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Hi I'm Nathan

I grew up in Alabama and Georgia. I'm a Spanish teacher. I'm an uncle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm someone who tries to learn something from everyone I come in contact with. I'm still figuring out lots of things, but I'm grateful for my life and everything in it. I grew up in Alabama and Georgia and am now living out in Utah, where I attended college, graduated, and am now working as a Spanish teacher. I enjoy learning all I can about the Spanish language and cultures of the various Spanish-speaking countries. My other hobbies and interests include weightlifting, hiking, playing the piano, reading, and long conversations with those I love. Above all, I love my Heavenly Father and Savior, and learning all I can about them and building my relationship with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 8 years old because I felt in my heart that what it taught about God was true. Since I was 8, I have had many personal trials, but those challenges have ultimately brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ's original church that He established has once again been restored to the earth in its pure, original form, never again to be lost from the earth. How amazing it is to me that the Savior loves us so much that He has provided the way to return back to live with Him and our Father in Heaven, through His gospel. I love that the gospel of Jesus Christ provided answers to all the questions that I have often wondered deep down in my heart, such as where did I come from? What is my purpose here on earth? Where am I going after I die? Will I see my family again after this mortal life? I know that my purpose in this life is to follow the example of Jesus Christ by having faith, repenting of my sins, being baptized into His church, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end of this life increasing in faith. I know that families can live together for all eternity, with Heavenly Father and Jesus. I am a Mormon because it gives me a perspective that goes so far beyond just the here and now, and into the eternal future that God has prepared for me. I love knowing that I have a loving Savior and Father in Heaven, and that the Savior died for me and took upon Himself willingly all of my weaknesses and sins. Through His love and grace, I can repent of my sins and have hope and become better each day. I can go throughout my days with peace in my heart that I have a God in Heaven and angels watching over me and helping me in the small and big challenges that life presents to me. I continue to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ because I have felt that it is true, and I want more than anything to return home one day to my God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying to God morning and night, and reading the scriptures, either the Bible or the Book of Mormon, every day. I attend church meetings every Sunday for three hours, where I take the sacrament to renew my faith and trust in the Lord, attend Sunday School, and a meeting especially for the men to help us be better men. I am the choir pianist in my local congregation and find great joy in accompanying the choir as they sing to the Lord. In my previous congregations, I've been a Sunday School teacher, leader of the missionary efforts in that congregation, church pianist/organist, as well as other callings. More personally, I live my faith by striving to follow the will of God every day as I go throughout my days. I do that by constantly praying to have the Holy Ghost with me to guide me in my actions, and trying to keep the commandments to the best of my ability so I will be worthy of that guidance. Also, I live my faith by looking for opportunities to help others however I can, and by trying to treat everyone I meet with kindness and showing them the love of Jesus Christ.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Nathan
Mormon temples are sacred places that are literally the House of the Lord, where the Spirit of the Lord resides. He has commanded His people to build temples for the purpose of learning more about Him and how much He loves us. In temples, members of His church participate in ordinances that seal, or unite, families together forever, for all eternity, and help them know how to return to God. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Nathan
The Book of Mormon is another witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and in it we learn more about His life and teachings. It is a record of people in the ancient Americas, and contains their spiritual and secular history. The crowning point in the Book of Mormon is when Jesus comes to visit the people in the ancient Americas following His crucifixion and resurrection, and teaches and ministers to them. The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who bore testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. It was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith and contains a promise that those who read it in faith and pray to ask God if it is true will know by the Holy Ghost that it is true. It will change your life! Show more Show less