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Hi I'm Nathan

I grew up in Indiana, went out west to school, met a wonderful young lady to marry, have returned to Indiana, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 4. When I am not running around from activity to activity with my kids, I enjoy reading books and being outside. One of my biggest sources of entertainment is geocaching. I not only find it extremely fun, but the kids love it too, so we can actually do it as a family. I work as a manager in a small community bank. I love the opportunity to work with all types of people and to be able to help them meet their financial goals. It really is a great job that I have. I try to be active in my community as well. I am the only LDS professional in Avon, so I feel that it is important to always be on my best behavior, as many people will judge the LDS thru me. That is just a little added pressure to live a good life and do what I need to do.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I actually grew up in the Mormon church, but as a teen I did start to question why. I had always been taught that you should pray for answers to life questions and challenges, so I did. I prayed to know whether the path I was on spiritually was the correct one. I did receive a confirmation, to that prayer, of the truthfulness of the church. It was a feeling that I will never forget, and it will stick with me forever. It has driven me since to be active in the LDS church, to serve a mission, and to lead my children down the same path. When you are touched by the Holy Ghost, as I was during that prayer, you know for a fact that God does live and that he does help direct our lives.

How I live my faith

I am able to serve in the church as the "financial guy." I am in charge of the finances for the Avon area, which allows me to use the knowledge and skills from my career to help the church. I have worked many years as well in the scouting organization. For 7 years I was a Scoutmaster and for 5 additional I was the Cubmaster. I enjoy working with the youth of the church and seeing them grow into adulthood. Of course it does make you feel old, as they marry and move on with their lives and leave you reminiscing of the good old days that you went on campouts with them.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Nathan
Here's a question that I can definately answer. The churches main source of revenue is the tithing that is willing paid by its members. The law of the tithe, asks that 10% of your income be donated by the work of the Lord. The LDS people are very willing to do so. Since none of our "clergy" are paid, all the money can be spent on the building up the the church. Members can also designate their donations to certain areas within the church. The next largest donations go toward helping feed and clothe people around the world. This fund is seperate from the tithing funds that go toward building upkeep and teaching materials, and is devoted to helping the less fortunate. No one is forced to donate to any part of the church, nor does any member know if another is donating or not. Show more Show less