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Hi I'm Nathan Mella

I grew up in Orem, Utah. I am the sixth of eight kids. I go to BYU. I love being with and talking to people, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a freshmen college student. I love all things out doors -- swimming, biking, running you name it. But what I even love more is being around other people. I'm happiest when I am doing things with my family. In high school, I did a lot of sports and did well academically. I wrestled, played football, ran track, and played soccer. I liked math, science, and reading and took many AP classes my Senior year. But now I'm out of high school and that reputation is behind me. How I hope to establish myself in college is as someone who is everyone's friend. I think that who you are and the way you treat other people is whole lot more important than what you do.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because this gospel brings joy to my life. I feel a big difference between the times I do and don't live by this church's teachings. I feel closer to Christ as I read the Book of Mormon and pray daily. I feel like a disciple ever time I attend church. I am a true believer that Jesus Christ is the one who directs this church. I know that my family can live together forever because of the promises we make in the Temple. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he is pleased with me for living this gospel. My faith in this gospel isn't just a belief. It is belief that is backed up by experiences. It is a justified belief. I know that Christ's atonement is real because I feel cleaner every time I repent. I know that the Temple is the House of the Lord because I feel his Holy Spirit every time I'm there. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God because all aspects of my life are blessed as I read it.

How I live my faith

At least once a month, I do something called "hometeaching". I go to another member's home and see how they're doing. I ask if they need any help and then try my best to help them. Lately I've been giving a lot of late night rides to the testing center. I also try to support the families I hometeach in the activities they do. In every sense I try to look after the families I hometeach. And the best way that I do it is by leaving them a message that will bring the Spirit and love into their home.