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Hi I'm Nathaniel Oberst

I'm a Mormon

About Me

My name is Nathaniel Oberst and i am currently a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I just finished my freshman year of college at Brigham Young University and loved every minute of it. I have waited my entire life to serve a mission for my Lord and Savior, and now, beginning on May 15th i will spend two whole years dedicated to serving him by bringing my brothers and sisters unto him. My favorite hobbies include skiing, hiking, camping, reading a good book and sleeping. I am generally a positive person, always trying to improve and change who i am into who the Lord wants me to be.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Church, people are often labeled as "born in the covenant" and "converts". There is usually no ill-will or disrespect in this labeling, it is only used as a tool to understand who recently joined the Church and what their possible background might be. In my family, we consider people either "converts" and "non-members". My Grandpa loved to say that he is converted every day to live and serve in the Gospel of Christ. I hold much of the very same principles. I am not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because i was born into the Church, but rather, because i have learned its principles and lived its standards and have found them a wonderful blessing in all aspects of my life. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that it has been restored to these latter days by the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Jesus Christ is the eternal redeemer and savior of all man-kind. I know that the Church is still led by the living Prophet Thomas S. Monson. I testify that the Book of Mormon is divine word and that it has been given to us at this time to further strengthen and guide the children of God.

How I live my faith

My entire life i have been raised in a town with a very small LDS population. My parents like to call it being raised in the mission field. And in many aspects, they are dead on. Living with a small percentage of people who share your own beliefs can be a rather trying experience for a young child. When i was little i was always very terrible at making new friends, and when people would treat me funny or ask me weird questions it would only make it that much harder. As far back as i can remember, i would always do my best to answer peoples questions about my Church in ways that they could best understand. And although i probably wasn't as clear as i thought and generated more questions than i answered, i enjoyed knowing that my friends knew what i believed and were not afraid to stand up to me if someone would question me about my beliefs.