that if I wanted to know something for sure, I could ask God. So I did. I began to read the Book of Mormon more consistently and to pray, asking Heavenly Father if what it contains is really true and about the church and everything that I had been brought up to believe. The reason that I am still a part of the church is because I received that answer. It is not an easy one to describe, but it was a pure and powerful confirmation from God that this church is His church and I had come to know it through the power of the Holy Ghost as I read the Book of Mormon and prayed with sincerity. Now, I share that same promise with many other honest people who want to make the right choices and follow God. I know that anyone who reads the Book of Mormon and Prays to ask God if it is true can receive an answer from Him which is an experience both unique and incredibly significant and life changing.

How I live my faith

Right now, as a missionary, my purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the message of the Restoration of His church and His authority here on the Earth. Through teaching, bearing testimony, and trying to "live" the Gospel, I have the opportunity to help others to feel and recognize God's love which he has for each one of us. The more I learn about the Gospel, the more I realize that living it means putting more of my focus and attention on the needs of others and I find that my own needs are taken care of and I find the blessings and the strength to continue onward. My hope is to be able to encourage and inspire others and to help them to recognize the blessings and the love of the Lord as well as their individual worth as His children.

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

The donation of 10% of our income is called tithing. It is not a new commandment at all, it is mentioned in the Old Testament, and it is a law which God still requires of His children. Obviously Heavenly Father doesn't really have much need of money, but as we show our willingness to make this sacrifice, and to put our trust in Him, He has promised us some very amazing blessings! He promises to open the very windows of heaven and that we will not have enough room to receive the blessings which He has for us. Those blessings are not always temporal, they may also be spiritual but there are many of both freely available. There are some very good things which can be done with that money which is donated. It goes towards the building of chapels and temples, where holy and saving ordinances may be completed. It goes to many causes which offer releif and aid to our fellow man and to the general building up of God's Kingdom here on the Earth. Personally, it is an incredible blessing to pay tithing. My faith and trust in the Lord has grown so much. I have come to see His hand even more in my life and I have been blessed to come closer to Him. Show more Show less

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

With the experience of currently being a missionary, I can say that a missionary's main purpose is to invite everyone to come closer to Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ focuses on knowledge as well as actions and ultimately a way of life which will help us to come to know the Savior better and to gain a personal testimony, or in other words a confirmed witness from God, of the truth. The focus of missionary work and the missionary visits are to learn about and do things that primarily will strengthen that faith in Jesus Christ, as well as many other blessings such as bringing greater unity and love into the family, developing valuable and important moral standards which are becomming harder to maintain, and to learn and progress in our own experience and personal journey here on the Earth. The missionaries will likely mention the Book of Mormon. It's purpose is as another witness of Jesus Christ, and confirms the truths in the Bible that declare Jesus Christ to be our Savior and the Son of God. It is a special book given to us by God that will help to teach the Gospel and be able to develop our faith. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a personal witness and a confirmation of truth through the Holy Ghost. God loves us enough to answer our questions when we ask them with faith and honest intent and sincerity. The result is that we can be confident that we are actually following God's will because He gives us evidence of the truth. Gaining a testimony doesn't just happen because we ask though, it also requires diligent searching which may include studying the scriptures and praying for as long as it takes to receive an answer, which comes in the Lord's time and wisdom, and according to the scriptures, "after the trial of [our] faith." I can say that I have my own testimony because I have tried this method and I know that it works. God loves us and it isn't necessary that we stay in the dark, especially concerning such important matters as His plan for us, or our Salvation or anything pertaining to those things. Show more Show less

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

Nope. The Church never tells us who to vote for. An underlying theme of the church is the importance of freedom to choose. The church teaches true righteous principles and then lets us use our own ability to make decisions. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes. His name is Monson, Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less