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Hi I'm Nathan Valentine

I'm a grateful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I am joyfully married to my best friend and together we have 2 incredibly special children. We spend as much time together as we can while doing our best to faithfully fulfill our obligations outside the home. I enjoy reading gospel related materials, business books, and computer programming reference material. I was introduced to the Mormon church by a family friend when I was 21 years old. My mother and I began meeting with the missionaries and were eventually baptized on the same day. We have since married members of the church and have learned a great deal about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the great love our Father in Heaven has for each and every one of us.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I was baptized, I spent some time attending churches of various Christian denominations. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) church was one of them. There were answers to questions I thought couldn't be answered given by the Mormon members and the church's missionaries. Answers that could only be given through true representatives of Jesus Christ. Answers that applied, not only to primitive times, but that applied to our day, as well. Although I did not have a firm understanding of all of God's mysteries, I felt enough to make my decision to follow the only church I believed had authority in this day to act in God's name and legitimately represent Jesus Christ. Over time, my knowledge has been strengthened. What I have witnessed through obedience to the commandments of God given in ancient times, as well as those in modern times by prophets of God, is undeniable. I know what I have found is the restored church of Jesus Christ. I have come to know Joseph Smith, the latter-day prophet, was visited by God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, and was directed to restore the precious truths that existed in the primitive church organized by Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is a true and second witness that Jesus is the Christ, the very son of God. I know this to be so with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I begin each morning by rolling out of bed to my knees in prayer to my Heavenly Father, followed by a few minutes of study in the Bible and/or the Book of Mormon. I end my day the same way. Through this routine, I find that the gospel of Jesus Christ is more consistently on my mind throughout the day, which allows me opportunities to apply those teachings in my own life and share them with others. I have periodic opportunities to teach in church meetings, which I attend on a weekly basis. I also attend a weekly meeting offered by the LDS Family Services called the Addiction Recovery Program. This program offers a step by step introduction to the suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, which has allowed each of us the ability to live with our Heavenly Father for eternity someday. I study the words of living prophets on a daily basis, as well. There is a wealth of material available to me on mormon.org, lds.org, and in my scriptures. I try to be diligent in seeking out the word of God as often as possible to keep me moving forward in my progression toward living a more Christlike life.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Nathan Valentine
This is an important question. It can be a point of difficulty for those previously baptized in another Christian denomination, especially when a previous experience of baptism means a lot to a person. What is important to understand is that Jesus Christ was baptized as an example for us. Even more important to understand is that He was baptized by one in authority to do so. By what authority is such authority given? God's authority. This authority is known as God's priesthood authority. God's priesthood authority is given to and through His personally appointed prophets. This is how it has been throughout time (Amos 3:7). It stands to reason that baptism without proper authority must be performed again. Whether baptism was previously performed or not, baptism is essential to return to live with our Father in Heaven and to gain a remission of our sins. We promise to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ, remember Him, and keep His commandments. He, in turn, promises that we will have His Spirit to be with us here on earth and that we will be able to live with God someday. Show more Show less