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Hi I'm Nathan

I grew up in Lehi, Utah. I love the gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a high school senior who has just received a mission call to a foreign country, speaking a language I'm not comfortable with yet. I participate in my school's Track and Cross Country team, running the long distance events. I am the team captain for both Track and Cross Country and I enjoy hanging out with my friends on the team. I've run a couple half marathons and I'm training to run a marathon in May of this year. Another hobby I have is snowboarding. I love going with my dad and I love the feeling of being the first person down a steep slope full of fresh powder. One fun thing that I enjoy doing with my dad is building a family cabin that we have worked on for the past couple years. We get to go up every Saturday in the summer and I've spent lots of hours getting acquainted with a nail gun. I'm currently taking 5 AP classes and I hope to finish out my senior year strong in both my academics and my position on student council as the senior class secretary.

Why I am a Mormon

When I entered into my Sophmore year of high school, the seminary book-of-study was the Book of Mormon. My seminary teacher told my class at the beginning of the year that all we had to do was read one page front and back each day and we would finish with time to spare. I accepted the invitation to read the Book of Mormon and I felt an increase of the spirit in my daily life. Although there were many nights where I knew that I was already on track to get very few hours of sleep, I ready my one page every day without fail. I made a special effort during this reading, more than I had in previous readings of the Book of Mormon, and made sure that I was fully comprehending what I was reading, marking verses that I found insightful and interesting. At the conclusion of the Book of Mormon, I followed the invitation offered by the last prophet of the book, Moroni, and asked my Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true. Having read the Book of Mormon before, I was struck with the new and amazing intensity of the feeling that testified that the Book of Mormon was true. I felt that I had put in more effort to read the Book of Mormon and that God was rewarding my efforts with a clear answer. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Just as Moroni promised, after having read the Book of Mormon, the spirit can and will witness of its truth, but only after we have done our part. This testimony of the Book of Mormon helps me as I realize that it's truth means that all other parts of the restored gospel are true as well. I'd like to add that although I have been raised in the church, I have gained a personal testimony of it's truth. The Lord does not fear questions about the validity of the gospel, He welcomes them both from members and nonmembers. God will help us as we try to gain personal testimonies of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I have served in my Aaronic Priesthood quorums as both a member and a leader. I recently served as the First Assistant in the Priest quorum and I was released a few months ago after about a year in that position. I home teach two families in my ward with my dad as a companion and we switch off who teaches each month. In school I have had the honor of participating in a club called HOPE squad: a suicide prevention club. In my community I have been able to serve through scouting, most notably when I did my eagle project which involved repairing fences and painting signs at a trail head. As I have served in leadership positions and been a member of various organizations, I have learned that commitment and reliability are necessary qualities in members of successful groups or organizations. As I live my faith, I try to be consistent and willing to do the small things that really make a difference.