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Hi I'm Nathan

I'm a video game programmer, a video game journalist, sci-fi & fantasy writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in high school, and finishing that up I will be attending a 4 year college to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Game Programming. I love programming, and I love making video games. I spend my time writing fantasy or sci-fi short stories - or I work on my fantasy book. I have been writing for an online video game "blog" since May 2010, and since then have been to 3 major game conventions working as Media, made contacts with several executives from large game companies, and have gained many job experiences. I earned my Eagle Scout rank a week before my 18th birthday, and have learned many skills from that achievement. Also through the Scout program I learned that I had a knack and love for a new hobby: SCUBA diving, which I became certified during the summer of 2011. I love playing Dungeons and Dragons, RTS / RPG / Action/Adventure video games, and hanging out with friends. My favorite movies are Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and TV shows of all time: NCIS(:LA), and Star Trek. Currently, I'm learning C/++ and video game design, and planning on starting my own game studio and publishing a console based game that I have been working on as a side project. Overall, I'm a simple techno-geek, and a self-taught scholar on topics related to my interests.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church. I struggled to find my own testimony and belief in the gospel, just as I know many others who grew up in the Church have had. I was weak; I wasn't able to stay up on my own, because I never gained the roots of the gospel in my life to hold me up. Around the age of 13, I started getting into some serious things revolving around chastity. I lost the Spirit, and fell away from the Church, and for all intents and purpose until the summer before my 17th birthday, I was Atheist. I would fight and argue where I could against my parents of my disbelief, I mocked others who had any religion, and I was very rude, angry, and cynical. I still went to Church, and Mutual, but that was at the forcing of my parents. That all changed when I was forced to go to one last youth conference during the summer of 2010. At the end testimony meeting the night before we left to go home, something hit me - something I couldn't deny, send away, or get out of me. Someone bore their testimony, and something they said had struck right home into my heart. Tears had poured out from my eyes; something that hadn't happened since my older brother left home early at age 17, from strife in my family. Up to that point, I had felt seriously alone, lost, and uncertain of any future. Again, I was cynical, and simple existing. I was angry at everyone around me, and I pushed everyone who cared about me, or I cared about, violently away. That night, I felt the Spirit. I knew I felt it, because it was something that I had not felt in years, but the minute I did, I remembered exactly when the last time I felt it was, and how it felt then. I heard a voice speak to me and say "I'm here for you. I always have been." It integrated into my conscious then, that I wasn't alone. I remembered everything that I was taught in my childhood in Church - and I knew for myself that it was all true. Since then, I have turned my life around swiftly, and never been happier.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the best way I can, and normally it is second nature. As a child, and adolescent, I learned the value of having people simply being present in my life, and I always try to reciprocate that to others around me. My friends have always known me as someone they could count on to listen, and give advice, and simply be there if they need me. I do the simple things, such as opening doors for others, helping people pick up things they dropped, running errands for fun, and trying to make anyone's life easier. I live my faith how my friends call "secretly". Everyone that meets me knows I'm different, but I don't come out forcing the gospel into people's lives - I invite them to see it. I've lived my faith by acting as a generous, courteous, and gentlemanly way around my fiance. When we were still friends, she saw a light in my life that she had wanted all of hers. She asked me about my faith, and I opened the doors for her. Her, and along with many others in my life, have asked questions, and I have responded with kindness, understanding of both sides of the conversation, and invited them to the truth that I know of Christ's gospel and Church.

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

Nathan
A Mormon lifestyle is a drug and alcohol free one, and a chase one. It's free of spouses cheating, abuse, pornography. It's one of service at the beckoning of a phone call at 2 a.m. It's doing what is right always. It's also about passion for interests, and ever-seeking knowledge. We live, just like any other does. We have school, or work, and our social groups. Where we are different is that we don't see rated-R movies, spend Sundays only at Church, Church activities, or family gatherings; high school students get up in the morning before school everyday to learn about the scriptures and gospel, and we give willingly 10% of our income to the Church. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Nathan
Women don't hold the priesthood because they don't need to. Men need it to be able to work in life, and provide for his family. It isn't their responsibility - it's man's. Mormon women lead the church because of how we regard them as equals. We need their guidance to in turn provide it to others. They give us insight when we need it, and even when we don't. They are our companions. However, women have their own organization in the Church that allows them to provide work and service. It is the largest structured organization consisting of just the women in the Church in the world. They have their own offices, duties, and structure, allowing them to influence and provide to the smallest unit of the Church from the Presidency. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Nathan
You can put it to the test. Try out a principle that has meaning to you. Live its standards as the Church states. If at the end you feel better - you know it's because of your choice to live it. But always, seek it by reading the Book of Mormon, or Bible, and then pray. Ask your Heavenly Father if this Church and its gospel is true. You will receive an answer. I have, and I promise you, you will too. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Nathan
Mormon women are those who have high standards of the men they date, and look for potential husbands. They're ones who someone can be positive of their purity, their faith, and their devotion. They are beautiful, talented, individualistic, capable, and wonderful women. Mormons believe in the equality of men and women. The Apostle Paul taught that "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:11) Some view us as sexist because of the role gender plays in our lives, with missing the context and reason. Man is there to provide for his family, and look over them. However, the man cannot, and should not do it without the council and help of his wife - because he is too secular-minded himself to do it alone without the help of another consciousness. Together they both must provide (in similar and different ways) for their children and home. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Nathan
Nothing could be more true than that Christ visited the now known Native Americans during ancient times. My proof is in history: When the Spanish started sailing and arrived in the Americas, the Native Americans welcomed the conquistadors into their nations because of their lighter skin and shining armor. Their legends had spoke of a bearded white man who came down from the heavens to help them, and left, promising to return again. They called him "Quetzalcoatl" which means "Feathered Serpent" (which Christ is referred to sometimes as). They believed the Spanish to be their Quetzalcoatl. The earliest origins of "Quetzalcoatl" was around 500 A.D. The Book of Mormon's last chapter is dated about 421 A.D. This piece of history alone to me, is a feeling of truth of Christ visiting the Americas after his resurrection. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nathan
The Church is here to provide, help, and sustain all who accept it - not just it's members. The good Samaritan helped someone who wasn't like him, simply because he needed help. The Church helps more "non-members" more than I think, which is saying something. All those who ask for assistance, need only to just ask. Show more Show less