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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a rock 'n' roll enthusiast, travel lover, healthcare professional, big city dreamer, book admirer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an energetic, enthusiastic guy who wants to explore the world. I am the oldest of three children and I love my family. I enjoy playing racquetball, tennis, baseball, and basketball. I listen to music frequently - often jamming out to rock and roll! I love spending time with friends, getting to know (new or long known) people, and building lasting relationships. Traveling, chatting, running, laughing, jelly beans, reading, and driving are some simple joys I love here on earth. I hope to one day make it to every LDS Temple in the United States! I am excited to be a father and husband in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church my entire life. I have enjoyed every second being a member and NEVER, ever regretted it. As I've grown older and continued to live the teachings of the Church, I've come to know in my heart that it is true. Though raised a Mormon, I became truly converted to Jesus Christ through the teachings of His Church as I studied His teachings while growing older. When I read the Book of Mormon and the New Testament for the first time I knew, without a doubt, that Jesus Christ is our Savior. After faith, prayer, dedication and some time, I found that obedience to Him always brings blessings. That formula is true and has never failed me. I am a Mormon because I have come to know with certainty that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints truly is God's Kingdom on the earth. It has the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has Priesthood authority that was restored through Jesus Christ himself. I know that the Book of Mormon is true - the Holy Ghost has testified to me of its truthfulness. There's a happiness found in the Gospel that I haven't been able to find anywhere else on earth!

How I live my faith

I strive everyday to live the standards that Heavenly Father has set for all of us. I do my best to be an example to those I spend time with, treat everyone with the respect they deserve as a child of God, and try to show others how much happiness the gospel brings to my life. I try to be a friend to everyone, always try to keep a smile on my face, and never try to put anyone down. I study the scriptures as often as I can, and I pray daily to communicate with my Heavenly Father.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Nate
A Savior is vital to God's plan for us. Since all of God's children, save Jesus Christ, are imperfect; we need a way to be cleansed and forgiven of all of our mistakes and sins in order to return to live with God again. Jesus Christ is our Savior. He is the Savior that God provided for us. Because Jesus Christ lived a perfect life He was able to willingly go through the Atonement for all mankind. We do not understand entirely all the details or specifically how the Atonement worked, but we know that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, afflictions, pains, sorrows, and everything else we would ever go through on earth. We need a Savior to heal us. We need a Savior to cleanse us, help us obtain forgiveness, and become pure. His Atonement made it possible to gain forgiveness through Him as a Mediator. No unclean thing can enter into the presence of God. We want to return to the presence of God! Since we are all unclean, we must use Jesus Christ's (who was clean) Atonement to return to live with Heavenly Father again. We apply His Atonement in our lives through sincere repentance. If we sincerely repent we can be forgiven because of His sacrifice. He asks us to follow Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. As we do that, we can become completely cleansed and forgiven of all our mistakes and sins in this life. We need a Savior in order to repent. We need a Savior to be saved. We need a Savior in order to return to live with Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Nate
In Hebrews 12:2 we read "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;" and see that Jesus Christ is the author and finisher, or perfecter, of our faith. We also read in Mosiah 3:12 (in the Book of Mormon), "... Salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ." Our Savior should be the beginning of our faith, the very start of belief. Our belief in Him causes us to act and follow Him. We should have faith in Him. Many things in the world will compete for our faith, but things on earth are not perfect. We cannot completely trust many things on earth. But we can trust Jesus Christ completely and have total faith in Him because He will never fail us. People may betray us, currency may deflate, and our memory may fail; but Jesus Christ is perfect. That is why we should have faith in Him. He is the Only Begotten Son of Heavenly Father. To develop faith in Him we can study His teachings and then act on His words. When we act on His words, we will feel His power come into our life. We can pray to feel our Savior's love and support, also helping increase our faith in Him. We should have faith in Jesus Christ; He will never forsake us and is perfectly reliable. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nate
We respect and revere the Prophet Joseph Smith for the work he did while he was on the earth, but we do NOT worship him. We worship our Heavenly Father (God/Elohim) and His Son, Jesus Christ (Jehovah). Joseph Smith, through his calling as the Prophet of the Restoration, taught many things about our Father in Heaven and our Savior. Through revelation and translated scripture we have come to know more about them. They are whom we worship. Joseph Smith (as with prophets of old like Moses and prophets today like President Thomas S. Monson) is simply a chosen servant of God to preside over His Church, receive revelation, and teach God's children (us) how we can return to live with Heavenly Father. Show more Show less