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Hi I'm Nate

I am a happily married father of 5 children. I love to ski. I'm an Endodontist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Brazil, Germany, and all over the U.S.A. My gorgeous and spunky wife and I are having the time of our lives together raising our family of 5 kids! We love to travel, snow ski, boat, read, and relax on the beach. As newlyweds, she graduated from college 1 year ahead of me and supported us through the first half of Dental School working in communications. Then when we had our first child, we were grateful to have a scholarship covering our remaining expenses. Our payback to the Army included a 3-year stint in Germany--we really loved living in and exploring Europe while serving in the US military. Now that we have settled down in the west into a practice and a mortgage, we find that raising our children together is life's big adventure. They each have their own lovable personality traits, enthusiasm for their own particular interests, and their hopes and dreams, and doubtless have God-given missions for them to discover and fulfill. We love to swim and ski, and worship, and travel together. I have enjoyed coaching little league baseball several seasons over the years for my two boys's teams and enjoy being an adult leader in the local Boy Scout unit. My wife is always active in volunteering with the kids several sporting and performance activities and is the joy and lifeblood of our family. I am starting to get into running and biking to keep the weight off. Together we enjoy entertaining, dining out, scuba diving, attending the theater, and TRAVELING!

Why I am a Mormon

My family has deep roots in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In fact, my wife and I both have ancestors who served together as part of the forward team that arrived in the Salt Lake Valley just ahead of Brigham Young's arrival. Her ancestors also include several prominent leaders in the church. But despite our deep roots in the faith, everyone is free to take it or leave it as they please. My parents were always very open in allowing me the room to explore other religions and to allow me to live as I pleased. I have found over time that I am most pleased to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. My assurance that Jesus lives and is my Savior is rooted in a myriad of childhood, young adult, and ongoing personal experiences that show me that we are not alone in this life and that Jesus walks with us through our life's twists and turns, our highs and our lows. Sadly, we lost my father to the dementia of Huntington's disease early in my life. In his well-meaning dementia, he kidnapped me and two of my older siblings when I was just five. We had several hair-raising adventures as we travelled cross-country, yet we were miraculously returned safely to my mother two months later. Single, with four young children, my mother found and married a wonderful 38 year-old, never-been-married, member of the church. I rolled and totaled his car at the age of sixteen--he just said, "Well, those things happen." His exemplary sacrifices for our little family continue to point me to Christ. I have the read the Book of Mormon many times and felt the Holy Spirit repeatedly confirm it's truth. Living the gospel taught in the LDS Church has brought me joy. The teachings in the Bible and the Book of Mormon urge me to live a life of honor and integrity and to reach out to seek the saving arms of Jesus Christ. Why do I choose to follow the gospel? Because I fully believe from experience that living the gospel of Jesus Christ is our Heavenly Father's perfect plan of happiness.

How I live my faith

I found gratitude to God early on in my life for the seemingly boundless kindness of my mother and father, and for the friendship of my other 5 siblings who were willing to forgive me for the various mean things that siblings do to each other, and for the many wonderful and happy experiences of life and friendships. That gratitude expanded as I served a mission for my church for two years in Brazil and I saw people change their lives for the better as they came to know Christ. It expanded further as my sweetheart, faced with the possibility that I might also be afflicted by Huntington's disease, like my biological father, decided to marry me anyway. My gratitude grew yet more years later when I tested negative for the disorder, and has continued to grown through the many kindnesses the Lord has shown me. That gratitude drives me to seek out God's will for me and to pursue it. It also drives me to esteem His commandments. I used to wonder after our first son was born whether I could possibly love another child as much as I loved him. I was shocked to find that I loved my second child, a daughter, every bit as much. Then I wondered whether that parental love would be limited to one son and one daughter. I was shocked to find that my love for our third child was no less. After five children, I have become thoroughly convinced that God loves each and every one of us with undiminished intensity despite our numbers in the billions. I try to live my faith by learning to love each one of His children as He does. I often fall short, but I try to be good to others around me whether that be my wife and children, my patients, my business partners, my co-workers, the kids from little league, or boys scouts in whose troop I serve as an adult scout leader or as a young men's lay youth minister at church. I also try to live my faith by obeying the laws of the land, paying tax, serving in the military, and by performing my civic duties to educate myself on issues and vote.