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Hi I'm Nadine

I am a geology professor who likes to run, rock climb, ski and ascend mountains. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am 42, single, and a professor of geology. I knew I wanted to get a PhD as soon as I learned what a PhD was (maybe 8 or 9 years old)... I just had no idea what I wanted to get a PhD in. I love being outdoors and in college I learned how to rock climb, navigate rivers in boats and back country ski. I also took my first geology class and was hooked. I was fascinated by all of the processes that shape the landscape I love playing in. I wanted to learn how the mountains I climb were created. Because I am a scientist, I am completely comfortable with knowing the Earth is 4.54 billion years old, life in its most simple form began soon (in geologic time) after and has evolved into the myriad of complex, beautiful life forms that surround us today. I am also completely confident in God as our creator and see no contradiction between those 2 statements. I am simply intrigued by the details.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it is true. Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. He translated the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a history of people who lived on the American continents. They may not have been the first people, or the only people living in the Americas, but these people knew about Christ, taught about Christ prophesied of his birth, death and resurrection and saw the resurrected Christ. They wrote down their prophesies, teachings and experiences and the critical, important, timeless parts of these were compiled into the Book of Mormon. I know what these people wrote is true in that they are the true teachings of Christ and following these teachings will bring me closer to Christ. At the end of the day, that is what I want to be. It is where I want to be. I want to be the woman that Christ sees that I can be.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith? imperfectly. A better question for me is how my faith impacts my life. Who I am is a result of the grace of Jesus Christ. I am the sum of the spiritual, intellectual and emotional help he has given me to surmount seemingly insurmountable challenges. Sometimes I get a glimpse of the person I would be without Christ in my life and I do not want to be that person. I want to be kinder, more patient, less angry, more helpful, less selfish. It is through Christ that I have the power to forgive and be forgiven. President James E. Faust said "so much trouble in this world is encapsulated in the phrase "what is in it for me?" Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gets me out of myself and provides opportunities for me to serve my brothers and sisters and experience the joy that gives me.