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Hi I'm Nathan

I'm member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love music, talking to people, and Filipinos. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most distinguishing feature you'll find about me is my height - 6'8". No, I do not play basketball for anything beyond the enjoyment of shooting hoops; more often, you'll find me playing the piano or studying for school, though I also play the trombone and do swing dancing when I have the chance. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines and am fluent in Tagalog, and I love the Filipino people. I come from an incredible family of seven, and am the third of five children. I love this Church and have found the greatest happiness of my life by living by its teachings and striving to be like Jesus Christ every day.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon... That's an excellent question. I suppose much of it has to do with my upbringing, at least initial reasons for why I went to church. Having grown up in the church, I have always loved the feelings and atmosphere of the church, and anything connected with it. Leaving your home for two years to teach the fundamental truths of the church you grew up in, however, you've got to have something stronger than simple belief to lean on. As a missionary, I was tested to my limits, and because of what I experienced, I can honestly say that I know that this is the true church - honestly and truly the church of Jesus Christ Himself. When I really needed more than a belief to lean on, I had reason to truly look within myself to see what I really knew and wanted to know, and I took the initiative to ask God so I could know for myself. I studied it out - I studied the Book of Mormon and what it taught. I thought about what I had experienced and felt as I had learned, and I knelt down on my flip flops in the Philippines (hard floors kasi eh) to ask God if what I had studied was true. The thing to understand here is that if we truly want to know something and we ask a yes or no question (like if the Book of Mormon is true, for example), and believe that He'll answer, God can speak to us as His children through the power of the Holy Ghost. When we know something from the Holy Ghost, we can recognize it literally as truth - in the most personal, intimate, and powerful way, we can know in our minds and our hearts that it is true. Heavenly Father witnessed to me in a very personal way that day that the Book of Mormon is true, and I have had many personal experiences with God since then that have reaffirmed that this church - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church - is the Lord's own church. Because of that, I am a member; I know that this is the way to security, happiness, and peace in this life, and the only way to return to live with God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be loyal to God first and foremost in everything I do. I strive to live in such a way that others can see Jesus Christ in what I do, and I simply try to do what is right every day. There are a lot of different voices in this world, but I know that following the prophets and apostles that speak in behalf of God as His representatives is the way to be happiest in this life. I've found that living your faith in Jesus Christ goes beyond a simple declaration - it's made up of a thousand decisions every day that indicate that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ and are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to show that you love Him. It's certainly not an easy path to take, but I've seen the fruits and blessings of obedience in my life as I've chosen to be obedient to the commandments of God. Beyond trying to be a good example, I spent two years as a voluntary, non-paid missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. While there, we spent every day teaching people about Jesus Christ and offering service wherever we could, learning the language of the people and loving them. Since returning from my mission, I have been a part of organizing events where the young adults of the church can mingle and meet new people after church meetings a few times a month, and have also been involved with monthly visits to members of the church to uplift and strengthen them.