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Hi I'm Nathan Parkin

I'm a student, a business owner, and a photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a student studying business management with an emphasis in marketing. I love doing anything creative, so on the side I'm an avid photographer. I usually take very wide panoramic photos of scenic landscapes. I also enjoy music and play the trumpet, a little bit with the piano, and sing as well. I love ballroom dance (specifically Latin styles). To the geeky side, I like to build and repair computers and work with anything technological. I'm also a business owner. My hope is to start several more businesses in the future that change the world for the better. I'm not interested in the money or fame, but in making a difference in the lives of others. Believing in God and Jesus Christ has helped me keep my focus on serving others and has been a huge strength for me.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I was born I was raised going to church. Like some children I came mostly for other reasons such as friends and fun activities. It wasn't until I was older, in my later teens, that I actually read The Book of Mormon. While reading the book, I would often feel what we call the Spirit. The Spirit testifies or confirms that something is true. We feel the spirit often through our deep, inner feelings or thoughts. It's somewhat like the feeling of love we have for our family. We can't "see" that love. We can't "touch" it. But we know it is there because we feel it deep within us. That's how I felt as I read for the first time. I felt it was true and prayed about it. After praying on many occasions the positive feelings remained. I acted according to what I felt- I kept the commandments, like going to church. Later, I went on a mission teaching others about the the church. I saw many who also read and prayed about The Book of Mormon and also felt the Spirit. They too knew it was true. So why am I a Mormon? Because I acted according to what I felt. I felt the Spirit, I followed it, and I realized that it was right and good- that it helped my life. I continue to be a Mormon because I still do feel the Spirit as I do those things I've mentioned. I know that we have a Heavenly Father; that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again for us; and that there is a living prophet on the earth today who was called by God to be a prophet. I know these things because I know The Bible and The Book of Mormon are true. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Two things that stick out is reading the scriptures and prayer. They are both very simple, but also very important. Going to church only happens once a week, but I've found that if I read in The Bible and The Book of Mormon that I can keep that same feeling of peace and love as when I go to church. I try my best to support church activities. One thing I enjoy is singing in the choir because music has always touched me and I feel closer to God through it. Another thing I try to do as I live my faith is to do service. I love the feeling of helping others and trying to make a difference. I hope I can use my education in business to create companies that can help change the world through research and humanitarian efforts.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Nathan Parkin
I donate 10% of my income because I know it's a commandment from God. We read in the Bible that people gave tithing to help support church, and members today pay tithing for the same reason. I'm always happy to donate 10% of my income because I know it helps support the church. Despite my low income, I have never had to worry about my finances after paying tithing. I believe God understands that 10% can be a big sacrifice, so He blesses me for that act of faith. I've talked with many people who have seen miracles from paying tithing, and though I've never had a "huge" miracle from paying tithing, I know God is pleased when I do donate to the church. Tithing is something I will continue to haply donate for the rest of my life. Show more Show less