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Hi I'm Nathan

I am a college student, musician, avid basketball fan, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am going to be a Special Education teacher when I grow up. I was drawn to that field because my little sister has Downs Syndrome and has always been a wonderful influence to me, and I feel refreshed when I spend time with her and with other people with special needs. Music has been a part of my life since age 6 when I started violin lessons. That quickly switched to piano, a much less throwable instrument. Eventually I discovered that I actually liked it so I practiced more. It has become a way to express myself, stay busy, relax, contribute at church, and a source of income. Most sports are fun but basketball is the best - let's play! I was a missionary in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Shizuoka Prefecture. I met the most incredible people and had some amazing experiences there. I love Japan and want to go back ASAP.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up going to church with my family, like anyone I needed to question and verify my own faith. This has been an ongoing process. I first read The Book of Mormon on my own when i was a young teenager and I remember feeling peaceful and loved by God as I was reading it and also in answer to my prayers. I have felt this influence - we call it the Holy Ghost - often throughout my life, especially as I study and pray about the Gospel, and as I seek to become a better person and have my mistakes forgiven because of Jesus Christ. What the Gospel means to me is that I can always start fresh in life no matter what has happened previously. That gives me a great deal of motivation and optimism.

How I live my faith

My faith influences all aspects of my life - relationships with others, my inner sense of peace and morality, and my relationship with God. We don't live life in isolation, and I've learned so much from people that I meet through church - they've helped me a lot, directly and by example. Privately, I've been able to develop a personal relationship with God. I know that He exists and listens when I pray, that He loves and knows me individually and that He guides and comforts me when I need it, which is often!