Nathan Coleman

Nathan Coleman
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Monday, December 26, 2016


December 25, 2016

Hey everyone!

So I spent some time on Christmas thinking about what I could write today. As all of you could probably guess that my words today will be focused on the Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the center of Christmas.

Since the beginning, God has always brought light and life into the world. In the beginning, He said "Let there be light" (Gen 1:3) and "He breathed the breath of life" (Gen 2:7) into man. He has also said in other scripture that his whole purpose and glory is to bring to his children immortality and eternal life (Moses 1:39). Anything that is good, happy, bright, and holy is from God. All that he has ever wanted to do is to help us be better and help us be eternally happy.

With that backdrop, Christmas is truly a time of light and life, from the lights that hang on our trees to the fullness of life and pure joy that come when we share gifts and time with the ones that we love. These traditions are wonderful and the times that we share with our families and in our church buildings are delightful. It is my hope, this Christmas season, that you have not forgotten the person who is the essence of “Christmas.” In the Book of John, Christ is described as "the light and life of men" and the light that shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not." (john 1:4-5) I hope that as you read this message, you will be drawn toward the Light. It is my hope that you can find life in Him.

To begin, Jesus is the light of the world and if we follow Him we will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life (John 8:12). He promises us a path that we can follow in a world and time full of darkness. That light is His example and His commandments. He has promised that all of those who abide in Him will not abide in the darkness (John 12:46). I think that this is an important idea. Many people that I talk with everyday say that, because of all the bad things in the world, a God cannot possibly exist. I hope that at times when we feel this way, for there are times when all of us feel that the darkness is overwhelming, we remember what the Savior has promised us. He has not said that there would be no darkness, but that we do not need to abide in darkness. And I hope that as we are all looking for that light, we will be a light to the people around us just as Jesus was a light to all of us (Matt 5: 14-16).

Second, Jesus is the life of the world. He is the living bread that we can eat so that we will never die (John 6:51). Through Him we can all be resurrected and be fully healed of all of our infirmities. These blessings are not reserved only for those who have strong faith in the master, but are given freely to anyone who will reach out and take them. Again, these promises of healing and eternal life do not mean that there will not be times when we are afflicted physically, for we are all mortal and we will be afflicted just as he has been afflicted. But we can all gain hope in a day that will come in which all of that suffering will have an end (Rev 21:4). All that He has asked us to do is to ease the burdens, in a small way, that others must hold (Matt 25:35-26).

Having a knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ changes everything about our lives. It changes the way we feel towards other people (Matt 22:39) and ourselves (Romans 8:16). It changes our actions and gives us a desire to follow Jesus Christ (John 13:15). And it changes our perspective towards the world and the trials of our lives (John 16:33). If we want peace and this change of attitude, the formula is simple. It is not easy, but it is simple. Every person who followed Jesus when He was alive, from the most educated Jew to the most simple fisherman, first listened to His words. They then acted on his message. In modern revelation, the Savior says this, "Learn of me, listen to my words, walk in the meekness of my spirit, and you shall have peace in me"(D&C 19:23).

In my opinion, Christ doesn't care very much were we stand currently, but He cares very much about where we are going. For, we have all sinned (1 John 1:8) and we are all imperfect. We have all done good in our lives and we have all made mistakes. So, there are some of us who need to stop being complacent regarding the things that we have done, but on the other hand there are those of us who need to forget the past and to quit dwelling on our mistakes. Even the great apostle Peter was hesitant to accept the Savior’s call to come to him and said "Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man" (Luke 5:8).

Each person's path to follow the Savior will be different, but each will always start with humility and a desire to change. For those of you who know little to nothing about the Savior, a good place to start would be to read his words. You may not understand now, but I know that whatever your challenges are, something that the Savior said will help you. I know the words are old and that they are from a past day, but the principles and the counsel that He gives will guide you to a higher plane of living and will bring you true peace and stability. There are those of you who may know a little about Him or who have even followed him diligently in the past, but who have strayed from His path. His counsel for you is simple "Repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance" (Acts 26:20). There are also those who are on the path and working hard to follow Him. I hope that you follow his counsel and pray for the ability to stay on the path and help the people around you (Luke 22:32).

I know that the Savior, His teachings, gospel, and example, can be the sure rock that we can build on that never will fail. I know that because of His sacrifice we will all live again and we will all have a chance to be eternally happy. I know that through His power and grace, there is no permanent failure, and that our failures will be turned to success. And most of all I know that the Savior loves us regardless of where we are today. I bear witness that He is the light and life of the world, a light that is endless that can never be darkened and a life that is endless that there can be no more death.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Comforting Others

December 18, 2016

Hey everyone! So, for those of you who are wondering how the countryside is... it is about the same as the city haha. The only difference is fewer members and fewer people to talk to. But we have all of the same stuff to eat and all of that so that is great. Anyway, so this week is Christmas week but I won't send anything about that until next week because I am not prepared yet haha. But next week I hope you all get a chance to look at the blog, I will try to make it nice. But, anyway, this week I will just share something brief that I learned from my study of the bible this morning.

 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

When I was studying this morning, I came across this scripture right after I read a quote that goes something like this. God does watch over us, but he usually ministers to our needs through someone else. I have found that so true in my life. I don't always see when God directly gets involved in my life or when he directly comforts me, but I remember a lot of times someone else has done that - either a missionary out here or maybe a friend at home.  I hope that all of you will recognize when God is comforting you through someone else or that you will be able to become a tool for God to comfort someone else. I know that God never leaves us alone, no matter how many mistakes we have made or how far we have moved from him. I know that He will help each of you in your individual struggles as often as you turn to him.

I love you all,

Elder Coleman

Monday, December 12, 2016


December 11, 2016

Hey everyone!

Big news! I am moving for the last time (probably) off to the most rural area in the mission! It definitely should be an adventure down there and I am excited to have a ball. So recently when I got the call to go down there I have been thinking about a lot of things. When I first heard the news, I was very excited because it is one of the hardest challenges in the mission, but then I worried because the last little bit of my mission probably will be very hard with not a lot of actual success (who knows, maybe we will do great). Anyway, as I have pondered this the thought that has kept coming to my mind was how much I already have been given. I have had the chance to be very successful in all of the areas that I have been to. I have had wonderful companions and learned so much from the missionaries around me. I have had two wonderful mission presidents. I have a lovely family at home who are healthy and happy. I have so many friends here and in America who support me and who make my life more entertaining. Even if the end of my mission is cold and discouraging, which I don't think it will be, how much do I have to be grateful for?

It reminds me of Job, a man who lost everything but the day he lost it all he said this:
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Sometimes I think about how many people would give anything to be able to be blessed with the things that I have. When we go through trials, we often ask why me? Why do I have to do this? Sometimes it would be wise to consider how many people have suffered so much more than us. This does not mean our trials are not important to God or that they are not easy, but during our trials, we should be careful not to charge God foolishly. Do not demand a perfect life without challenges. Do not demand immediate success or the ability to overcome trials. I am reminded of the great missionary, Paul, who said this in the midst of his trials.

 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I am so grateful for the gifts that have been given to me as a missionary and I am grateful for all of you and the things that you have helped me with. I hope that you and I can find more peace, security, and contentment in our trials. I know that the Lord Jesus Christ lives and that because of his sacrifice that we will remember this Christmas season. There is nothing, no permanent trial, that he cannot help us overcome. I am grateful that He has been so good to me and those that I love.

I love you all,

Elder Coleman