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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Nate. I'm a family man, a man of faith, and a scientist. I'm a Mormon. I find joy in the simple things of life. In being a father, a husband, brother, son. I love the desert and the rugged mountains. Nothing clears my mind like the turbulent flow of wind in my hair or cold river water around my feet. I find the joy that comes from my boy's smile uncontainable. I love to learn. A lot about myself is explained by that fact; for instance, my choice to become a statistician. I spend my days at work designing experiments or looking at data to learn about noisy processes, such as production or the underlying causes of disease. Then I go home and think about doing the dishes, getting the baby to go to sleep, giving my wife a footrub, and if I'm lucky where I'll go camping or fishing when summer rolls around. I want to help make the world a better place. I have been given a great deal and I want to pay it forward. I hope to do this by being employed in a way that adds value to the economy and will promote a better world for those who follow. For this same purpose I try to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, to raise children to be problem solvers, self reliant, open minded, and have strong moral backbone.

Why I am a Mormon

Although it is true that I was raised as a Mormon, the reason I am still a Mormon today is because I know that the Book of Mormon, like the Bible, contains the word of God. Because I know this one thing, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God just as Peter was an apostle called of God or as Moses was a prophet called of God. This means a great deal to me because it shows that God still speaks to us today as he has spoken in the past.

How I live my faith

For the most part, I live my faith by allowing my faith to define how I live. I try to do this by making choices that our Savior would make were he in my situation (conceding that I get in alot of situations that I'm sure he would never get into). I am aware, sometimes painfully so, that I am imperfect. I have done hurtfull things and there have been times when I have realized that my actions are hypocritical in some way. I have my share of scarred memories and regrets. But, I know this: that repentance through our Savior's atonement works. I often hear people remark that people don't change. For me change has been possible because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice. When I think of all of the ways I need to be better, I am overwhelmed. I have found that if I can just take life one day - one choice at a time - that every time I choose to act in the way I understand our Savior would act is either rewarding or instructive to myself - helping me to grow closer in understanding and thanksgiving to Him.