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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a husband, father, and accounting professor. I love photography, traveling, and the great outdoors. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an accounting professor at Texas State University, so my family and I live in Austin, TX. My wife and I have one beautiful fireball of a daughter, Maisy, and one rambunctious boy, Quincy, who keeps us on our toes. I enjoy staying active and take pleasure in mixing my passion for the outdoors with my love for traveling and photography.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the things I love about the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is how much sense they make to me. All the various puzzle pieces seem to fit just right, and it provides answers to many of life's most challenging questions. It satisfies my intellectual need for logic and order. As a severely left-brained accountant, these things are all important to me. But none of these intellectual pursuits, however nice, can fully explain why I believe. A testimony cannot be solely intellectually derived, and it's dangerous to think that it can. It requires an open mind and an open heart, and a willingness to seek guidance from a higher power. A testimony is a gift from God, given to those who ask with a humble, teachable heart. Unlike some others, this belief hasn't come to me in any one singular, profound moment. My testimony has instead come through a subtle accumulation of thousands of spiritual nudges from a loving Heavenly Father. It's the way I feel when I read and study from the Bible and Book of Mormon and pray each night. It's the warm, comforting feeling I get when attending church services with my wife each week. It's the way I feel whenever I get the opportunity to teach these truths to those around me. And ultimately, its comes from a recognition of the immense amount of peace and joy that living the gospel consistently brings to my life. The accumulation of all these feelings have helped to confirm in my heart what my need for logic already believed!

How I live my faith

I love the sense of community that being a member of this church provides, and I have loved serving in the church alongside other imperfect people who are all also trying their best. Serving others has consistently proven itself to be one of the greatest ways for me to stop wallowing in my own problems. I think that is one of the great secrets to achieving happiness in this life.