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Hi I'm Nels

I love life and my Otter! =) She's my world!

About Me

I am a college student (UofU), & spend my free time climbing mountains, nordic skiing, telemark skiing, rock-climbing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, & whitewater canoeing (you get the picture). I served in Alaska, & am currently no longer waiting on a lovely hermana serving in California---cuz she's HOME!! WOOT WOOT!! :D I've been studying hard and planning lots of trips together and now we get to go do them!! What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful? I think a lot about my future family. I think it's critical to support your spouse's dreams & aspirations. Also sincere service, but sometimes I get stuck cuz I'm not sure quite how. Too often, I get to thinking I can only act when I know how it will turn out or what it will accomplish; I need inspiration or direction so I can serve. That mentality can keep me from acting as I wait for those directions & assurances. But really, how often do we actually know the end from the start? I had only thoughts of rolling kayaks when I walked into the HYPR that fateful day, & I stumbled into something--someone--much much more :) And so I've come to suspect it's more important you are serving than how specifically. If you see a need, fill it. Keep your eyes open, take action, have hope, don't weary of well doing, and remember: you're not the only one serving, it's not a competition, you can work together--and working together is a great joy. That's what the gospel is all about, building joy together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up believing in...well I guess I'd get termed agnostic. I certainly didn't spend sundays on a bench (unless that bench was attached to a cable being hoisted up a mountain). A few years ago, when faced with life decisions, a friend of mine suggested praying for direction. Dumb solution, right? But it got me thinking, and I realized I had a lot of questions. Over the next four months, on my own, I read the Book of Mormon, and spent the next while asking a TON of questions (still am). Eventually through heartfelt and sincere (you guessed it) prayer, I felt the Spirit confirm to me that not only was there a God, but that He knew, loved, and cared about me and my family. With another year of careful study, discussion with my family, and immersing myself in the doctrine of the church and the scriptures, I was baptized in City Creek (not the mall, the river) and given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Some of the purest comfort and peace I have felt has come through my faith, and I have felt truly at home in this church, and I believe that this is where the essence of peace and hope and comfort and healing resides, and for that it is worth sharing. If you had told me I'd be in Alaska serving a mission for Jesus Christ five years ago, I'd probably have told you to jump in a lake (a cold lake. though the Alaska part I'd probably have believed), but I couldn't be happier with where I'm at and the life I lead, and look forward to all there is to come, come what may. There is pretty good snow the rest of the week too ;)

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying hard at school and writing a lot of letters instead of giving hugs and kisses ;) really though, serving missions and supporting others on their missions is a great act of faith. While not always easy, when you see the fruits of missionary service you'd be selfish not to try your best in your own efforts as well as supporting others with their missions. I love my family, I love my girlfriend, and I enjoy living life best as I can! What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live? We live life to the fullest!! :D well, some of us do. Everyone is entitled to living how they want, there is no "mormon lifestyle" (even if there are some unifying things we do, like go to church on the sabbath, which is usually sundays). I prefer to live as much outdoors and out adventuring with my delightful girlfriend as much as I can, others like to stay home and do stuff there on their own, and thats fine. Ok, so we don't drink, and some may swear that it's not possible to live life to the fullest without alcohol, but hey, while those folks are recovering from friday night I'm getting an alpine start climbing a peak. The point of existence is for everyone to be happy, so helping others in their circumstances and enjoying your life too is all part of it.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Nels
We live life to the fullest!! :D well, some of us do. Everyone is entitled to living how they want, there is no "mormon lifestyle" (even if there are some unifying things we do, like go to church on the sabbath, which is usually sundays). I prefer to live as much outdoors and out adventuring with my delightful girlfriend as much as I can, others like to stay home and do stuff there on their own, and thats fine. Ok, so we don't drink, and some may swear that it's not possible to live life to the fullest without alcohol, but hey, while those folks are recovering from friday night I'm getting an alpine start climbing a peak. The point of existence is for everyone to be happy, so helping others in their circumstances and enjoying your life too is all part of it. Show more Show less