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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a full-time student, full-time employee, and full-time husband and father of three boys. I enjoy life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being outdoors, and being in Colorado gives me a lot of opportunities to be outside. I try to get out into the mountains as often as possible. I love mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, sledding, spelunking, building snow caves, rock climbing, rappelling, etc. I have to put most of that on hold for a while I’m in graduate school, working, and trying to help my wife at home while still being there for my three young sons. We do a lot of family bike rides, picnics, walks, and stay a lot closer to home now that my time is more limited, but we still have a lot of fun outdoors. We have a big garden and I love to eat all of the fresh produce, although I’m not a huge fan of weeding such a large area. I love being a dad. Holding my sons in my arms while they fall asleep, or playing “daddy monster” in the basement while they all attack me with plastic swords, or just talking to them about how they are doing, it’s all great. I try to work really hard and my wife and I both do without a lot of luxuries so that she can stay home with our sons and be a mom. I am so happy that she loves to be with them, teach them, and love them. I’m glad that we both have similar goals and we can help each other work towards achieving them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because I believe that God communicates with His children on earth, and I believe He has communicated with me through my prayers. I am a very logical and cynical person. When I think about any of God’s dealings with His children, they don’t seem logical at first glance. From God creating the world and everything in it in 6 days, to creating man, to creating woman from man’s rib, to flooding the entire earth and having everything die except what Noah brought on the ark, to having Abraham sacrifice his only son and then sending an angel to save him at the last second, to having Moses free the Israelites from Egypt through miraculous ways, speak to him through a burning bush, and then write commandments to the Israelites on stone tablets, to sending His only son to earth to be born in poverty, allow Himself to be brutalized and killed in such a horrible way, and then rise again in order to save us all from our sins if we will just repent and follow Him, to talking to a 14 year old boy with a 3rd grade education in a small town in rural New York State, to answering the prayers of me, an average, inconsequential man; none of it seems possible. It seems like it is all just a fairy tale. The strange thing is, He does answer our prayers. When I asked if this church was true, having a sincere desire to know the truth, God answered my prayer. I know that if He will answer my prayer, He will answer anybody’s prayer. When I was a missionary, I asked the people of Kenya and Uganda to try asking God questions in order to be led to truth and their prayers were answered in the same way mine were. I have encouraged my family and friends to ask God the same questions and their prayers were answered in the same way. I know that even though God works in mysterious ways, and most of the miraculous things that He does seem more fantasy than reality, He has made it possible for us to know that He is real. His church helps me to be truly happy.

How I live my faith

I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America and working with the youth of the church for a major portion of my life. I love working with the youth. It takes a lot of time, but I know that I received a lot of help from people when I was young and I appreciate the service they gave to me. I am glad that I have had an opportunity to give back in that capacity. Right now I am working with the one and two year old children. I love working with the nursery children. They are a lot of fun. The church gives me a lot of opportunities to serve other people, become more selfless, and focus on the things in life that are really important. I am able to visit people in our congregation and share spiritual messages with them, visit the elderly at nursing homes, and visit people in hospitals. I probably wouldn’t force myself to do these acts of service on my own, and I’m glad that the Church gives me ample opportunities to serve.