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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of eight children, recently a husband, soon a father, a law student, a history nerd, a book worm, and an ice cream maker. I grew up in many places – Utah, Arizona, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Brazil, and Pennsylvania. I was recently married in the Palmyra Temple on July 17th – the best day of my life. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our son at the end of November. I am now a third year law student, eager to finish school and begin work in the area of international business law. I enjoy playing sports, trying foreign food, travel and cultures, word games, scripture and gospel study, reading the classics, exercise, watching movies, and cooking/baking.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, but I needed to be converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ for myself and not just because my parents told me to go to church. The guidance and testimonies of others have definitely helped me, but I am a Mormon because I asked God in prayer if this is the correct path for me. I have had many experiences that have only reinforced that conviction. I also am Mormon because it makes sense to me on an intellectual and logical level. I have studied the principles of the Restored Gospel in the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon and seen them come together like a great tapestry of God’s plan for his children. So many people do not think that Mormons are not Christians. That is simply not the case. I am a Mormon BECAUSE I am Christian. I have studied the teachings of other religions and have found many compelling and truthful precepts among them. My father once compared religion and the many churches to pianos. Every piano has 88 keys. Imagine God’s plan for His children as a complete set of those 88 piano keys. Many other religions have portions of those keys – some 55, some 67, and others 39, etc. The “pianos” of those religions can play beautiful music with the truth that they have, and that music can resonate with the souls of their adherents. However, it is only with the full 88 keys of truth that a musical piece has its full potential available. I believe that only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can one find all 88 keys of the truth, principles, and ordinances necessary for salvation. It has the same organization of apostles and prophets that Christ established during his ministry. This Church has the same authority, the same Spirit, and has Christ at its center.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to improve each day and by keeping Christ in the forefront of my mind as I interact with others around me. I try to live “after the manner of happiness” by keeping the commandments of God, working hard to be productive, seeking learning and understanding of the world, taking time for personal worship and meditation, keeping family and friends close, and preparing for the future. We are here in this life that we might have joy in our mortal experience. I find joy as I seek after anything that is “virtuous, lovely, or of good report.” In a world where entertainment or escape from reality is so prevalent, worship of God can take a back seat for those who do not make it a priority. Striving for a balanced life is not always easy because life can get hectic, but going to Church, reading the scriptures, and attending the temple help put things in an eternal perspective for me. I also live my faith by trying to live up to the responsibilities of being a good husband, a good Christian, a good employee, and a good citizen. I oftentimes have to remind myself that there are things in life that I cannot control. I can only control how I treat others, my effort level in my endeavors, and how strong my relationship is with God. I thank Him for the things that I can control and work on, and rely on Him for the things that I cannot do alone.