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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a teacher, an historian, a husband and a dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a middle school teacher and part-time college instructor born as a military brat in Germany. I did most of my growing up in Colorado after stints in three other states. I am married with three children 8 and under. I'm a novice woodworker, I love music ranging from the blues to classical to Latin, and I love researching, blogging and writing about Mormon History.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised Mormon, which gave me a deep background knowledge of the Church and its teachings, I feel I've always had a choice to believe or not believe. I feel such a sense of God's love for me when I contemplate how the Church has blessed my life. To know that, despite my failings, I can improve myself each day through repentance and reliance on the Atonement of Christ, offers me immense hope and a sense of perspective that what I can experience with my senses is only part of the whole picture. Who I am is much more than what's visible on the surface; as a child of God I have eternal potential that transcends my imperfections. I continue to believe because I see evidence of God's love every day, in every aspect of my life. Even the trials and difficulties through which I pass.

How I live my faith

I live in a congregation that has a relatively small geographic area, so it's nice to be neighbors with the people I attend church with. I live my faith by serving as a building scheduler, so congregations and individuals contact me to reserve the use of local church facilities. I also visit several families each month as a home teacher, in which I share a brief gospel message and assess the spiritual and physical needs of each family. I then report to my local church leaders about how the families are doing, working with leaders to help the family resolve any challenges they may be facing. In my workplace most people know I'm a Mormon, so I also strive to always be a good example of what we believe. I don't wear my religion on my sleeve, or shove it in people's faces, but I try to live what we preach. Sure, I'm far from perfect--but I'm trying to be like Jesus, and doing the best I can. I believe that's all He asks of us: to do the best we can. I've often been surprised at just how good my "best" really is, especially when I rely on the Lord.