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Hi I'm Nathan Winkel

I'm a musician from Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm currently living in Bulgaria. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently 22 years old. I'm the youngest of four children, and love my family very much. I love music and have been in bands and orchestras playing the tuba since the age of 7. I also play the trombone and euphonium. I traveled to Europe as the tuba player of a youth philharmonic orchestra. Most of all, I'm a very proud uncle of 3 little kids! As a teenager, I lived without much of a purpose in life. Even after falling off a 70-foot cliff, I just was going through the motions. I spent a lot of time in life and never doubted my faith in Christ, but I wasn't very motivated to do much. As I've grown older, I've found out that my true motivation in life is to help other people. I want to leave my mark on the world, I want to achieve my potential in life and I want to do that by helping others also achieve their potential. I'm most of all grateful for the knowledge of the plan of God in my life, and for the sturdy foundation that is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without it, I wouldn't have made it this far. Without truly living it, I would continue to keep going through the motions, never getting close to my potential. The knowledge that I can be with my family forever, and that I have to work for that fills my life with purpose. Without that, my life would be empty.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for a lot of different reasons. It's not because of my parents, my siblings or anyone else. I'm a Mormon because I've found out for myself that it's true. When I was young, I followed my parents to church. I did what would make them proud. When I was older, that didn't work. I found that I couldn't just lean on them for my spiritual security anymore. One night, I was really frustrated with the things that were happening in my life. I got on my knees and started to pray to our Heavenly Father, expressing how I felt. I didn't know what to do, and I needed guidance. I had made mistakes and needed forgiveness. I needed to know that everything was going to be okay. All of my feelings came out in one question, a question I didn't even know I had: "Do you love me?" The instant my lips formed those words, everything changed. I felt so different, so filled with love. It was so intense, so real. I could hardly believe it. I just sat there and soaked it in, and in the next couple of minutes realized that even though I received a simple "yes" to one question, that answered so many other questions: "Do you have a plan for me?" "Can I really be forgiven for my mistakes?" "Is the Book of Mormon true?" "Was Joseph Smith truly a prophet?" "Should I really go through the trouble to change now so I can serve a mission?" I knew in an instant that the answer to all these questions was the same as the one I asked. I know that he loves me, I know that he loves all of us. I know that this is His church, and that only through this church we can have a fullness of joy with our families together. I'm so grateful for that moment, and that prayer. That answer that I received hasn't just changed my life, it's changed the lives of everyone in my life, the people here in Bulgaria and my future family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by constantly striving to become better. I always want to learn more, to be better, to be who I need to be. Living your faith isn't a one-time experience, it's an everyday decision to be better. I love to learn more about God's plan for us, and it becomes even better as you share the things that you've learned with the people around you. During the first 20 years of my life, I always attended church. I've always been involved to some degree. When I was younger, I participated in different youth programs. When I wasn't engaged with school and friend activities, I was always doing something at the church. It's easiest to stay strong in your faith when you surround yourself with others that share your values and beliefs, those that will support you in your decisions and help you stay on course. In the church you have a lot of opportunities to serve others in a variety of different responsibilities. You can always feel useful in the restored Church of Jesus Christ. I've been engaged in music in the church for a while as well. I've sung in a lot of choirs in the church, and have performed in a lot of church meetings. I'm grateful that in the church we love music so much, because it gives me a place to use my talents and to share them with others. That's one of the best things about the church--every person can use these talents for the enrichment of their own and others' lives. Now, as a full-time missionary in Bulgaria, I'm developing different abilities and talents. I'm still always learning though, whether it's from the scriptures or my Bulgarian language textbooks. Through this church I've come to know that I have more abilities than I ever thought I had! So, the process continues. I continue to grow and develop spiritually through serving others. It's the most fulfilling thing one could ever ask for.