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Hi I'm Nathan

I was raised in Utah. I enjoy math. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I plan on going into the field of engineering, probably mechanical possibly electrical, because of my love of math. I've found that creating things and solving problems is very enjoyable, MacGyver for this reason is one of my heroes. I have always enjoyed music so in high school I played the french horn and I am a singer. On Sundays I try to go and sing at the nursing home to help brighten the elderly folks' day and it is very enjoyable. I guess I'm kindof a gamer, I mostly play RPG's and the like. I've never really enjoyed the first person shooter, but electronics are an amazing technology that is rather enjoyable. Probably my favorite game series would be the "Legend of Zelda" games. I have successfully done the three heart challenge in the "Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time"

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but that is not why I'm a Mormon. My parents have aided me in finding the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but they never forced it on me and if I decided that I didn't want it I could leave. I'm a Mormon because of the witness I have received when I read the scriptures (the Book of Mormon, the Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price) I know those to be true scripture written by olden day prophets and I know this because of how I feel when I read them. Also, I knelt in prayer to ask our Heavenly Father if they were true and He answered that they are. He didn't answer with words but an overwhelmingly strong feeling of strength, love and understanding. I know that our Heavenly Father knows us and loves us. He hears our prayers that we offer to Him and He always answers. I have seen many miracles because of prayer. I'm not a Mormon because of family tradition, I'm a Mormon because I know it is true.

How I live my faith

As one of the youth leaders, I had the privilege of planning events for youth in my high school. We planned things like dances, parties, having guest speakers come and large group dates.Also for this I was the head editor for short videos that we would make to inspire the youth. I also try and do service to those in my community and one way that I have really loved doing is singing at the nursing home with other youth. Honestly I have a deathly fear of nursing homes (as a small boy of eight I was trapped in the cold clasp of a lady in the nursing home and thus my family left me there for quite some time) so it was difficult for me to go in the beginning, but I went. Since then it has been a great experience for me and I love it. I also go and talk with certain families in my ward. I go and see how they are doing, see if they would like any help with anything and give them a short spiritual message to help strengthen them.

What is the First Vision?

Nathan
The First Vision was a turning point in Earth's history. In Biblical times, Chirst and His Apostles had the authority, or right, from God to teach and preform the ordinances of His one true church. After Christ was crucified and resurected and the Apostles martyred this authority was lost. Thus many churches formed over disagreements of doctrine. This threw the world into confusion over the topic of religion. A young boy named Joseph Smith was surrounded by this confusion and sought to find which church was truly God's. While he was reading in the Bible he came across the way to receive the answer. He read in James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him", with a promise like that Joseph could get an answer. Thus, in the spring of 1820 Joseph went to a peaceful grove of trees. He knelt and prayed vocally to our Father in Heaven. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph related the experience by saying: "When the light rested upon me I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other- This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" They continued to teach Joseph how none of the Churches at that time had the priesthood authority as before mentioned, and that through him Christ's true church would be restored once again. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Nathan
The scriptures are the word of God written by ancient prophets, thus they are a spiritual gold mine! We can receive so many blessings by studying these sacred books. These blessings include a strengthening of faith, an increased love for Christ, strength in this crumbling world, guidance in hard times and comfort in times of need. There are countless times when I have been discouraged and didn't know what to do. During these times, I've found that one of the best things for me to do is prayerfully study the scriptures. The Lord then will open my eyes and direct me to what I need to hear. I know that what these sacred records teach me is true because I have prayed and asked the Lord. He has answered me through a witness from the Holy Ghost. If we all read and pray with real intent and a sincere heart, we will learn and grow to become more like our Savior. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Nathan
It is a health code which our loving Heavenly Father revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith. It promotes healthy living and eating; and teaches us not to use tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea and harmful and addicting substances; such as illegal drugs. By living in accordance to this code the Lord promises us wonderful blessings of health, knowledge and strength. The Word of Wisdom is a promise "adapted to the capacity of the weak and weakest of all" (D&C 89:3) This means that anyone can do it. God doesn't ask us to do anything outside of our ability. "I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them" (1 Nephi 3:7) "And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen." (D&C 89: 18-21) Those are some pretty great promises for keeping such a simple code of health. The Lord truly does love us and He will provide the way for our success if we follow His commandments. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Nathan
The best source to go to learn which church (particularly the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is God's true church is the Lord Himself. God is our loving Heavenly Father and He doesn't want to confuse us. Thus, if we do as James directs and "ask of God" (James 1:5) then He will answer. The prophet Moroni also said "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:3-5) Here the prophet Moroni says a few things to get this answer. Read the Book of Mormon Ponder it in your hearts ask (pray) with a sincere heart (truly desire to know), real intent (will act accordingly to the answer received) and with faith in Christ Listen for the answer from the Holy Ghost By learning from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, then we know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and this church is true. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Nathan
It is super swell and wonderful! :) Mormonism is truly a life-style rather than just some church one goes to once a week, or month, or year..... We apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in our life and thus we become better. The blessings that come from following God's laws brings me joy, peace, strength and countless other great things. I start out each day by talking to our loving Father in Heaven (prayer) and read from the scriptures. I then go about a normal life, I exercise (when I can motivate myself...), work, spend time with friends and family, and I close out the day with another prayer. Basically, I try to live a good Christian life full of service and praising our Savior through prayer and living how He asked us to. I live a life centered on my family. It is just the best thing being a Mormon and so I try to share the joy that I have found! Show more Show less