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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a youth basketball coach. I'm a medical device rep. I'm a fly fisherman...and I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as an active kid obsessed with sports. I literally played every sport imaginable. You see, I'm a competition junkie. I will compete at anything: pie eating contests, wrestling, running, golf, free throws, it doesn't matter. As a kid, I encountered some speed bumps along the way in regards to my health. I had really bad asthma growing up. But through great medical care, supportive parents, and a lot of exercise I grew out of it by age 12. At age 16 my mom forced me to get a biopsy on a strange-looking mole on my face. It turned out to be skin cancer. I had surgery at the University of Utah to remove the carcinoma and graft skin into the area. The doctors said I was one of the youngest skin cancer patients they'd ever seen. I was self-conscious about it for a while, but it never bothered me or stopped me from doing anything I wanted to. I went to college at Utah State and loved every minute of it...except for the studying part :) I met my wife in Chemistry class (how appropriate) one fall day. We didn't end up studying a lot, but we did go on some fun dates. We were married almost a year later. Now, I'm still just that sports-obsessed kid living in the real world of adulthood. I have 3 amazing kids who keep me moving. Luckily, they're all great students, awesome athletes, and genuinely good kids. Now my joy comes from watching them play. I sell medical devices for a living, which allows me to be in the operating room everyday. Living the dream.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in an LDS family, I had to make a conscious decision to become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My only regret is that I didn't do it earlier. I always had faith in God and believed the church was true, but I truly gained a sure knowledge of it when I was preparing to become a missionary. I spent two years as a missionary in Barcelona, Spain. The only thing I could say in Spanish before I left was "Jamon y queso" which means "ham and cheese." My friend taught me that. But through the gift of tongues and a lot of prayer, I was speaking Spanish fluently within 2 or 3 months. By the end of my mission I was actually getting questioned if I was from Spain or not. Being a missionary was the greatest experience of my life without a doubt. Being compelled to share my testimony and convictions with total strangers for two years totally strengthened my own beliefs and conviction to the Gospel. 6 months ago I got to travel back to Spain, exactly 15 years after I left. To my astonishment, I was able to re-connect and meet up with many people whom I had taught as a missionary 15 years ago. It was truly amazing to see how their lives had been blessed because of the gospel. And the coolest things was, they remembered me! It goes to show that you never know the impact of your friendships and relationships. I'm a Mormon because I have literally seen my life blessed and changed by the Lord. My life has been saved and spared by Heavenly Father for some purpose. I have seen miracles in my life and now the lives of my children. Being LDS gives me direction, hope, guidance, and friendships that help me live day to day.

How I live my faith

I'm in charge of the missionary efforts in our area. I get to work with the full-time missionaries. It also gives me the chance to teach people who are investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love it. I've also coached youth basketball and worked with the young men of the church for many years. We are surrounded by tons of amazing and spiritual young people.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Without our Savior Jesus Christ, we would not be able to overcome spiritual death or physical death. When we sin, we bring a sort of spiritual death upon ourselves. But through the gift of repentance, we can repent and be forgiven. That allows us to become clean and worthy to be with God. If not for Christ, our lives would end at death. There would be nothing else. No hope, no eternity. But because Jesus Christ was resurrected, we have all been given that gift also. We know that we will one day be resurrected in a perfect state to live forever with our families. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, if you live righteously and get sealed in the temple, your family can be together forever...even after this life. We will all be resurrected. Heavenly Father wants us to return to live with him eternally. That is our goal. Show more Show less