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Hi I'm Nathan

I'm Athletic. I'm Nerdy. My favorite color is Green! And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love life, and I am trying to fill it with as many positive, worth-while experiences as possible. I gave two years of my life to serve a mission for the church -- The Texas Houston East Mission -- and loved every moment of it. Now I am a Chem. Ed. major at BYUI. I want to teach because I like working with youths; I want to be a positive part of their character development. One of these days I absolutely want and intend to be married in a temple and then raise a Gospel centered family. I like to make and eat delicious food. I aspire to be an author one day -- until I am published, I'm just a writer -- of fantasy and/or adventure fiction. This will come as a shocker after my last statement, but I love reading. I love to read stories that are fun, and well put together. It doesn't have to be a book that has a life-changing message, though I'm not against those either. Aside from all that, I love outdoor sports, especially backpacking. Pictures can be beautiful, -- in fact, I love photography -- but there is nothing that compares to going out and seeing the beauty of the world with my own two eyes. I've also got a more "nerd" side. I love playing board games, and i make and fight with padded weapons. There are a lot of things I want to learn before I die -- Martial Arts, Ballroom Dancing, Piano Playing, etc. What I want most, however, is to have a full, balanced life. Life is all about learning and growth through experiences, and that's what I'm really all about too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a "mormon" family, which means I grew up knowing about and attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As long as I lived in my parents house, it wasn't a choice. However, I continue to be an active member today, and now it is by my own choosing. I was always taught that my parents could take me to church, and tell me what they believed in -- and as a child, you tend to believe what your parents tell you -- but that as I got older, I would start to think independantly, and so I would have to figure things out for myself. I was always taught that I needed to decide for myself what I believed. So I did. I thought about what The Church believes, I read The Book of Mormon, and I prayed about it. Heavenly Father answered my prayer. I felt in my heart and mind that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's true, authorized church here upon the earth. More than that however, I have come to know and comprehend, at least in part, the Principles of living the Gospel. Something that I have come to understand -- many apostles have said this fairly plainly -- is that church alone is not enough. Going to church on Sunday is not the climax of a spiritual life, but rather it is a means to the end of living the Gospel. A guy named Thomas Fuller once said "He does not believe that does not live according to his belief". I am a "Mormon" because I know for myself that the fullness of the Gospel has been restored, and because I find a sense of self-fulfillment through living the Gospel of JesusChrist

