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Hi I'm Nathan

I study at a University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music! I play all kinds of percussion instruments, but my favorite instruments are the piano and drum set. I love learning about current events, history, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, politics, economics, people and places. I am currently studying mathematics and economics and hope to do PhD work in Economics. I also love camping, swimming, hiking, biking and spending time with my family. My family and my faith in Jesus Christ are the most important things in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and my parents taught me the doctrines and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since I was young, my parents and other church leaders have encouraged me to find out whether the Church was true. As a young man, I read the Book of Mormon. I loved its teachings. It strengthened my testimony of Christ. When I lived the principles it taught, I felt closer to God. I felt like I wanted to be more like Jesus Christ. I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon was really His word, like the Bible was. I waited for an answer. It didn't come. I continued to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. I felt that it was true, because of the positive influence it had in my life, but I still sought for a confirmation from God. Now I realize that positive influence it had on me was an answer from God. However, I didn't realize that fact as clearly then as I do now, so I continued to pray for an answer. The answer came a few years later, actually. I woke up early in the morning to begin my day. I knelt down and prayed, including in my prayer my desire to know whether the Book of Mormon was true. I began doing my daily routine and actually forgot about my prayer that morning. As the day went on, my answer came, crystal clear, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It came as a gentle, unforgettable feeling to my heart. Part of the reason I will never forget it is because it came when I didn't expect it. I wasn't trying to force anything, it just came. I felt a peace I had never before felt. I also realized the profound, positive impact the Book of Mormon had on my life. I knew, and still know it is true. That is one experience of many that helped me decide to continue in my faith as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am single and I attend a congregation with many other single members of the Church. I work closely with many of these single members, teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ, serving with them in the community, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. I attend church every Sunday. One of the most important things to me is daily prayer and scripture study. When I study the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of living prophets (what Mormons consider scripture) I feel closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. When I pray to God, our Heavenly Father, I know that He hears my prayers, guides my thoughts, and helps me make correct decisions.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Nathan
A testimony is a witness of truth that comes from the Holy Spirit. We should seek to gain a testimony of spiritual things. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:14, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned," which means that we need the Holy Spirit to understand spiritual things--this knowledge can only come through the Spirit. One of the ways we gain a testimony as we study the scriptures, ponder, and pray to God, our Heavenly Father. He hears and answers our prayers by the power of the Holy Spirit. We also gain a testimony as we strive to serve God and follow His teachings. As the Savior taught in John 7:17, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Show more Show less