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Hi I'm Nathan Pinder

Originally from Sacramento, California but moved to Eagle, Idaho. I'm a musician, a missionary, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

My entire life has been made up of making music. My father always had a dream to one day have a family band, so naturally we (meaning my siblings and I) began to play instruments when we were young. The first instrument I learned to play was the acoustic guitar. I took lessons for a number of years and later switched to the mandolin which is also a string instrument. Our family plays bluegrass which is a close parallel to country music. We have performed in concerts and for other audiences but also just to jam and have a good time. Years later I joined my High school's marching band. I learned how to play percussion and found myself in the drum-line playing the snare. This led to receiving drum kit lessons and later, an actual set for myself. Around the same time, I joined the School's varsity choir singing tenor and baritone. Still today, those years hold some of my happiest memories. I just love music so much! That being said, I mostly listen to classic rock. Some of my favorites include: Boston, Yes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen (among others). However my favorite band is Mutemath (shout out to Darren King my drum idol). I participated in sports all throughout junior high and high school. Everything from lacrosse, to track and field, to rugby. I am not the biggest sports fanatic but I like to stay in shape. I love to make people laugh and most of that comes from my dry sense of humor. I love playing board games with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

The nickname "Mormons" comes from the "Book of Mormon." I wholeheartedly believe that book to be true. When talking about false prophets, Jesus said "by their fruits ye shall know them." This rule is applicable to many aspects of the gospel. As evidence that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true, consider the fact that fruits on a tree continue to bear fruit. Such is the case with our church. An example of the "new fruit" is the Book of Mormon. I have read that book over and over and I have prayed about it too. I know Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving a full-time in Jamaica. Everyday I have the opportunity to share my testimony about my savior Jesus Christ with those I meet. However, before I was a missionary, I simply strove to be an example to my family, friends, and just about everyone else. Heavenly Father's plan is not for us to simply do the things Jesus did and act the way he did, but to actually have our very nature changed through him. Living my faith requires daily scripture study and personal prayer. This helps to keep me on the straight and narrow path. Another way is to look for opportunities to serve people. If we keep our eyes open we might be surprised how many people are looking for or maybe even praying for help. There is no greater feeling than knowing you were the answer to someone's prayer.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nathan Pinder
Serving a mission has never, nor will ever be forced upon anyone. It is a commandment from our Father in Heaven and it is required for all able, worthy young men to serve. Young women have the option to serve or not; it is not a requirement. Missionary service will forever bless you, and those you serve. It has strengthened my testimony and I can promise you that it has the power to strengthen yours too. Show more Show less