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Hi I'm Nathan

I grew up in North Dakota (it does exist!). I snowboard, compose music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If you were to throw water out of a cup in the middle of winter in North Dakota, it would freeze before it hits the ground. SERIOUSLY. THAT's how cold North Dakota is. That's probably why nobody else lives there, haha. I'm 23 years old, at a university studying physics. If I had a day to do whatever I wanted, I'd probably have to spend some of it hanging out with my family, snowboarding or hiking with my friends, writing/listening to some music, reading some scriptures, and eating some good food - probably Mexican or Thai.

Why I am a Mormon

The simple answer is because I know it to be true. Just as everyone knows that when they go to sleep at night the sun will rise the following morning (except Alaskans, sorry guys), I know Christ to be true. One might say that science proves that the sun will rise, but what proves science other than faith that it (science) is correct? We haven't personally seen the galaxy from somewhere in space, away from earth, a to allow us to observe the planets revolve around the sun, yet we believe that's what happens. I know that the Church is true, through a feeling in my heart. It just feels right, and peaceful, and happy. I did grow up as a Mormon, but I wasn't born with a testimony (a strong belief/conviction of something). So the questions that come up are: 'what do I really believe?', 'What's really true?' and 'How can I know?' The answer is pretty simple: try and ask what God says is true, since He knows everything. So I put in a bit of faith in prayer and living the commandments, and God payed it back. God does indeed hear - and answer - prayers. God does love each of us. He's mindful of you and I and wants to help both of us. I've had my own experience with God. I put what I heard to the test and sure enough, God is there. I know this to be true, and I cannot deny it, which faith and knowledge brings peace and hope to my life. After having read my experiences, now what will you do? What did you feel? Have a great day!

How I live my faith

Simple acts of service are how I try to live my faith. Even though He was (and is) the greatest of all, Christ spent His earthly life serving. He recognized that we are all children of God, and that all deserve to feel God's love. I try to take care of those that are around me, even if I don't really know them. There's a song in this church called "I'm trying to be like Jesus." It talks about how one tries to follow Christ even though they're imperfect and fall sometimes. I think that's the definition of my life. Perfection is something that's far from me, but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying to be like Jesus. I'm grateful for His love and sacrifices in helping me on my way. Little bit day by day I work hard to become a better person. How do you show your gratitude to Christ?

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Nathan
As long as it's translated correctly, of course we do. I only say "as long as it's translated correctly" because of the expression that something was "lost in translation." It's like a game of telephone - you say something to someone, they they whisper it to someone else, and you repeat this through like 10 or more people. Sometimes people try their best to keep the phrase the same, but other times people change it. By the end of the chain, the phrase is often quite different. But yeah, I really enjoy reading the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. The book of James is currently my favorite book of the Bible, just because it's so direct and informative on such a broad variety of subjects. The other day I was reading in the Book of Mormon and I had a question. To answer the question, I consulted the Bible. With a bit of searching and deeper study I found the answer. This experience is one of many that shows to me how the Bible and the Book of Mormon work together, not against each other, to explain the word of God and guide us. Read them both, they're both equally good. Show more Show less