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Hi I'm Nathan

I grew up in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. I love sports, music, and hanging out with family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I ran Varsity Cross Country and Track during my Freshman and sophomore year. I made a personal record on the 5k of 16:48. My racial background is Indian. I participated in the Jazz band, concert band, and pep band during my freshman year. I'm currently a senior at Hillcrest High school, and am participating in Vocal Ensemble, Concert Choir, and my a capella group "The Resolve". My hobbies are playing music and sports. I love winter sports, which includes ice skating and skiing. I love spending time with friends and family, and I put everything aside to do so, haha. I'm an A.P. scholar who got accepted into BYU Provo, where I'll be starting my education after my mission. As of recently I have been called to serve in the Texas San Antonio Spanish Speaking mission, and I report to the Mexico Missionary Training Center on June 27th. I'm very excited to move out of my teenage life and transition into adulthood! It's definitely a bit stressful but it's also very exciting. I've had a few rough events that happened throughout high school, one which includes my dad getting stage 4 lymphoma cancer. Because of Heavenly Father's will and grace, my dad was able to survive that. It was always hard for me during that time because I tried to spend as much time with him as I can, but it's not as easy when my parents are divorced. I've definitely been through a ton, especially this past year when I've decided to go on a mission. But I've faced my trials with faith, and God gave me the strength

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I seek for happiness and joy not just in this life on Earth, but as well as in the life to come. Living the standards that the Church teaches has made me such a better person, and that itself has made me so much happier. I strive to be more like our Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect and sinless one who died for all of our own imperfections and sins, so that I can show my gratitude and live in God's presence again. I was born into the Church, which I will be forever thankful for. There are pros and cons into being born into the Church. The advantages of always having the Church in your life is having that spiritual support and stronger testimony that came from starting out at such a young age, which definitely strengthens the foundation of my testimony. However, it can be hard to gain a testimony of things and learn the "why" in following the standards of the Church, when you've always been following them in your life, and thus not knowing the consequences of disobeying God's commandments. I have a strong testimony that this church is indeed true, and even though the greatest of God's promises and gifts are not fulfilled yet, I continually benefit from becoming a disciple of Christ, such as blessings, tender mercies, and even miracles. My dad survived a heart attack, pnemonia, and stage 4 cancer! Is that really luck?! I don't believe it at all. God's hand has always been in my life, and everything I've accomplished and done so far was all because of him. I represent Christ in everything I do, and I do it to become happier. I love teaching others about this gospel, because I want them to have what I have: happiness and a wonderful lifestyle. I want them to have hope, faith, and charity as they live to serve not just themselves, but others. I want people to make a difference in this world, and take a step back from their own personal life, and see what they can do to make someone's day better. Because if they have that, they don't need anything else.

How I live my faith

I serve in my priest's quorum as 2nd counselor. I'm an active participant in home teaching and I serve as the Priesthood Pianist. Home teaching is when me and another assigned member of our church go out and visit the other members, making sure that they are in good health, which includes physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Then we share a brief message from the First Presidency of our church to keep them spiritually fed. I organize events within the Stake as I'm a member of the Stake Youth Council, where we plan and execute activities for the youth within our Stake. We are currently planning for Trek, which is basically a reenactment of the Pioneers' journey within Utah using handcarts and such.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Nathan
No words can even describe the most heroic act in the history of the world. Half-human, half-God, Jesus Christ had the power to die in mortality and to become resurrected from the dead. Because Jesus Christ overcame the grave and was resurrected, all of us have the chance to become resurrected, regardless of our actions in life. Jesus paid the price for the sins of mankind by taking upon himself the pains and sufferings of all men. We can be saved in the kingdom of God, but only if we truly become repentant of our sins and strive to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, who died so we can achieve eternal happiness. Jesus Christ has many names, but there is one that's my favorite: The Savior. Jesus Christ saved us from our sins, and he gave us the chance not to experience eternal torment for our imperfections. If only justice was served for our actions, we would indeed suffer for our sins, because we are human and thus imperfect. However, Christ has satisfied that justice with mercy, but only if we come unto Him and repent of our sins, which changes us for the better. There is an immediate benefit from living the Atonement, and that includes the peace and happiness that comes as you strive to become more like the Savior everyday, and serving others. Loving ourselves and our neighbors just as much is the greatest commandment that Jesus Christ gave us, and by following that one commandment, all of the other requirements for discipleship come easy. Show more Show less