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Hi I'm Nathanael

I love juggling. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love juggling and useless circus skills. When I'm bored I'll sometimes walk along the top of the fence while juggling and watch people's reactions as they drive by. I also unicycle, and am perfecting juggling clubs or torches while riding. I enjoy sports and anything outdoors, especially downhill skiing. I'm the oldest of 6 brothers, and every one of them has a sister. I play the piano decently, and really like boogie and jazz styles.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it makes my life worthwhile. There wouldn't be much point in life if we just died, but knowing that life is a test and that we can live with our Heavenly Father again if we choose the right makes resisting temptation easier. I can live a clean and healthy lifestyle free from addictions, and can feel good all the time, not just when I put substances in my body. Some people say that the standards the church recommends are too strict and take away your freedom, but in reality they allow me to do what I want with my life and not have an addiction that burdens and limits my capacity. I truly feel just plain happy when I'm serving someone, and I try to live my life in a way that I can continue to feel good about myself and everybody around me. As well, I've read the Book of Mormon and taken the challenge in Moroni 10:5 to pray and know if it is true. If you don't believe Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of God, then this is a really new religion comparatively starting in the 1800s. But I have prayed to know the Book of Mormon is true, and I have felt the Holy Ghost tell me in my heart that the Book of Mormon is a true book, that everything in it actually happened, and this is the same church that was on the earth when Jesus Christ taught and established it. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of God, and that there continues to be a living prophet on the earth today that acts as a mouthpiece for the Lord. My testimony of the Book of Mormon means so much to me. I don't know what trouble I'd be getting into if I didn't know the truth, but I'm so grateful that I know that the true church is restored on the earth today.

How I live my faith

The biggest way I try to live my faith is to set an example by living righteously. I don't necessary talk to every person I meet in the street, although I'll get the full experience soon enough, but I do try to choose the right and be kind to everyone I meet. By giving a smile and being totally honest I stand out. Even dropping my standards a little bit reflects badly on the church and parents as peers are constantly evaluating me and everyone else around them. I want to be a reliable source of what a Latter-Day Saint should be. I do church duties like giving talks in meetings and playing the piano, but I try to live with good standards consistently throughout the week and not just when I go to church and talk with other Mormons. I was one of a few Mormons in my high school of 1400, and people watched us to see how Mormons behaved. Just not swearing set me apart from the majority of students, but if I would have conformed it would have broken down the standard. It is hard to live differently than almost everyone else. When there was a party on the weekend and I wasn't invited, I felt left out, but at the same time grateful because they knew that I wouldn't go where there was alcohol involved. It put me apart, but in a good way. I am grateful I missed the partying and bad decisions in high school and ultimately had a good reputation instead of bad.