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Hi I'm Elnathan

I spent most of my life in Washington state. I love the great outdoors and am studying physical therapy. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 7 children. I lived most of my life in Washington state, but I am currently in Massachusetts while attending school to become a physical therapist. I love spending time with my family. I love the outdoors. Camping, fishing, hunting, shooting, hiking, scuba diving and playing sports are all included in things I love to do. I'm also happily married to my wife of just over 3 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. It brings me great peace to know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who is interested in me and my life. I know He is because I have felt His love and guiding hand in my life more times than I can count. I also know that I am not perfect. But I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven of my mistakes and not only that but that I can be comforted in times of pain and hardships. The Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me a better person and affects every single aspect of my life for the better. I am a better student, brother, son, husband and co-worker because of the knowledge and strength the Gospel gives me. There was a time when I decided that maybe this church wasn't for me. I was home-schooled most of my life and didn't have very many friends. In 8th grade, the majority of friends that I did have thought it was not cool to go to any kind of church. Period. The peer pressure that I felt was considerable and I was teetering on the decision to keep going. After weeks of thinking things out, I decided that I would do what the missionaries tell everyone - to pray and ask. If I got an answer then I would keep going and if I didn't, it didn't matter to me what I did. So after some serious searching of the scriptures (especially the Book of Mormon since if were not true it could imply that other things that my parents wanted me to do were also maybe not true or warranted), I got down on my knees and ask God in as plain as words as I could. I explained my situation with my friends and the desires of my heart (to be happy and have friends). It took probably 15 minutes. Afterwards I stood up and just sat on my bed thinking for a few minutes, and that's when I had this certain feeling of peace and within my heart I knew that it was true. That the Book of Mormon was true, the things my parents had taught were true and I knew for myself. And ever since then, my testimony has just kept growing.

How I live my faith

In the church, I help teach lessons if needed during Sunday school. I also help bless and pass the Sacrament. I visit other members to make sure that everything is going well with them and give service and help where possible. I also have the duty to kept track of how many donations the church in my area receives and what it is used for and to whom it is given. I also ensure that everything balances out and that all funds are accounted for and proper laws and rules are followed.