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Hi I'm Nathan B.

Father by choice, banker by trade, seminary teacher by calling and a runner for fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a father of four children aged 3-14, life can get busy. Work, school, homework, activities, cub scouts and church - some days I feel more like a taxi driver than anything else. But somewhere in there I find time for me - running, reading, hanging with the family and keeping up my relationship with God.

Why I am a Mormon

I've lived my life with and without the teachings of the Church and I can tell you, living without them is no fun. Many people talk of peace today, but there is nothing better than knowing the answers to life's biggest questions: What happened before I was born? Why am I here? What happens to me after this life?

How I live my faith

My alarm goes off at 5:30 each morning giving me just enough time to get dressed and off to our church where I get to greet 18 tired-eyed high school students who gather for "seminary" before their classes start each day. It's a sacrifice of time and sleep that we make each morning, but what a better way to start the day then in studying the teachings of the scriptures and challenging each other to live a little better.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Nathan B.
Through my work, I get to travel all around the world and meet with many people in many countries. In these settings, almost without fail, I am asked why I don't drink coffee (to fight jet lag) or alcohol (as we meet socially). I guess for me it comes down to a personal choice that I've made. Almost 200 years ago, we received counsel from a prophet that coffee, tea and alcohol were to be avoided. With that however, were other blessings if we would follow the Lord's plan of health. I certainly don't miss drinking things others around me do, but definitely welcome the healthy habits they help me to keep. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Nathan B.
In the New Testament, in speaking of the Savior Jesus Christ, it says that he "went about doing good" (Acts 10:38). That simple statement drives a lot of what the Mormon Church does in the world today. The Church doesn't make a big deal about it, but feels that we can have a positive influence on the world in many ways - including feeding the poor, disaster recovery and support, digging wells in Africa and showing farmers who to expand their yields, gathering, preparing and shipping supplies to those in need - all of these are examples of things that happen day in and out, each month and every year. Members of the church are asked to "fast" one Sunday each month - meaning give up food and water for 24 hours - and then donate the equivalent funds (and as much more as you'd like), which is dedicated for helping others around them. Additionally, church members can give to the humanitarian efforts of the church - those things I spoke about above. On top of that, church members get regular opportunities to volunteer time to help out in many causes; and a lot of those end up helping people they will never meet. The New Testament also states that "unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48). Members of the Church feel that they have been given so much that it is really only a small matter to give back where ever they can. Show more Show less

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

Nathan B.
Our belief in Jesus Christ is central to everthing we do. Most people call us Mormons because of the Book of Mormon, but some don't know our Church is actually titled "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". We believe the Book of Mormon to be scripture, just like the Bible, and that reading the two of them together, we come to a better understanding of the Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less