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Hi I'm Nathan

I live in Silicon Valley with my wife and 4 kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father of two daughter and two sons, and I love living in Silicon Valley. There is a spirit of innovation and achieving dreams here that is unique. I work for a data center company as a product marketing manager. When I can find spare time, I enjoy road biking, trail running, and learning to play the banjo.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who are strong in the faith and raised me in the faith. So for me the question is why I've continued to be actively engaged with our church. Over the course of my life, I've become increasingly convinced that following the teachings of Jesus Christ brings the greatest opportunity for personal happiness, strong families, and healthy communities. As I have tried to live my faith, and as I have seen others live our faith, I have seen a stable, calm strength start to form. Over time, that strength forms a foundation of faith that helps us get through the tough times and also have joy and happiness in the good times. I like the way it is explained in the Book of Mormon. In one chapter a comparison is made between planting a seed in a garden and learning to know that a particular way of living is the right way. "Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed ...it will begin to swell within your breasts and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." I have felt the enlightenment and the expanding of the soul that is mentioned above. That feeling of goodness and light is like a beacon showing me that I'm headed in the right direction.

How I live my faith

One important point about being a Mormon is that it is part of who I am and what I do every day. It more than just attending Church on Sunday. For example, each morning as a family we read from the Bible or the Book of Mormon as a way to remind ourselves and teach our children about who God is and what God wants us do to. We also pray together each day as a family and also spend one night a week as a family learning more about the Gospel and doing some kind of family bonding activity. In our local congregation I serve as the president of one of the men's groups. Each Sunday we spend about an hour specifically discussing how living the teaching of Jesus Christ helps us become better people, better husbands, better fathers, and better members of the community. I have come to enjoy the camaraderie our group has formed as we move forward together trying to do the best we can.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Just recently a cousin of mine who is a Mormon let me know that he is gay. For years he wrestled with how to reconcile his faith with other feelings he had. Ultimately he realized that he could not deny his faith nor the fact that he was gay. So he is learning to live with both. It is important to keep in mind that we believe that God is the father of the entire human race and loves all of his children. As a community of faith, we sincerely try to respect and love others because we believe they are literally our brothers and sisters. We believe that each person unique but, more importantly, that we all share the same infinite potential if we will follow the path God has outlined. That path includes what Mormons commonly call "the law of chastity". This essentially means that sexual relations are only appropriate between a man and a woman who are married. The law of chastity establishes the foundation for strong marriages and families and, as the Church teaches, tampering with or altering that foundation has already had and will continue to have a detrimental impact to individual people, families, and communities. So what about those who are gay? How do they fit into this whole plan? Honestly, at this point in my understanding it feels like puzzle pieces that don't quite fit. I believe some day I'll better understand. But in the mean time I'll watch my cousin as he shows me that there is a way to hold on to faith and be gay. Show more Show less