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Hi I'm Nate

I grew up in Northern California. My whole life revolves around my church and my involvement in sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Nate, and I am 19 years old. I am the third of five children with 3 brothers and 1 sister. My sister who is the youngest was adopted from the Republic of Georgia and is such a huge blessing in my life. I am very involved in sports and participated in Track and Field and Basketball in high school. I have been at Brigham Young University for the past year and had one of the greatest years of my life. It truly is the Lord's university with the many great examples that fill the beautiful campus and the Spirit that is always present, no matter what day of the week it is. I am a week and a half away from reporting on my mission to Serve my Heavenly Father and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Guatemala. I am incredibly excited to share with the people of Guatemala the Gospel that has brought me and my family such great joy and happiness in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I was born into this church and was fortunate enough to have two baptized parents and a completely active immediate family. However, it is not the peer pressure of everybody else in my family being in the Church that has caused me to remain a member. I truly love this Gospel, and the people in it. Obviously, high school is a place for a person to really find themselves to begin to think about the future. As a student growing up in Northern California, I was not surrounded by many members that shared my same standards. However, I was able to understand the importance of the instructions and direction I had received in my life. I continue to follow this gospel not because the rest of my family does, not because I want to be unique in an area that doesn't have many members, but because this is the true church of our Heavenly Father. I have been blessed so much by this Gospel and am so grateful for the examples that I have in my life. I am grateful for the many experiences that I have had as a member of this church and for the testimony that I have. I do without a doubt in my mind, know that this is the true Church. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and restored the Gospel back on the Earth. I know that we have a living prophet to this day in Thomas S. Monson who receives revelation from our Heavenly Father and provides the members of the Church with direction and instructions from our Heavenly Father. I have a testimony of the scriptures, and I know that the Book of Mormon and Bible go hand in hand in helping the children of God to have direction in our lives. I know that families can be together forever and am so grateful for the family that I have and the opportunity we all have to be with them for eternity.

How I live my faith

Growing up in Northern California, there always wasn't a great amount of members of the Mormon church in the youth program. Therefore, I usually was the only boy my age growing up in my ward. This allowed me to become very close to the age just younger then me and was taught so much through the example of the younger members of our Church. However, I was blessed to have so many different leaders who were truly called of God and who helped me a great amount in my spiritual growth. While at BYU this last semester, I was fortunate enough to conduct a program with our congregation that allowed everyone to get to know each other and to become familiar with the many different talents and personalities that were present. Social gatherings are a very important part of this Church and allowing for people to comfortably get to know each other made the spirit so strong and allowed me to feel the love of everybody I was surrounded by.