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Hi I'm Nate

I've reffed and played soccer all my life. I'm a policeman. I have a wonderful wife and two lively kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Provo, Utah, where my dad was a nutrition professor. I finished high school and went to a year of college before serving a mission in Bahia Blanca. Upon returning, I continued working on my bachelor's degree in political science. I worked various jobs, including janitor, food deliverer, sandwich maker, and maintenance worker. While doing an internship in Washington, DC for the House Committee on Ways and Means, I met my wife, who was doing an internship with a nonprofit organization. We were married in Denver in 2006. I finished my degree and began working for Sears as a Home Improvement Manager. After doing that for close to three years, I entered a police academy. Once that was over, I found a position with a small agency and have been there ever since. I have played soccer ever since I was four. I became interested in being a goalie when I was eight, which other players were grateful for (because it meant they wouldn't have to do it). I've taken my fair share of rocket-shots to the face. I got interested in reffing when I was about 14 and have done that ever since. I love keeping up on current events and knowing what's going on in the world. There's rarely much free time in my life with two kids to take care of, but I try to keep up to date by reading articles from different newspapers.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus gave us the perfect example to live. Following Him the best we can is the only way to find true happiness. I was born into a family that belonged to the Church. Growing up, most all my friends were Mormon. I always felt comfortable with the teachings of the Church. One day, I felt a strong impression to find out for myself if what my family and Church teachers had always taught me was completely true or if was nice but not the right path to follow. Sometime in my early teenage years, I was taken with a school group to a church of Eastern origin. I remember looking around and seeing things, even picking up one of their books and perusing through it. The thought that came to my mind was, "This is all completely different to me. How do I know if this isn't what's true?" I thought that if I were to choose to follow the precepts of that church, it would likely come as a surprise to my family and friends. But if it was true, how could I not accept it? I decided to be more rigorous in my scripture study and in personal prayer. I paid closer attention at church meetings. I wouldn't say there was one defining moment when I knew for sure. It was a gradual process. Things made sense to me. I started to understand important doctrine. There did come a time years later when it occurred to me that I never had actually knelt in prayer and sincerely asked if the doctrine of the LDS Church was true. The distinct impression that came to me as I asked that question was, "You already know it's true." From that time, my faith has continued to grow. People have occasionally challenged me. They usually say something like, "I respect your beliefs and your dedication, but..." and they'll mention something they think is ridiculous about my beliefs. I look at so many I have seen that don't live their lives the way our Church teaches. Too often, they meet tragedy in their lives because of it. Living the Gospel of Christ helps me avoid much of that.

How I live my faith

Since I was a youth, I have gone out and done 'home teaching'. That's a program where two Priesthood members ages 14-100+ go out to talk to families of the Church in their home to see how they're doing and to share a brief spiritual message. Home teachers also help them through service projects like helping move, cleaning, babysitting, giving rides, mowing lawns, etc. It just seems like, if this program were instituted throughout this world, people would be much better off. It's been reassuring when I've had home teachers visit my home, and it's fulfilling to go out to check on people and encourage them. While home teaching is something that Priesthood holders do all their lives, we also get callings that change from time to time. Currently I'm the Assistant Ward Clerk in charge of finance. Members of the Church pay tithing and other offerings, and I help keep track of those things. None of it goes to pay our Bishop, his counselors, or others. The money is sent to Salt Lake, which then distributes it out to church units according to their needs. This prevents members in an affluent area from having loads of money for activities and such while members in poor areas wouldn't have the same privilege. Money is given to help those in need by paying rent, paying for utility bills, giving them food, and other things. All of it is strictly accounted for. And by the way, I don't get paid either. I try to live my faith every day in the way I act. I try to be kind to people and follow the Golden Rule. I serve where I can and strive to be the best dad and husband I can be.