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Hi I'm Nate Sharp.

I'm a university professor, a father of five children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been in Texas since 2002. We have five children and we enjoy nothing more than spending time together as a family. We love to travel and see new people and places. My wife is a registered nurse, and I am a university professor.

Why I am a Mormon

From as far back as I can remember, I have known that Jesus Christ is my personal savior and the savior of all mankind. When I was a young boy, I personally read the Book of Mormon and was touched by its additional witness of Jesus Christ. Since that time, I have read the Book of Mormon dozens of times and have felt blessed every time I open its pages. I have also carefully studied the life and experiences of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and I am impressed with the sincerity of his personal writings and the goodness of his life. I am so grateful to belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a worldwide church with a message of hope and peace and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. I have found answers to all of the questions of my soul in this church, and I love that we are taught to respect and honor all people of all religious persuasions. I also love that our church has an outstanding program for young children and youth, which helps them to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ early in their lives. I am thankful to see the wonderful difference the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes in my family and in the lives of my children each day. Our church has brought incredible happiness to me and my family, so I enjoy sharing my religious beliefs. 

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ guides every aspect of my life. When I was 19 years old, I served as a missionary in South Korea. My wife was a missionary in Guatemala. My missionary service changed my life because I saw firsthand how faith in Christ literally transforms people. Although I teach dozens of university students every year, no teaching is more important to me than the teaching that occurs within the walls of my own home. My wife and I kneel in prayer with our children each morning and night, study the scriptures daily with them, and try to show our kids what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. I love what a church leader once said, "The spirit of the Gospel is optimistic. It trusts in God and looks on the bright side of things." I am grateful that the gospel of Jesus Christ enables us to accept and learn and grow from the hard things we sometimes experience in life, rather than becoming angry or bitter. I know the Lord can calm the storms of life, and I have felt the peace and assurance that come alone from Him. In our local congregation, I love being involved with the youth of our church and with the Boy Scouts program. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors, where the beauty and majesty of nature bear witness to my soul that there is a Creator. Because we do not have any immediate family in Texas, our local congregation is like an extended family to us.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Nate Sharp.
We love and revere the Bible as the word of God. My family and I study regularly from the Bible. We regularly study both the Old and New Testaments in our church meetings. Our belief in the Book of Mormon as an additional witness of Jesus Christ takes nothing away from the Bible and is not associated with any perceived inadequacies in the Bible. Instead, the Book of Mormon is an additional witness of Christ that complements the Bible and supports everything the Bible teaches. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Nate Sharp.
Yes, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are Christians, and we also recognize that there are wonderful, faithful Christians in many churches or denominations throughout the world. We believe Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” and that “through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved." Eternal life is possible only because Jesus willingly suffered in Gethsemane and died on the cross at Calvary to offer Himself a ransom for all of God’s children. Although Mormons are occasionally singled out for our emphasis on following Jesus’ teachings and obeying His commandments, ultimately we believe that salvation is possible only through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Over the years, I have had many friends from other faiths sincerely question whether Mormons are Christians. I believe these questions usually arise because of Mormons’ distinct beliefs about additional scripture, ongoing revelation from God, and the separate identities of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe these differences are much less important than what Mormons have in common with all Christians. We are all united in our love, faith, and belief in Jesus Christ as the divine Son of God and the Savior of all mankind.  Show more Show less