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Hi I'm Nathan Crookston

I'm a cancer survivor. I'm an Eagle Scout. I enjoy writing, having fun, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a cancer survivor, now cancer free. I'm an Eagle Scout, went through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. I like D&D, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time Series, C.S. Lewis, Fablehaven Series, Starcraft 2, Halo, Anime, Batman, Sushi, In-n-Out Hamburgers, history, mythology, legends, King Arthur, art, books, dragons, sharks, snakes, lizards, and so much more. I like to draw, hike around, running in the morning, and making my old Legos to make spaceships. I love Fantasy and Science Fiction stories, and want to write novels and story lines for video games about such things as a future career. I enjoy being silly and being a spaz monkey with friends. I'm focused and dedicated, but can always have fun. I just graduated high school and going through a semester of college before I leave on my LDS mission to Tacoma Washington.

Why I am a Mormon

I am not perfect, no one is. However, I think we can all become a better person than the day before. If I make a mistake today, I can fix it and learn from it to make tomorrow better. I love this church because I don't feel like for one mistake that I make will send me directly to hell, I can be forgiven of my mistakes and sins. I know that God loves everyone and has created a plan so that we can correct our mistakes and be clean so that we can live with him again. I have been born and raised in the church, but I still choose to be an active member. If I didn't want to be here I could leave any time, but I choose to stay because I love it, I love the people, I love the environment and the peace of mind I get. I have never heard a hellfire and damnation talk in my life; the church focuses on how God shows His love to us through sending His son to die for us, sending modern day prophets to give revelation to help guide us, and by sending a second witness of Himself: The Book of Mormon. I am a Mormon, and I love both the Bible and Book of Mormon, I know that Jesus Christ died and rose again, He also made it possible for me to fix my mistakes, I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet called of God like Joseph Smith and like Moses, Adam, Isaiah, and Abraham of old. I prayed and asked for my self, you can too.

How I live my faith

We do community service projects for the city, for members or even non members, we like to be helpful and engaged in good causes. As a youth I have really enjoyed helping other people; forgetting yourself for a time in order to aid someone else gives me a really great feeling. A few years back, in my Junior year of high school, I was on a committee of sorts that worked with youth and adults. This committee would get together a few times a month and we would plan dances, activities, ask inspirational speakers to come talk, etc. This was so much fun! We can be religious and have fun, it can work! I even went to an LDS Prom, it was clean, fun, exciting, and an absolute blast. Non members from the local high schools would even come, they said that the atmosphere and our prom was so much better than the regular prom put on my the high schools. Living by standards and having fun while living our standards does work, and others saw this and were able to enjoy it as well.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Nathan Crookston
If we look at St. Matthew ch. 3 verses 15-16, we see that we must follow Christ in the waters of baptism. If Christ setting the perfect example, then we must as well. We are saved by grace, but we need to follow Christ's example, so we are not saved by grace alone. In St. John ch. 14 verse 15, it read "If ye love me, keep my commandments." We need to do more than say we believe in Christ and love him, we need to obey His laws, like the one of baptism. In the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, it helps to clarify what we need to do in order to be saved by grace. The prophet Nephi, a prophet like Moses, Isaiah, or Abrahama, taught in 2 Nephi ch. 25 verse 23, "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are save, after all we can do." We need to follow God's commandments, like baptism, and do all that we can before we can be saved through Christ's grace and mercy. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Nathan Crookston
The Bible is the word of God. It was written by men who followed Christ, they were called Apostles. They had the power and authority to perform miracles like Christ, and govern Christ's church. When all the apostles, including Paul who was formerly Saul, died, the authority and power of Christ's church was gone. Without prophets or apostles to give revelation to the saints in the New Testament times, the church that Christ set up, soon was lost without the guidance and wisdom that the prophets and apostles received from Christ. The Bible was then compiled together from the Testimonies and letters of the apostles, by the New Testament saints to help guide them and as a witness of Christ and his ministry on earth. However, without a prophet or an apostle to help the saints understand the written word, and without the revelation from God to them, the saints were left on their own to interpret the Bible as they saw it, not as God did. With several churches looking at the Bible through different eyes, confusion and chaos clouded what was sacred and holy. Joseph Smith read in James chapter 1 verse 5, of the Bible, that God will not punish us (upbraideth) if we ask him questions, but we must do so with faith in Christ. Joseph Smith took this to heart and prayed to God for guidance as to which church and interpretation of the Bible was true. Show more Show less