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Hi I'm Nathan Franson

My family and I grew up in a small town in Maine. I currently work in construction in Utah. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I can be found working hard at my job building homes because I enjoy it so much. When I am not there, I spend time with my three amazing kids and my wife. They are the joy of my life. I enjoy almost every sport out there. I especially love the ocean. One of my dreams is to someday build a sailboat and travel around the world to see and experience life with different cultures. I want to have a timber framing company someday and build my own house in the country. I love to have a garden and to have perennial plants that come back year after year and get larger each year.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. We were taught those religious principles and practiced them. I find that when I live the principles I believe in, I feel the presence and blessings of God in my life. I think that more challenging than anything is actually living one's faith. How can a mortal live worthy of God? In this faith are found all the resources to accomplish that. If the resources were not there, then I would be out searching for something better if it could be found. All the doctrines of the Mormon church, when lived, bring the gifts of God and the presence of the Holy Ghost. What greater witness can one have than that, that one is on the right path?

How I live my faith

I try best to live my faith in how I treat others. I find my strength to be better than I would naturally be by learning about examples from the great leaders sent from God, like his Son and his prophets. In my family I find many opportunities to learn from my children. They are natural at reasoning the right course of action out. I trust most heavily in the writings of the apostles and prophets who learned directly in person with Jesus Christ, such as James, Peter, and John. I believe they have the most accurate sense of what He taught. Participating in a church community is what I am asked to do by Jesus Christ in The Book of Mormon. In being involved with my church friends, I give others the opportunity to live by faith, as I try to do. I try to strengthen others in how I serve and love them.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Nathan Franson
God not going to take away your freedom to choose. He wants a willing mind and a heart filled with desire to serve Him. When these are in place, He will show you the truth in a unique way. Often He will fill you with belief that it is true, like giving you a spiritual gift. When we are stuck and need a little coaxing, he may send a dream or other sign to help us gain an assurance of the truth. Even doubting Thomas was blessed by Jesus's efforts to help him know the truth. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Nathan Franson
Who is to judge who is Christian and who is not? Shouldn't that be God. Jesus did not go around playing on titles and cutting people down in their faith. This question arises out of those who would tear down other faiths. God and true followers of Jesus Christ would never make these statements toward others based on religious belief, but rather based on what Jesus taught and that being religious practice. Jesus said ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you. Not judging, being faithful to one's spouse in action and thought, living a life of dedicated service to God etc.. are a true measure of a Christian, rather than the titles or tenants of one's doctrine. As thus defined, some Mormon's are Christian as are people from all walks of life. It is measured in degrees of righteousness and God will ultimately be the judge. Show more Show less