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Hi I'm Nate

I'm married to my sweatheart and have five wonderful kids. I enjoy the outdoors. I love financial planning. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It is impossible to describe myself without first describing my relationship with my wife, Sarah. Her insights and guidance have blessed my life. For example, years ago when I was struggling to make a living for my family and she was busy with our young children, she encouraged me to spend evenings and weekends studying for a financial planning designation, which led to my current profession. Despite our busy schedules we take time to renew our relationship and can be found kayaking down a river, jogging on a trail, or watching an uplifting movie at home. We have been blessed with five wonderful children ranging from 4 to 15 years old. I try to be as involved as I can in the lives of our children and am currently the Scoutmaster for one of my son’s Scout Troop. But the fun outdoor activities aren’t just for my Scouts. One summer, after I took my Scouts on a rigorous 50 mile canoe trip on a very remote lake, we decided to take our family to the same lake the next summer. So off we went with all of the gear we could fit in two kayaks and two canoes spending a week together in the beautiful outdoors. Professionally, I am a financial planner. I love being a facilitator to help people identify and prioritize their most important financial goals. Then I give them sound financial advice to help them accomplish their goals. The satisfaction that I receive after a client has used their money as a resource to accomplish one of their life's goals is very rewarding.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the principles taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints make me happy. This happiness isn’t the fleeting kind of happiness that I get when my favorite sports team wins a game. Instead it’s a happiness that is deep and enduring. So what are the principles that make me happy? First, that I am a son of a living Father in Heaven who cares about me. I really believe that God is involved in the details of my life and gives me both blessings to enjoy and trials to grow. Just like I try to be involved in my children’s lives and want them to be happy, I have felt my Heavenly Father’s hand in my life. I feel blessed to receive His teachings as found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in teachings of modern-day prophets and apostles, and through promptings from the Holy Spirit. I know that I can communicate directly with Him and have felt his guidance in my life. Second, that Jesus Christ has paid for my sins and that as I repent that I don’t have to forever carry the guilt caused by my mistakes. I know of no way to get rid of this guilt except to change my behavior and rectify the things I have done wrong to the best of my ability, then pray for forgiveness of my sins. Then I really believe that I can rely on Christ’s loving sacrifice to wipe away my guilt. That brings peace into my heart along with love and appreciation for my literal Savior, Jesus Christ. Third, that my marriage with Sarah can last not just until “death do we part,” but forever. I am happy to know that the love that we share for each other and the memories that we make don’t have to end at death. Because we have been married and “sealed” together by an authorized servant of our Heavenly Father in His Holy Temple, our marriage is eternal. In addition, our children can be with us forever as well. That mindset gives us the perspective to work through short-term problems to realize the benefit of long-term family happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by taking time to slow down from the hectic pace of life to try connect with my Heavenly Father by having meaningful personal prayer each morning and evening. In those prayers, I try to recognize His hand in my life and thank Him for the blessings that He has given me and my family. I also ask for help in areas where I need it, either personally, with my family or at work. I talk to my Heavenly Father in prayer the same way that I would talk to a trusted friend. Then I try to keep my mind and heart open in order to receive guidance from Him. I also try to take time to read something in the Bible or Book of Mormon every day. I find that when I read the word of God, even if I don’t particularly feel like it, I can receive insights in how to deal with issues that I may be facing in life. During my 30 minute commute to or from work each day, I try to listen to one of the messages from our prophet, apostles or other church leaders. Their messages keep me grounded to what is right and true in our world of declining values. Taking time to spend with Sarah and our children is another way that I try to live my faith. There seems to be endless list of activities and events that our family can be involved in-- and many of them are very good. However, since we believe that marriage and family can be eternal, we try to give priority to scheduling family time each week. We try to have dinner together as much as possible, schedule fun family activities on the weekends, and take time to teach our children how to live God’s teachings. I am definitely a work in progress and am far from living my faith perfectly. However, just like a hiker who is climbing up a strenuous but beautiful mountain, I try to keep putting one foot in front of the other and recognize the progress that I have made instead of constantly getting discouraged with how far I have yet to go. That perspective gives me strength to keep going onto greater heights.