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Hi I'm Nathan

I hope to get a doctorate in New Testament Studies and Early Christianity. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Church. From the age of 19 to 21 I served as a missionary for the Church in Houston, Texas. I am majoring in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and hope to eventually get a doctorate in New Testament Studies and Early Christianity. I love anything which deals with scripture, ancient history and ancient languages. I also enjoy hiking in the mountains, camping, prospecting for gold, woodcarving, hanging out with friends and baking bread.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the Book of Mormon. As a young man I had read it several times and spent a lot of time pondering over its words, but I still wasn't sure if it was true. I decided to ask God. I got down on my knees and began to pray. I asked, "Is it true?" I waited. I felt good, but I didn't feel that I had received an answer. I asked again, "Is it true?" Once again I waited, and once again no answer came. I knelt for a few more minutes, listening the best I could, but still nothing came. Somewhat disappointed, I got off my knees and crawled into bed. I couldn't fall asleep. I just laid there and pondered over the things I had read in the Book of Mormon. As I laid there an overwhelming feeling of sadness came over me. I thought to myself, "What is this?" I had never felt anything like it before. The feeling became so intense that I got down on my knees and began praying to God to know what the feeling was. As I prayed I realized that what I was feeling was sorrow for the people in the Book of Mormon. In the end of the Book of Mormon all of the righteous people are either killed or turn away from Christ, and I was mourning for them. All at once the Book of Mormon became very real to me. I continued praying. As I did so, a warm, peaceful feeling settled over me and it was as though my mind was filled with light. I knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I continue to receive that same witness every time I read the Book of Mormon. That is why I am a Mormon. I love the Bible and the teachings and witness it contains, but I am a Mormon because of the Book of Mormon. If the Book Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet, and the Church is true. As one who has dedicated my life to the study of the scriptures, I invite any who love the Bible to read the Book of Mormon. I know that those who do so will recognize the voice of the Lord in the pages of the Book of Mormon. I love our Savior, Jesus Christ, and I am grateful for his words.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving daily to follow God. Every morning I pray that God will lead me and place people in my path whom I might be able to help.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Nathan
The answer to both of these questions is yes. This eternal truth has become an important pillar in my life. In the summer of 2012 my father passed away from brain cancer at the age of 56. I am so grateful that eternal families are a part of God's plan, that death does not have to be the end of our family. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Nathan
In the Bible you have the Old Testament, a record of God's dealings with ancient Israel before Christ, and the New Testament, a record of Christ and the work of the Apostles He ordained. Both are witnesses of the love of God and of the divinity of Christ. The Book of Mormon is yet another Testament of Christ. It is an ancient book of scripture which deals with a group of people who lived in the Americas from 600 BC- 400 AD. The Book of Mormon begins with the story of a small group of people who God led to the Americas from Jerusalem shortly before the city was destroyed by the Babylonians. This group of people were led by a prophet named Lehi. The remainder of the Book of Mormon is a record of the descendants of Lehi. It records some of their history, but it focuses on the miracles God performed in their lives and the words of the prophets which lived among them. The Book of Mormon also contains an account of Jesus Christ's appearance to these people. After His resurrection, as recorded in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) in the Bible, Christ appeared to these people in the Americas. He showed them the nail prints in his hands and feet. They were additional witnesses of the living reality of our Savior Jesus Christ. That is the purpose of the Book of Mormon; to bear witness alongside the Bible of the divinity of Jesus Christ. He is our Savior. It is only through his grace and mercy that we can be saved. The Book of Mormon is an additional witness of this truth. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Nathan
Yes! I believe with all my heart there is a prophet just like Moses today. God can speak to each of us individually, but he has chosen a prophet to lead us, just as he chose Moses to lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt. Each of the Children of Israel could receive instruction from God, yet God chose Moses as His prophet and revealed to Moses His will. This is God's pattern. Even after Christ's resurrection the Apostle Peter continued to lead the Church through modern, living, revelation. Peter did not depend on the writings of past prophets to know what to do. He went straight to God received his own revelations which we now regard as scripture. It is the same today. Although we honor and love the Bible and Book of Mormon, the Church is not founded on these books of scripture, rather, the Church is founded on and continues to be guided by the principle of modern revelation through living Apostles and Prophets. I am grateful for the words of prophets past, but I am grateful that God continues to speak through his appointed servants today. Just as in the times of the Bible, there are prophets again! The role of prophets has always been to testify of Christ and lead his people in righteousness. I am grateful for the words of living prophets and their witness of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Nathan
Yes! We love and study the Bible. We believe the Bible is the word of God and do our best to follow the teachings it contains. I personally love the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) for the accounts they contain of our Savior Jesus Christ. I love reading of Him; of His miracles and teachings. I love the witness of the Bible that it is only through Christ that we are saved. Many people wonder if we believe in the Bible because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon in no way replaces the Bible. In our minds they do not compete against each other, but they work together to give us an even clearer understanding of the mission of Christ and of His Gospel. I know that out of love and respect for the Bible many people not of our faith recoil a little when we speak of another book of scripture being equal to the Bible. I hope that this will not prevent anyone from reading the Book of Mormon. Those who study from and love the Bible will recognize the Book of Mormon as scripture if they will just approach it with an open mind. They will feel the same spirit confirm to them the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon which they have felt while reading from the Bible. I know the Book of Mormon is truly another Testament of Christ. He has given us more of His words. I treasure them. I invite everyone to prayerfully read the Book of Mormon. Seek the counsel of God through prayer. He will help you recognize the truth. Show more Show less