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Hi I'm Nils

I'm a husband, father, former missionary, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, U.S. diplomat, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father to a beautiful 1 1/2 year-old daughter, and expectant father of a son in early 2012. I'm a world traveler, having visited more than 40 countries (and counting). I'm a serial expatriate, having lived in five different countries now (and counting). I've been a Mormon missionary (Novosibirsk, Russia), a Peace Corps Volunteer (Romania), and a U.S. Diplomat in Colombia.

Why I am a Mormon

While both my father (Mormon) and mother (Episcopalian) came from families with strong religious traditions, as I child I was raised in a primarily non-religious environment. It wasn't until my late teens that I "converted" to Mormonism, though rather unexpectedly. I never saw myself as the type who was searching for truth. Perhaps that comes from the fact that I wasn't even sure I believed in God, and I saw the searchers as those who were already decidedly religious, and seeking the right path to take. But I was constantly asking questions, trying to make sense out of life. I later realized that this indeed was a type of searching - one that led me to the most meaningful truth I have ever known. For more than twelve years now I have dedicated myself to deepening my understanding of God. I have come to know that He does indeed exist. More importantly, He has a very well organized plan for us that allows us to reach the maximum of our potential.

How I live my faith

Mormonism isn't just a belief in God. Nor is it a set of traditions and rituals. It isn't even just the basis for a social unit. It is a complete way of life. Everything I do - whether it be my own personal development, my family roles, my career, or my callings in the Church - are elements of one great whole that is our effort to follow in the footsteps of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The goal in life becomes constant progression - the reason for which God has placed us on this earth. Everything we do, say, or even think, can either bring us closer to Him, or bar our progression.