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Hi I'm Nathan

I live in New Mexico, and love the desert, not to mention dessert and puns. I'm a big fan of Mormonism, and am a member.

About Me

I just finished my second semester of college studying engineering and ROTC so that I can commision as an officer in the US Air Force after finishing college. I really enjoy studying science and learning practical information, but I always try to make time for useless information, boring information, and obscure information. As long as it is something, it is interesting. I enjoy reading, playing piano, and listening to long symphonies or long albums especially. I think that if being in the military was not so important to me, I would study something obscure and seemingly useless, because it is a vicous rumor that only useful things are worthwhile. I tell you these things to be more or less honest. I hope I don't come off as prideful or highbrow, but this is how I am when I meet people, and I figure I should still try to be this way when people meet me. My favorite conversation "starters" at dances are, "What's your favorite amendment?", "How do you feel about communism?", and (concerning the Civil War) "Do you root for the North or the South?" Usually people quickly get a sense for whether or not I'm the type of person they would like to talk to, so, hopefully to be courteous to you, I've let you know if I'm the type of person you'd like to hear from.

Why I am a Mormon

Providence is, once again, the only suitable answer I think anyone can give. I suppose I was formally introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was blessed as a baby in my early childhood Nebraska ward. There have been few Sundays in my life when I have not gone to church, and I must add, few weekends in my childhood when I did not go to more than one church service, because, although my dad is an active member, he has always enjoyed visiting the numerous churches in our town. There have been times when I have wondered why I am a member of this church, or what I might do if I were not a Mormon. But that is of course not very important, as I am a member of this Church. The important things are these. First, I believe. Having the ability to trust those I love, and again to trust myself when I remind myself of things I know to be true is most important for my testimony. It seems to me that for some, skepticism and cynicism have overtaken trust and belief as priorities. Because of this, belief is most important to me because it allows me to overcome my own skepticism. Jesus is the Christ and the Savior of the world. This ought to be placed more prominently, in fact this probably ought to be the only statement, but here we are. I know that Jesus Christ has done more for me, and more for you than anyone else ever will do or will be able to do. He is the role model we all should hope to become more like. By the power of the Holy Ghost, you may know the truth of all things. I have felt the Spirit answer questions in my life, and I know that you can have the same answers in your life, as well as the answers you need personally. God lives, and He loves us, so He will answers our questions. Finally, I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I have heard many intellectual arguments for it and against it, but none of those matter. What matters is that it is another part of the Word of God, and that it testifies of the truth.

How I live my faith

I believe the question of how I live my faith is really asking how I live. I of course struggle with all sorts of things, between the stresses of school and my family life, as well as preparing to serve a mission. This past year of school has taught me a lot about how I should try to live. I have made a strong effort this year to pray every day in order to thank the Lord for all the things I have the patience to think of, and to petition Him for support. I used to wonder what things were appropriate to thank the Lord for, and to ask of Him, but I've lately learned that if we are doing good, we will see the hand of God in all things, and so I now have become obsessed with Providence as the best answer. I try not to feel ashamed to ask for help in anything, and hope that I can remember as much as possible to be thankful for. I also try to read the Bible or Book of Mormon every day. The more I read the scriptures, the more thankful I am for them. I will have a certain sense of accomplishmet when I finally finish reading the Old Testament, but even now I feel that there is so much that I certainly must have missed, and that I ought to simply return to Genesis and go from the beginning. I love the scriptures, they are all so different, but complementary. I can only guess at the reasons that Isaiah should write in one way while Nephi would write completely differently about the same subjects, it reminds me that the prophets were people too. I go to church every Sunday, usually for a bit more than three hours because I split myself between my home english speaking ward and my family's adopted home, the spanish speaking branch that also meets in our building. I am trying to learn as much spanish as I can before serving a mission. In fact, write now, preparing to serve is the main thing going on in my life. I can only hope that I will be able to use my two years well and wisely.

Are Mormons Christians?

I believe one of the best, concise statements about the debate about Mormons being Christians was made by the Presbyterian Church. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, like the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), declares allegiance to Jesus. Latter-day Saints and Presbyterians share use of the Bible as scripture, and members of both churches use common theological terms. Nevertheless, Mormonism is a new and emerging religious tradition distinct from the historic apostolic tradition of the Christian Church, of which Presbyterians are a part." (see http://www.truthandgrace.com/Presbyterianonmormon.htm for the full statement.) Although most Mormons would indicate that our church is a restoration of an ancient religious tradition, I believe most Mormons would agree with this statement that we are separate from the historical Catholic tradition of Christianity. It is established that we all believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Part of the reason others are relucant to say that we are Christian is that there are significant doctrinal differences between Mormonism and other Christian churches. The differences are large enough that many people believe our church should be considered a different religion. In this way, this question could be better understood not to ask, "Do Mormons believe in Jesus Christ?", but rather, "Do Mormons consider themselves a part of the historical Catholic tradition of Christianity?", which I think most people can agree that we do not. Show more Show less