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Hi I'm Nathan

I'm a dental student who likes to run, bike, swim, and just have straight up, simple fun time. And I'm Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dental student who enjoys running, swimming, cycling, and Ultimate Frisbee, or anything that gets me moving. I eventually want to become an orthodontist. I'm not married, so I spend much of my free time in the dating world, something I am very willing to leave behind for marriage and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of my friends at school have asked me why I am Mormon, usually wondering how I can live as a Mormon with our moral code. It isn't difficult because I grew up with the morals that the Mormon Church teaches, but it isn't easy, because I still have friends who enjoy all types of fun, even fun that I don't agree with. The real answer to why I'm a Mormon is that I had to decide if my parents religion is my religion and I made that choice. I read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it was His book. In my heart, I believe He said, "Yes, it is." That answer is not unlike the feeling some of my friends have had who were called to be pastors in other churches. That was a personal answer to a very personal question, and I won't deny it; rather, I define my life by it.

How I live my faith

"La la la la la." Music: I love music. When I moved to Glendale, the Bishop asked me to lead the choir in the congregation. I've always been involved in music, but never from the front of the group. Leading the choir has been exciting as I help a group of people with some musical ability learn how to sing together. We just had a performance in front of about 1600 people. The choir sang amazingly. And that was fun for me, to see how these singers had come from not much to amazing. I also try and keep my eyes open to being helpful. A friend of mine didn't have a vacuum cleaner, and she told me that she didn't want anyone to come over because her house was so dirty. The next day, I called her from my car and said, "Open the door, you'll like it." I walked in and started vacuuming her house. To me, that is being Mormon: look out for your everyone you are around, and do what you can to help them. Sometimes that means taking your vacuum to her house, sometimes it means reading a verse of scripture, and sometimes it even means driving at 2am to pick up a classmate who drank a bit too much. But it's all giving yourself to God by helping His children.

Who are the Mormons?

Nathan
We are students, clerks, doctors, nurses, professionals, businessmen, Senators, pilots, teachers, UPS deliverymen, working mothers, secretaries, judges, and even a few athletes. We aren't much different from the family next door--we often are. What about me? I'm in dental school--don't forget to floss tonight! Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Nathan
We have the 12 Apostles today so we can be one united church. In the Gospels, Christ calls his 12 Apostles, giving them authority to teach, heal, and do many other things to build people's faith. In Acts, Luke writes that the Lord called other Apostles to fill the empty spot left when Judas Iscariot betrayed Him. In Ephesians ch. 4, Paul writes that the Apostles, and many others, are essential to the Church of Jesus Christ. Today, I believe that the Bible tells us that we need Apostles to have the Church of Jesus Christ. The Lord has chosen His 12 for our day and chooses wise men to replace those who pass away. Without the Apostles, the ancient church fragmented because the Apostles were killed and not able to keep the church together. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nathan
Mormons help EVERYONE. Last week I helped with an event at my dental school called "Give Kids a Smile." The Mormon association on campus The LDS Academy of Dentists, Student Chapter was a main organizer for this inagural event. We provided initial oral hygiene training to more than 250 children and their parents in a single day. At next year's event, we hope to see more than 500 during the one-day event. Show more Show less