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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a Senior in College studying Communication, Sociology and Photography. I'm a husband, a friend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the suburbs west of Chicago. I've lived in Alaska, Illinois, Idaho, and North Carolina. My wife and I were married in Anchorage, Alaska in 2010. I'm a student studying Communication with an emphasis in Video Production. I'm also studying Sociology and Photography. I have a passion for the arts, especially the art that surrounds us in nature. I love hiking and camping, and seeing the world through a camera lens. I love music and the emotions it can evoke. In 2006 I was in a bicycling accident which resulted in me walking with a cane for over a year. I have since overcome this and now have a passion for running and bicycling.

Why I am a Mormon

My Great-Great-Grandfather emigrated to the United States from Wales in the mid 1800's after learning about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My family has been members of the church since then. I was born into this faith but I still had to learn for myself that it was true. I grew up in an area that did not have a lot of Mormon members. The majority of my peers were Catholic, Baptist, or Non-Denominational. I received a lot of criticism and persecution because people didn't understand my beliefs and chose not to simply ask me questions. I didn't grow up with close friends who were also Mormon. I connected with people through our common belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He suffered and died on the cross, to save and redeem us. I can't really say how I know that the doctrine and principles of faith found within the teachings of the church are true, because I don't know how to describe it. I am filled with an overwhelming yet peaceful feeling of warmth and love, that brings tears to my eyes and assures me that I am a child of God and that He loves me. And because God loves me He sent his son, Jesus Christ to atone for my sins, and that He has not left us in darkness, but has called upon men of God to be prophets in this day and age, to speak the words the He wants us to hear. I know that I am a part of the same church, with the same authority that Jesus Christ established while he was on the Earth. I know that overtime, the doctrines of Christ were lost to men, yet has since been restored so that everyone who has the sincere desire to return to our Father in Heaven may do so. Sometimes I feel the Spirit through chills up my spine and neck, and at other times I feel a warm tingling throughout my whole body. I feel the spirit when I speak of Christ, when I hear of his teachings, when I serve others, and when I love my neighbors as myself. I am a Mormon because I feel the Spirit of God, and know that it is true.

How I live my faith

I attend Church whenever I am able. I find great comfort knowing that because of the organization of the church, no matter where I go, the church is the same. I have attended church in North America and Europe, and every time I walk in the door, I can feel the love that total strangers have for me because I am a child of God. In church I volunteer as a Family History Consultant. I help others to discover their lineage. I find it fascinating to know where my family came from, who I am related to, and the stories of my ancestors that have contributed to the history of the world and helped to shape who I am today.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Nate
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, being our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost has many names, some of which are; the Holy Spirit, the Spirit, and the Comforter. God, our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct beings but are one in purpose. The Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones, but is as his name implies, a personage of Spirit. If it were not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell within us. The purpose of the Holy Ghost is to testify of the Father and His Son, to reveal the truth of the teachings of Christ and the Prophets of God, to comfort us, and to sanctify us. The Holy Ghost is a divine guide and teacher. Show more Show less