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Hi I'm Nathaniel Stark

I love my Family, I love people, I love computers and tech. I'm serving a mission in Frankfurt Germany and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I enjoy learning about computers and modern technology. I played percussion instruments in the band and played on the drumline for my high school's marching band. I am an Eagle Scout and have learned a lot about leadership and love for others through many memorable experiences. I like to spend time with friends. I plan to go to college to learn more about computer and web programming and one day start my own company.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was born into the Church. My parents are both members and so is my whole family. My dad served as bishop for our ward and I have learned lot from him that has strengthened my testimony. More importantly though I have read the Book of Mormon and the Bible and have prayed and gained a testimony for myself of the truthfulness of this gospel. I've gone to church since before I can remember and have had many classes and spiritual experiences that strengthened my own testimony. I know that this church is true and that is why I have decided to serve a mission. One day I hope to marry in the temple and raise a family of my own in the church.

How I live my faith

I did a lot at Church through various responsibilities in youth programs and priesthood callings. A large part of my life surrounds the gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, serving in the Frankfurt Germany mission. I live my faith by loving and serving others. Service has been so important to me from a young age. If I can do anything to help another in need I try too. I love the example set by the Savior, Jesus Christ, and I'd like to follow that example the best I can. As a missionary I try to talk to others and show forth my love for them and give them the best thing I have; the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is being a Mormon like?

Nathaniel Stark
Being Mormon is a lot like being any other person I think. Having been raised in the Church I don't know a lot about what it's like being anything other than Mormon. The best part in my opinion is the strength in families and friendships in the Church. One of the things this Church is founded upon is love. I'm grateful for prayer and the revealed doctrines or scripture we have in our Church. I'm grateful for a living prophet who receives guidance and revelation for our day. It's so comforting to be able to read the Book of Mormon and have a second witness of the truths in the Bible, and being able to read passages of scripture such as the Doctrine and Covenants, that were meant for us in our dispensation. Church meetings are a blessing as well, being able to discuss and grow with others and show our faith in Jesus Christ is a wonderful opportunity. Through Church I'm able to learn, grow, make new friendships, and uplift and be uplifted by others. It's a place of peace and rest from the rest of a busy stressful week. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nathaniel Stark
No we do not worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a prophet, similar to the prophet we have today; Thomas S. Monson. We do not worship him either. These are men who have done important things in the service of the Lord but they are not people we worship. We only love and sustain them in their callings. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Nathaniel Stark
The Atonement of Jesus Christ was the act that satisfied the demands of justice and paid the price for the sins of the world. Only Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was perfect, could give up his life for every wrong thing anyone in the world has ever done. If he had not paid this price we would of had to, and if we died for ourselves we would never live again in the next life. Because of the Atonement everyone is able to have immortality in the next life, which is different from eternal life. We must still repent of our own sins in order to have eternal life, or that is, to live in the presence of God again. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Nathaniel Stark
We believe that we do not die and go directly to Heaven. We believe that there is a period of time that we will have to wait until we are judged. In this time that we are waiting we have again an opportunity to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ and make covenants critical to our salvation, such as baptism. Those in the spirit world will still have to walk by faith. If you can imagine, there are many people who went through their lives living good and righteous lives, people who would have accepted the covenants of Baptism if they had been given the opportunity or had been taught. God does not want them to miss that opportunity because he loves all his children. For this reason we go through the covenants on behalf of these people in our temples. These covenants are made available for spirits in the spirit world to accept when they choose to. Even though we go through the covenants for them here on Earth, individuals in the spirit world may still choose to not accept the covenant. Although in order to make these covenants one must have a body (hence why we do the baptisms on Earth rather than in the spirit world) we do not use the individual's body. We only use their name and go through the covenant on behalf of them. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Nathaniel Stark
Absolutely. God loves his children and that is why he provided prophets in times of old. Just as we read, learn and follow the guidance that the prophets of old gave and recorded in scripture, such as the Bible and Book of Mormon, we learn and follow the guidance from our prophets today. We love and sustain these men, and have faith in the knowledge that they are called of God and receive revelation for us today. We believe that by following their counsel and teaching we are following God's counsel and teaching to us and that it will lead us to a happier life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Nathaniel Stark
We read in the Bible and Book of Mormon that Jesus Christ commanded that we must be baptised. Not only since he is the Son of God and his word is God's word, but also since we accept him as our Savior, we must follow this commandment. We do this in order to receive salvation, by keeping this covenant through the Sacrament and repenting and living righteous lives. We also read that we must be baptised by the correct priesthood authority, that is someone authorized to baptise in the name of Jesus Christ. For this reason we baptise all new members, because they have not been baptised by the priesthood authority God restored on the Earth through Joseph Smith. Baptism not only makes it possible for us to receive salvation but it gives us the opportunity to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. When we keep our end of the covenant to accept Christ and keep his commandments and be one of his followers and representatives, God promises us the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, to help protect, testify and guide us through life. This is something we want for all new members! 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 Stark
We believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and through him Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ restored the church and gave Joseph revelation, counsel and doctrine for the church. Included in this was the "Word of Wisdom" which can be found in Doctrine and Covenants section 89. We read that we should eat healthy and not partake of certain substances which God has decreed are not for the consumption of man. Of these substances are tobacco, alcohol, and hot drinks. Later prophets have clarified that "hot drinks" constitutes coffee and tea. Since one of our commandments is to live and uphold the law of the land, illegal drugs are also not allowed. In addition to following the counsel of our prophets we pray and use the guidance of the spirit. Generally we avoid anything that represents something God has commanded against. For example the use of electronic cigarettes and strongly caffeinated drinks. We don't see these rules as inhibiting, rather as a blessing to lead healthier lifestyles and in addition being blessed for our obedience. It's interesting to note as well that this commandment was given in the time of Joseph Smith, when there did not seem to be any reason not to smoke tobacco or drink alcohol and now today scientific advancements and the health community give much of the same advice found in the Word of Wisdom given by God. Show more Show less