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Hi I'm Nate

Living the gospel brings so much happiness!

About Me

I am a husband, American history buff, father, lawyer and lover of ice cream. I enjoy wrestling with my kids, shooting baskets, mowing the lawn, reading good books, fly fishing, jogging and eating my wife's homemade lasagna.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My mother and father - both active members - taught me and my brothers and sisters the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. My parents encouraged me to develop my talents, to treat others the way I would like to be treated, to enjoy life and to learn the value of hard work. They created an environment where truth was taught but where individual agency was respected. As I grew, I was given opportunities to prove the truths that were taught. My parents taught me that I was a child of God, that God loved me and that God would confirm truth to me if I exercised faith to "try-out" the gospel in my life. I did so, and over a period of many years, and through a process of trial and error, I began to experience the consequences of living the gospel as well as the consequences of not living the gospel. I began to understand that living the gospel produced goodness in my life, hope for the future and a sense of peace, and that choosing not to live the gospel produced sadness, discouragement and discontent in my heart. I know that the teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ are true because I have tasted the fruit, which is sweet to the soul.

How I live my faith

Jesus taught, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matt. 7:20). Evaluating the "fruits" of something should be an important part of our determining whether that thing is true or good or right. If something produces good fruit, then, according to Christ's own terms, it must be good. I have found that living my faith produces good fruit in my life. It has helped me find purpose in my life and joy in my circumstances. It has helped me cherish my relationships with my wife, children and extended family. It has helped me come to know God more and feel closer to him. It has helped me find answers to my prayers. Living my faith is a daily endeavor that includes personal and family prayer, studying the scriptures, giving service in the home and in my community, attending Sunday worship services, abstaining from substances that could harm my physical body and make it difficult for me to make good choices, and trying to keep my thoughts virtuous. As I try to live my faith in these ways, I find that my life is filled with good fruit.