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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a Mormon. I am a 33-yr-old husband, father, and Family/Sports Medicine physician in the US Air Force.

About Me

I grew up mostly in the city of Kent, Washington (just south of Seattle), where my father worked for a high-end furniture company. You could say we were "poor"... my parents both worked multiple jobs to maintain a meager standard of living. I appreciate the lessons my parents taught me as a child, including honesty and hard work. But seeing how multiple jobs pulled my parents apart, and knowing I wanted to get married someday, my goal from a VERY young age was to get a good job so my wife to have the option to be a full-time mom. Kids need their mom. So I busted my tail in high school. After graduating as valedictorian and then serving a 2-year LDS mission, I went to BYU to study Chemistry and joined Air Force ROTC. My goal was to become a doctor in the military...something about this combination struck a very deep chord in me. I went on to Ohio State Univ. where I studied Medicine. I recently completed residency training in Family Medicine, and was lucky enough to be selected for a Sports Medicine Fellowship. After completing this year of training, my goal is to teach at a residency, helping train Family Medicine residents in their musculoskeletal exam and treatment skills. Indeed, I was blessed with a beautiful wife and now have three wonderful children, ages 8, 6, and 3. Besides spending time with my family, there is little I enjoy more than being outside enjoying nature. In particular, birdwatching has been a passion ever since I could walk.

Why I am a Mormon

To me, there are innumerable reasons why I am a Mormon. I was born and raised in this Church, which I consider a tremendous blessing, but that's not why I'm still here. The deepest reason that I am a Mormon is because of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is, like the Bible, another testament of Jesus Christ, God's son who came down to earth and provided the means for us to be saved from sin and death. I know that the Book of Mormon is God's Word, holy and pure, and was meant for us in our day. The Holy Ghost bears witness of this truth through the indescribable peace and joy that flood my heart when I read it sincerely, study it, and pray about it. It is true, and anyone who reads it sincerely and prays about it with an honest heart will know the same. God will bear witness of all truth to those who seek it and are prepared to receive the answer.

How I live my faith

I look to the scriptures for models after whom I can pattern my life. One of my all-time greatest heroes and role models is Captain Moroni, who was an incredibly courageous and faithful leader of the Nephite armies during a period of intense war. A description of him in Alma chapter 48 (see Book of Mormon) has been a blueprint for what I hope to become someday: And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, ... Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood." My priorities are clear. God first. Family second. Country third. Self fourth. While I have seen a few challenges, including a stillborn son, I know that I am richly blessed. I've spent significant time in Venezuela and Honduras, so I know the rest of the world is not like the U.S. I feel that part of why God blessed me so much was to see how much of it I would share with others. My wife and I share as much as we can with local and international humanitarian efforts through the LDS church as well as private charities. I know that "inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."