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Hi I'm Nathan

I live in Arizona with my wife and 3 kids. I am a small business owner.I enjoy sports and discovering through books. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona. My mom was diagnosed with cancer when I was young and she passed away when I was 12. My dad remarried and we were very fortunate with my dad's choice: an amazing step-mother who came with wonderful step-brothers and wonderful step-sisters. Combining families had its difficulties, but I learned a lot about myself and I feel that experience provided opportunities to work through difficult challenges with others. I attended college and received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in accounting. While attending college I had the opportunity to study abroad for several months in Israel, Egypt and Jordan. I've also had the opportunity to travel to Fiji, China, Europe, Canada and Mexico. I enjoyed learning about the cultures, religions and customs of the various places that I visited. After graduating, I worked for a large accounting firm in Washington DC where I worked in its mergers and acquisitions practice. I traveled a lot for work and I worked a lot. I had the desire to someday marry and have a family, but I felt that with all my travel for work that might be difficult to realize. I was around business owners all day and I found their handiwork of building businesses quite interesting. I purchased a small business that would allow me to have a family life if that opportunity presented itself. Ultimately, I found an amazing person to marry and now have 3 kids that keep us both pretty busy. We love our community, our friends and our family.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was living in Washington DC one of my roommates, who was not a Mormon, knocked on my door one night and asked if I had a moment to talk. In a very genuine, sincere way he asked me why I was a Mormon. He knew I was raised Mormon and he was familiar with some of our basic beliefs. I asked him why he was asking. He told me: "Nate, you seem like a smart, reasonable, logical guy. I wonder if in this area of your life you simply have accepted the beliefs of your heritage without giving it adequate thought or inquiry." I told him that I appreciated his sincerity and I appreciated that he thought highly enough of me to have this conversation. I explained to him that, in fact, I had thought about my religious beliefs and pursued a personal spiritual search to determine if what Mormonism purports is in fact true. These beliefs include: the reality that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He atoned for the sins of the world through his sacrifice, that Jesus Christ rose 3 days later from the garden tomb as a resurrected Being, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that the Bible is the word of God and that Joseph Smith and his successors are prophets like Moses. Through sincere thought and sincere prayer I feel that God answered my prayers as I considered whether these beliefs were true. We spoke about prayer. I told him that I felt my experiences with prayer were real and that I felt that I had felt simple confirmations in my mind and soul that God was there and that He was aware of me. We talked for awhile and as we ended our conversation he expressed a respect and appreciation for the reasons why I believe and why I am a Mormon. I believe today as I expressed to Steve some years ago. I feel as though I am still on a spiritual journey constantly learning and discovering aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that help me to better understand Christ and help me to hopefully better emulate Him as best I can in my life.

How I live my faith

I try to be a great husband, dad, son, brother, employer and neighbor by following the teachings of Jesus Christ. To me that means being patient, loving, kind, understanding and non-judgemental particularly when it is hard to capture those attributes because of situations or circumstances. I also try to tell my kids and family members I love them and more importantly I try to show them that I love them. I have coached an inner-city basketball team for at-risk youth. I feel that this gave me an opportunity to be a mentor to kids that did not have many positive role-models. Through our Church I have also had the opportunity to live my faith by serving others. This has included: assisting others with their finances, teaching classes that help others learn the Gospel and assisting our youth in scouting.