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Hi I'm Nathan

I live in Arizona and enjoy being a father. I've been married for 21 years and have two beautiful daughters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Colorado, I developed a love for all things outdoor began. I love camping, backpacking and riding motorcycles. I can track the different chapters in my life by the motorcycles that I've owned. Each one has a story and explains a little about where I was at that time in my life. I've owned everything from a 70cc minibike to a 1150cc full dress touring bike. That has always been a constant in my life. Even after I got married and started having children of my own. I have always found time to enjoy a little riding from time to time. One of my other interests is repairing and working on anything mechanical. Being able to replace a set of brakes or swapping out the suspension on my car is really rewarding too. I guess that comes from the satifaction of know that I didn't have to pay someone else to do the work. When I'm not working on something with a throttle cable, I work in the IT industry as a data analyst. I don't fit the typical mold, but that's why I like it. Given the choice between the two, I'd take working on a dirtbike any day though.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon faith. Even at a very young age, living the gospel was part of my identity. As a teenager, I really struggled with my identity and always looked for ways to stand out from others. That didn't always work out to my advantage. I made some foolish decisions, but remained active at Church. After a year of college, many of my Mormon friends began leaving on missions. I wasn't committed to go because I felt like I wasn't the type. I loved music, motocross and anything outdoors. After my second semester of college at BYU, I had a change of heart. I knew that serving God for two years would change lives. What I didn't know was that my life was the one that would change forever. That experience changed my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ has given me direction and purpose. It opened the door for me to serve others and to understand my relationship to God and His son. I'm a Mormon because I know that it's true. There wasn't one event that occurred, but a series of seemingly small moments in my life that have given me that knowledge. It has come from reading the scriptures, or teaching a class of 8 year olds about the princilple of forgiveness, or having family praryer each night. During those times, I have a happiness and assurance that I am a child of God and that he loves me and wants me to succeed. Sure it's not all roses, but I know that without God's help, I couldn't have become the man that I am today. Perhaps the greatest joy in this life has been watching my children embrace the same principles that I was raised with. Sometimes I think they understand better than I do. Being a mormon is much more than just attending church on Sunday, it's about aligning "my will" with the God's will. It's about living my life in accordance to his commandments and proving my resolve to be like him.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have served in many different positions in the Church. Each one has been a challenge, but also a learning opportunity. I work with the 7 and 8 year children each Sunday as a teacher. It's a challenge because each child has a unique personality. I sometimes feel like I'm trying to herd cats, but seeing them learn about sacred things is amazing. When the children become eight years old, they can be baptized. I have attended every one of them that has occurred. This is perhaps the greatest gift of all beause I get to experience the gospel in action. I get to watch these young people make covenants with God that will last forever. Each week when I teach, I get to study the basic pricinples of the gospel and then try and help the children to understand them. To be honest, they teach me as much as I teach them. I have more flaws than I care to admit to, but one thing that I have learned over the course of my life is that there is always room for improvement. My faith isn't something that I earned once and have stored on a shelf at home. It's about taking as many opportunities to serve others as I can. I measure my faith by what I am willing to give back to my Father in Heaven. He has blessed my life in so many ways. Giving back service via a calling at church or helping a neighbor for me is how I live my faith. Funny thing is, even though I know what to do, it doesn't always mean I always do it. Just like anything in life, I have to recommit myself everyday so that I don't stop my progression.