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Hi I'm Nathan

I go to school in Hawaii. I love adventure. I love business. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am currently a student at BYU-Hawaii studying Business Management. I love Hawaii. I was a missionary for Jesus Christ in Tucson Arizona and Silver City, NM from July 2010 until July 2012. I love basketball, tennis, and speaking in public. I also love exploring the island of Oahu. It's an amazing place to live.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. Its that simple. When I was 17, I decided to read the Book of Mormon 3 times in a year, and then pray frequently to know if its true. If I read it and prayed and felt good about it, then I knew what direction to take. Because the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet. Joseph Smith passed the prophet-ness to Brigham Young, who has passed it on to all the prophets from them to right now, Thomas S Monson. I follow him because he speaks to and for God. He's not perfect, but he tells us what God wants us to know. When I follow the prophet, I follow God. 

How I live my faith

For 2 years I was a full time missionary! Outside of my mission, I have served as a Sunday School teacher, a family home evening leader, and a lead role in overseeing the men of my ward. I do my best every day to serve others around me and to lift their burdens.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Nathan
Read the Book of Mormon (http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng), which is the evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet. Then, pray about it. Ask specifically to God, "Is the Book of Mormon true?" Then, meet with the missionaries (http://mormon.org/missionaries/) and they'll lead you the rest of the way. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Nathan
John 3:5, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Christ taught that we all must be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost through priesthood authority if we want to enter the kingdom of God. Well, we want all people to enter into the Kingdom of God, so we baptize! =) Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nathan
I'm pretty sure that I've served more of my non-mormon friends throughout my life than my Mormon friends. Did Christ perform the Atonement ONLY for those who believed in him? No. Christ served everyone. We serve everyone. Every time I see a homeless person, I give them a dollar. Or some food. Its only right. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Nathan
I answer that question with another question. Would Christ be paid for the Atonement? For miracles? For establishing a church? For giving authority to his apostles? Absolutely not. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Nathan
Ultimately it comes down to whoever God wants. However, tradition has it that whoever has served as an apostle for the longest time becomes the next prophet. All the current apostles then confirm the decision by praying and receiving revelation if its the right decision. If any of the apostles say no, then he does not become the prophet. It requires a 100% decision. All of the apostles are sustained by the church as prophets. Just like the President of the Church, when an apostle dies, the apostles council together to see who will be the next apostle. They fast and pray many days for that decision. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Nathan
First, they answer any questions you have about the doctrine of the church. If you have a question, they answer it. If you don't have any questions, they will teach you about prophets, their relationship with God, your relationship with God, and how you can know for yourself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church. They talk about God's plan for each one of us. We talk about Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Holy Ghost, and the commandments. Most importantly, we talk and testify of Jesus Christ and His role as our Savior and Redeemer Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Nathan
Well, I'll try to make some sense of that: Does God have to use the same judgement for every single person who has ever walked the earth? yes. John 3:5 says, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." So, every single person, in order to enter the kingdom of God, HAS to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost through proper priesthood authority. But what about people who have never even heard of Jesus? Or who were baptized, but not by priesthood authority? Well, that's why we do baptisms for the dead! The whole purpose is to give our ancestors the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ and to fulfill the requirement of baptism by priesthood authority. Just to clarify, every person has the option to accept or reject the baptism that we performed. They now have the choice. Its a wonderful concept. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Nathan
 Yes. God called prophets throughout time. Why not now? Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Nathan
Don't look at it. Get a free computer blocker that will help you and your family. If you see it, get rid of it! The only reason they continue producing it is because people keep on buying it. If nobody looks at it, it will eventually stop. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nathan
Is everyone required to obey all the commandments? NO. We should, we have our agency, but God doesn't force us to do something that we don't want to do. Jesus Christ and prophets throughout time have commanded us to share what we know to be true and all male members of the church should prepare for one. Sisters as well are an amazing contribution to the work of the Lord. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Nathan
His name is Thomas S. Monson. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are also considered prophets because of their words. To hear what they have said recently, go to https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Nathan
I attribute the growth of the LDS church to the Spirit. The Spirit teaches truth to those that are honest in heart. Because of that, the honest in heart are led to Christ's church and the Spirit testifies to them that this is true, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that this is Christ's church on the Earth Show more Show less