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Hi I'm Naythan

I love creating and listening to music. I also enjoy writing, rugby, and conversations. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of three children, and hope to someday become a criminal lawyer. I enjoy creating things in general, be it music, writing, art, etc. I fluently play five instruments: classical guitar, banjo, ukulele, piano, and organ. I play rugby and enjoy public speaking. I love getting to know people and genuine conversations.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because living the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy. As I've learned and still learn to put aside my own interests and focus on serving others and better following Jesus Christ's perfect example, I feel happier. Though I was "raised in the Church," I have questioned my beliefs in great detail, especially in preparation for serving my own mission, and my testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon stands very, very strong. God lives and wants to bless you through His restored gospel, and I know you can learn its truthfulness for yourself. After all, Christ Himself only invited His apostles to "come, follow me." As we sincerely choose for ourselves to pray and obey God's voice, we can feel of His love for us.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a 2-year mission for the LDS Church in New York, New York, preaching the Gospel in American Sign Language. Both of my parents actually served in the same place on their missions; I have been greatly looking forward to walking the same streets my parents told me about as a kid.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Naythan
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is established on the same organizations and principles that guided the church when Christ Himself walked the earth. We believe in apostles and prophets, men called of God to receive revelation, or divine guidance, for His church. They hold sacred authority, given to them by God through other prophets. Because of the authority of God, the same blessings and promises available in Christ's time, such as baptism, are possible now. Others still are confused or label the LDS Church as a "cult" because of our temples. Our temples are holy places of worship that resemble those established by the Lord to the children of Israel in the Old Testament. The promises of obedience and covenants we make are not "secret," but they are sacred and holy. Before I went to the temple the first time for myself, I was honestly worried about what was ahead, but upon attending the temple, I felt a strong sense of spiritual comfort and peace from the blessings the temple has to offer. The garments we wear are sacred, simple, outward expressions of our inward commitment to follow Christ's example in our own lives, much like the robes of the clergy or other holy emblems found in most Christian faiths. In speaking from personal experience, I can attest that nothing occurs in the temple that is contradictory to the principles of Christianity. It is a sacred opportunity for those willing to pledge their commitment to the Lord and His teachings. Show more Show less