How I live my faith

Because I came to know for myself that this church contains the full Gospel of Jesus Christ, I made the decision to serve a two-year mission for the church. I was called to serve in the Texas Houston East Mission. Every day I was involved in service, and in teaching others who want to know about the church. Why would I sacrifice two years of my life? To help others build and strengthen their relationships with Christ. Now I use what I learned during those two years to keep my life in line with the teachings of the Savior, and I strive to help others do the same. I actively participate in volunteer positions in a few organizations at BYUI as well as spontaneous service opportunities. Christ spent his whole life teaching and serving and loving others. I live my faith by trying to do the same.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Nathan
This is something that has become very clear and simple for me. You can increase your faith in Jesus Christ by getting to know him better. You can know him better by reading the Scriptures, which tell about his life. Literally, the more you read about him from a reliable source such as the scriptures, the more you begin to understand about his character and what he went through for us. Some people don't realize it -not to discredit those that do-, but Christ Sacrificed a lot more for us than just in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. If you are wondering what i mean, read and find out. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Nathan
Wards and Stakes are just names used to organize local church membership. Everyone in a specified area belongs to that areas Ward. In other words, a Ward is a congregation of church members. Several Wards combine together to form a Stake. In a sense, it works the way State and Counties work. If you looked at an area map, you'd see everything divided up by boundary lines. Whatever set of boundaries you live in, you belong to the corresponding Ward or Stake on a larger overview. As for Branches, they are basically the same thing as Wards, just a little bit smaller. There are a few minor differences that go along with being smaller, which is why they are called by a different name. As far as organization though, they are interchangeable with the role of a Ward. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Nathan
Authority to perform a baptism is important because it is that authority, or permission from God, that makes the baptism valid. Anyone can go and say some words, dunk other people in water, and call it baptism but that's just what you do when you are baptized, that's not what baptism is. Baptism is literally a person entering into covenants, or promises, with God. You covenant to take upon yourself the name of Christ, to always remember Him, and to keep His commandments. In return, you are promised that if you do these things you will recieve a remission of your sins, you can begin a new life as a true follower of Christ, and you will have always His Spirit to be with you, or in other words, the gift of the Holy Ghost. You can't make God enter into this promise, and so it is important that your baptism is performed by one who has authority from God to perform baptisms. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Nathan
Mormon Church services include three things Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, and Priesthood/Relief Scociety, Sacrament Meeting being the first and most important portion of our service. Anyone can and should feel welcome to attend church. Sacrament Meeting is the most important part of our service because we take the Sacrament to renew our covenants that we make with God when we are baptized. The Sacrament bread and water is blessed and passed to the congregation. After partaking of the Sacrament, we usually hear from members who have been asked to talk on assigned topics. Following Sacrament Meeting, everyone twelve years of age and older slitps up, mostly by age groups, for Sunday School. The children 11 years and under attend Primary until our services are over. It's basically sunday school, but for little kids. During Sunday School, teachers give lessons, often in the form of class discussions, to thier classes. For the last part of our services, the Men and Women split up, the women going to Young Womens for 12-17 year olds and Releif Scociety for 18 and up, while the Men and boys 12 years and up go to Priesthood meeting. beyond that, it is pretty much like Sunday School. So, our services include Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, and Priesthood/Relief Scociety. Visitors are always welcome. We encourage visitors to attend all three parts, but especially to come for Sacrament Meeting. You do not have to be with a member, our services are open to everyone. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Nathan
The Holy Ghost - also know as the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord, or the Comforter - is the third member of the Godhead. He works with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in their common purpose which is "To bring to pass the Immortality and Eternal Life of man" -- Moses 1 verse 39. The Holy Ghost does not have a physical body, so that he can tend to our spirits. The main role of the Holy Ghost is to Teach us truths, though he does other things such as comfort us, guide us, and sometimes he even protects us. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Nathan
The Word of Wisdom is the "Health Code" of the Church. It is an article of modern revelation given by God, to Joseph Smith, containing things which are and things which are not healthy for our bodies. It specifically mentions that Strong Drinks -alcoholic beverages-, Hot Drinks -coffee and tea-, and Tobacco are not good to consume. It also states that Meats, Fruits, Vegitables, and Grains and Wholesome Herbs are good for you, though God tells us that all of these things must be used in moderation. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Nathan
Being a Mormon is like being in on a secret that most people dont even know exists. The secret that we know is how to find the greatest joy and happiness in life. Its a wonderful secret, but we dont want it to be a secret, we want everyone to know. We are happy, even when life is challenging, and we want everyone to have an opportunity to find that same lasting happiness. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Nathan
We believe in a volume of scripture called the Book of Mormon. It is like the Bible, but it is not "the mormon bible". We believe that the Book of Mormon and the Bible both cantain truth and are both from God. They support each other in testifying to the world that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. We were nicknamed the "Mormons" because we believe in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Nathan
Joseph Smith was first a 14 year old boy, born in 1806, seeking for truth and to do what was right. Later, he was a prophet called and chosen of and by God. He is known in the Church as the Prophet of the Restoration, because it was through him that God restored Christ's church again upon the earth. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Nathan
Step 1 - Get a copy of the Book of Mormon Step 2 - Read the Book of Mormon Step 3 - Pray to our Heavenly Father to know if what you read is true. You Do Not have to have read the entire Book of Mormon to pray about it. Step 4 - When you get your answer that the Book of Mormon is true, then you know that Mormonism is true, because if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith really was a Prophet of God, and translated the Book of Mormon by the power and authority from God. If Joseph Smith really was a Prophet called of God, then the church he established under the direction of God -- "Mormonism" -- is true. Step 5 - Make a choice. Once you know that the Book of Mormon is true, you have two chioces, you can either act upon that knowledge or you can disregard it. I can promise you that coming to know the truth for yourself, and then commiting to live by the standards set forth therein, will bring you the greatest happiness this life has to offer. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Nathan
Mormon missions are funded by the missionaries, their families, and others who may choose to donate money to the missionary fund. Show more Show less