Hi I'm Nate
I've seen lots of crazy things in this world, but the Gospel is what makes sense.
I am an orchestra conductor and higher education administrator. I love to travel, and love a good meal accompanied by stimulating conversation. I speak Cantonese and Mandarin, and can at least ask for directions in Italian. I am married to a violinist and we have a little boy.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I know Jesus Christ died for my sins. I am a Mormon because I know Joseph Smith saw and spoke with Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. And I know all of these things through the Holy Ghost. It's a sensation that cannot be faked, or duplicated in any way, but you "feel" the Spirit telling you what is true and what is false. In the Old Testament this sensation is referred to as the "still, small voice." If you've ever seen the Robert Zemeckis film "Contact," you will have an idea of what I'm talking about. Jodie Foster's character had experienced certain things that could not be scientifically verified, but she knew she experienced them. I know that's Hollywood, just a movie. Joseph Smith said it better than I could. While his experiences were very different than mine, his sentiments echo my own: "However, it was nevertheless a fact that I had beheld a vision. I have thought since, that I felt much like Paul, when he made his defense before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he saw a light, and heard a voice; but still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was mad; and he was ridiculed and reviled. But all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the persecution under heaven could not make it otherwise; and though they should persecute him unto death, yet he knew, and would know to his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking unto him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise. "So it was with me. I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true."
How I live my faith
I'm involved with both the Boy Scout Troop chartered by my ward, as well as the church's own young men's organization. I do my best to help these boys learn more about their options in life, and to help them develop self-confidence, and faith in both themselves and in the Lord. The teenage years are rough for everyone--I well remember I had my ups and downs during that time. Young people begin to assert their own individuality, and they rightly begin to question their upbringing. I feel my role is to help guide young men through this difficult time, so they can learn to make wise decisions on their own.