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Hi I'm Nate

I've lived all over the country though consider myself a Seattleite. I'm a missionary called to serve in Phoenix. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family with one younger brother. We have moved all over the country though we currently live in Belmont, Massachusetts, a town outside of Boston. I grew up in Seattle and enjoy watching the Mariners and Seahawks, cheering them on from Boston. I am a student at BYU in Provo. I am planning on majoring in economics. I want to work in some area of business or finance after I graduate. I am a convert to the church and the only member in my family. I am looking forward to sharing the joy this church has brought to my life by serving my mission in Phoenix!

Why I am a Mormon

One aspect of this church that I particularly love is the emphasis on searching out and finding truth for ourselves. This church was founded by the questioning of one man Joseph Smith who humbly prayed to God searching for truth. This church still focuses on finding truth for ourselves. This is what I will be doing as a missionary, I will be encouraging and inviting others to find out for themselves if this church is true. I have certainly done this for myself. I am a convert to the church. I was born into a family that really didn't go to church on a regular basis. Though my dad's mom was a Methodist minister and she would tell me about the stories of the Bible on a regular basis. I grew up believing that there was a God and that he loved me but I was always hungering for more knowledge. I had always known members of the church in my town and always admired them. They seemed to have something that made them all be happy and have great families. When I was in high school my curiosity about God led to me to start searching for him more. After some time of searching I was led here to mormon.org. After searching what Mormons believe I realized that a lot of the doctrine matches what I believe: God loves us, we are his children, we can all live with him again. Though one particular doctrine struck me, the belief that families can be together forever. To me that just seemed right. I felt to paraphrase a quote I later heard from Jeffery R. Holland, a leader in the church, "Heaven, just wouldn't be heaven without my family". After some time and meeting with the missionaries I was baptized into the Church. That though was only a start to why I am a Mormon. As I lived the Gospel I saw the changes it worked in me. I became a better person. I truly saw as David O. Mckay a former leader of the church said that "The purpose of the gospel is to make bad men good and good men better". As I read my scriptures and pray daily I am continually reminded of why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the small and simple things done each day. It brings me great joy and happiness to be able to talk with my father in Heaven every morning and evening. I read the scriptures every day. I also strive to follow the example of the savior, Jesus Christ, through trying to perform simple acts of service to people as often as I can. A great thing about this church is it is all volunteer based and everyone gets a job or calling to help run the local congregation. In the past I have served as an assistant ward clerk for my ward . This means I was responsible for helping keep and balance the budget of the ward and also help with the membership records of the church. Now I am serving as a missionary for the church in the Arizona Phoenix Mission. This is a completely voluntary action, where I decided that I wanted to devote two years of my life to serve God. I am currently out sharing with the people of Phoenix how the Gospel can bring true joy into their lives and inviting them to follow the Savior's call to come unto him. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to serve God's children in Phoenix!

What is the priesthood?

Nate
The priesthood is the authority that God gives to men to act in his name. It is God's power delegated to men. This church is run through priesthood power. All calling or assignments in this church from the prophet leading the church to a Sunday school teacher use the priesthood to perform their duties and obligations in the calling. All worthy male members of the church have the opportunity to hold the priesthood though all members of the church can hold priesthood authority and power. The priesthood can be used to serve and bless others. It is used to perform blessings of comfort or for administering to the sick as well as performing all ordinances in the church. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nate
No. No one is required to serve a mission. Serving a mission is an opportunity for us to share what brings us great joy and happiness with others to help and invite them to feel that same way. When on the earth the Savior taught his followers, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations". The apostles heeded this call and Christian missionaries were sent from Spain to India and from Russia to Egypt. When the apostles died and the church started to apostatize less focus was put on missionary work. When the Lord came back and restored his true church he again placed a high focus on missionary work. He revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith, "And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God." Thousands of members respond to this call by going out and preaching the gospel all around the world. Missions though are completely voluntary. Many young men and women apply to serve and have to meet stringent worthiness requirements to serve. After that they get assigned throughout the world and are not paid for their service but instead pay for their own expenses. I am serving a mission and am loving it. It is such an amazing opportunity to serve and bless the people of Hong Kong. I have felt the love that Heavenly Father has for me, and love sharing that love with people everywhere so they know that they have a father who loves them perfectly. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nate
Quite simply, no. We do not worship Joseph Smith. We only worship Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. We honor and respect Joseph Smith much in the same way that Jews revere Moses or Isaiah. Like Moses and Isaiah God spoke to Joseph and helped him to accomplish marvelous works. All these works though were made possible only through the power of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ who are the only beings who we worship. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Nate
Joseph Smith was born in Vermont in the early 19th century. He was called by God to be a prophet after receiving a miraculous answer to his prayer. He went to God to inquire which church to join and was told that he should join none of them but that through him God would restore or bring back his true church. Joseph did just that. As with prophets in Biblical times God often spoke with him and directed him to do many marvelous works. The main testament to Joseph's status as a prophet of the Lord is the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God. Anyone who reads this with a sincere heart and prays about can know that it is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet like Moses or Isaiah. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Nate
The Book of Mormon is another volume of scripture. It adds to the Bible and tells the record of God's dealings with another group of people. The Book of Mormon adds another witness of Jesus Christ and his mission. It tells the story of a prophet named Lehi who lead his family and a few followers to leave Jerusalem and travel to the American continent. There they divided and formed two separate civilizations. The Book of Mormon is a record of these two civilization and their dealings with God. It testifies of Jesus Christ and God and his love for all his children. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Nate
During his ministry, Jesus Christ taught that all must be baptized, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5) Christ taught the proper way to baptize, by immersion, "Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them... And then shall ye immerse them in the water" (3 Nephi 11:23-26) Also the person must be baptized by someone holding proper authority. During his ministry Christ sought out John the Baptist as he was authorized to baptize. After his resurrection he gave the authority he stated, "I give unto you power that ye shall baptize this people when I am again ascended into heaven" (3 Nephi 11:21) When we baptize we enter into a covenant or a promise with God. This promise is explained "ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life" (Mosiah 18:8-9) Baptism is essential and all members of the church are baptized to show their willingness to follow the example of the Lord. Show more Show less