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Hi I'm Nathaniel

I'm from north Idaho, I weld trailers, I love old cars, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in small towns around Coeur d' Alene Idaho, after graduating from an online highschool I worked at Silverwood Theme Park and Super 1 Foods grocery store to save up money for a mission. After a few months I decided to go to BYU-I for one semester to help me prepare for a mission. After I finished that semester I started welding for my grandpa to save up for my mission. I built a 3 axle 19 foot beavertale trailer to hold 10,000lbs and 10 foot truck bed for a '89 f-super duty truck. Now I'm a missionary serving in the Utah, Ogden mission and I'm excited to live this stage of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My initial exposure to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints started when I was born into a Mormon family. I was active in the church until I was 13, but only because my parents made me. When I entered foster care, I stopped going to church and I noticed how much I had depended on the church and when I needed it most I knew I was missing something that could help me. At one point I tried to attend church again, but the house I was in would not let me go to church, but when I moved out the first thing I knew I had to do was start going to church again, and I have never regretted it since then. I am so grateful for all the things that the church has given me to help me put my life back together that now I realize how hopelessly in debt I am. It was at church where I met the Dale family, who made me a part of their family and then adopted me. I can never repay God for all the people that he has sent towards me to help me get back on track, but the least I can do is show Him that I appreaciate the gifts He's given me and show him that I'll make the most of what I have now by serving a mission and giving two years of my life to serve the Lord in a selfless way without thought to if it can profit me. I know that this church is true because the members of this church are desciples of Jesus Christ and The Book of Mormon is not only true, but it is free from flaws, mistranslations, or worldly influences. This is why I am a Mormon, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

My only callings were a deacon's quarum president at 12, Young single adult representative at 18, and a ward missionary at 19, and now a full-time missionary at 20. The decision to serve a mission came from a desire to serve God. I had never really thought about a mission until I left for BYU-I and I realized how much I have been blessed with, I realized that I could never pay back my God for all the things that he's given me, but I can at least show my gratitude by giving him 2 years of my life to serve other people. I am making a point to serve as selflessly as possible, and with exact obedience.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Nathaniel
To become a member of the church, the first requirement that you need is just a desire. A desire to join is the only thing required at first. Then as you let this desire grow, and you do things to learn about the church such as meeting with the missionaries and attending church, you will begin to feel feelings of peace, joy, and love. These are the feelings of the Holy Ghost as taught to us in the Bible. It is through these feelings that you will know that the church is true. As you meet with the missionaries, they will teach you all of the things that there is to know about being a member, the history of the church, and blessings you will recieve and steps that you must take. The step to actually become a member of the church is baptism, all people everywhere are invited to be baptized by proper authority. Baptism isn't hard, it doesn't cost money or take a lot of time, but it is very important and will bless you for the rest of your life, and even after death. I am very greatful that I had made the decision to be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. It gives me great peace and happiness to know that I can become spiritually clean and forgiven of all of my previous sins. I strongly recommend baptism to everyone that I know, and I want everyone to feel the comfort and happiness that I do today because of making the decision to join the church. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Nathaniel
Nope, anybody of any race or color can join the church the same way. Also, there isn't any sort of restriction on races of people who can't have the priesthood. Any worthy male can hold the priesthood. I would recommend reading the Official Declaration #2 on this link: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/od/2?lang=eng Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Nathaniel
Well, since God is the creater of man and mankind, I trust that God knows best of all how to take care of our bodies. God has reavealed to the prophet Joseph Smith specific things that we need to keep out of our bodies to keep them healthy, this is called the Word of Wisdom. Some churches aren't concerned with physical health of it's members, but since our physical well-being affects us spiritually, it is very important to keep our bodies in their best conditions so that we can be the most spiritual. There are 5 things that we need to abstain (stay away) from, and those things are 1. Tobacco 2. Alchohol 3. Coffee 4. Tea 5. Illegal drugs. We are also taught to abstain from any harmful or addictive substances. One common misconception is that Coffee and Tea are forbidden because of caffeine, however, caffeine itself is not against the Word of Wisdom, unless it proves to be addictive for an individual. For more information, check out the pamphlet that missionaries hand out to nonmembers when they teach: https://www.lds.org/manual/the-word-of-wisdom/the-word-of-wisdom?lang=eng Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Nathaniel
Well, in the Bible we are taught that God has always had qualifications for those who can enter his temples. In Moses' and Aaron's time, only Levites were permitted to enter into the temples; they had the priesthood, and were sanctified to enter in, which is how they met the qualifications. Numbers 3:5-13 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/num/3?lang=eng and Numbers 8: 5-26 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/num/8?lang=eng Even in King Hezekiah's time, when the temple needed to be cleansed, he called on the priests to help him, but only some could enter in, only those who had been sanctified: 2 Chronicles 29:34 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/2-chr/29?lang=eng Paul also purifies himself before entering into the temple: Acts 21:26 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/acts/21?lang=eng Everyone is free to visit temple grounds and tour the temple before dedication; after dedication, any prepared member of the church may enter in. What happens in the temple is sacred, but this is the place where families can be together forever. Malachi 4:5-6 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/mal/4.5-6?lang=eng#4 In the Bible we are taught that ordinances by proxy for the dead are done, and they are done in the temples. 1 Corinthians 15:29 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/1-cor/15.29?lang=eng#28 and 1 Peter 4-6: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/1-pet/4.6?lang=eng#5 The best way to find out what happens in the temples is to become a baptized member and find out for yourself! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Nathaniel
For me, eternal life is kind of like the ultimate goal. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, all man will also be resurrected and will gain a body again. 1 Corinthians 20-22: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/1-cor/15?lang=eng However, eternal life means more than just living again, and living forever. Living forever is immortality, and eternal life is living in an immortal state in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Eternal life means returning to live in a heavenly place where we can rest from all of our worldly cares and know complete joy. Eternal life is attainable by living the steps of the Gospel: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. It brings me the hope to carry on, knowing the eternal perspective I can keep in mind the things that are really important in life, and it helps me to understand my purpose on the Earth. I am very grateful for the opportunity to achieve such great levels of happiness and joy, knowing the possibilities helps inspire me to be the best person I can while on the Earth so that I can have the happiest result after this life. I am grateful that Jesus Christ was able to, and was loving enough to sacrifice himself so that I can be made clean again and that my family and everyone will get a chance to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less