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Hi I'm Nelson

I'm a Mormon. I am a pediatrician, scoutmaster and father of five.

About Me

I grew up in a large family with 6 siblings. My Dad grew up in coal mining camps, served and retired from the military and later went back to college and then was a teacher until he retired from teaching. I was very lucky to go to college and then medical school. My wife and I have 5 great kids. My main interests outside of work and church are the Boy Scouts, I am one of the assistant scoutmasters and my oldest sons has almost earned his Eagle Scout award. I like hiking, last summer I hiked 50 miles on the Appalachian trail with a group of scouts. I like to build things and work with wood.

Why I am a Mormon

I prayed and God answered my prayers, I know the gospel as taught in the Church is true. My parents joined the church before I can remember, so I grew up in the church. Since I was a child I felt good about church, when I was baptized at 8 years old it was a great experience and I felt it was right. Later as a missionary I prayed more intently and specifically about what I was learning and teaching. God answered my prayers with a strong confirmatory feeling. Now as a husband and father when I live the gospel I feel blessed and secure. The teachings of Jesus Christ provide a foundation that provide peace, joy and hope.

How I live my faith

I am a youth leader, my responsibility is over the young men and the scouting program. I teach a class for the 16-18 year old young men on Sundays and help organize scouting activities on Wednesdays. We try to have a campout each month with a few high adventure trips each year. The campouts and other activities are structured to gain skills, build confidence and help bring us closer to Christ. I also try to live my faith by trying to be a good husband and father. One way is by having regular prayer and teaching opportunities in the family.