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Hi I'm Nathan

I grew up all over the United States. I now enjoy being a Mormon and raising my young children as faithful Christians.

About Me

To the core, I am a family man. My wife and I have experienced both the joys and challenges of raising four young children. The fights and smiles, the messes and cuddles, the screaming and teaching, the roller-coaster of parenting is evident every day. Luckily I partner with both my wife and my faith in Christ to help me through. I grew up in a happy Mormon family. My father moved us to and from each coast and several places in between. At the age of 19, I served a mission for our church in Quebec, Canada. My service there brought me great joy. Serving the French speaking people of that province full-time for two years made me want to be a good, faithful man. From Quebec, I completed my schooling in the state of Idaho to become a teacher. At school I met my lovely wife Kim. Nine months later, we became a family of three. Then after fifteen months, then another fourteen months, and lastly 24 months came our the rest of our children. Oh, do we love having our hands so full! We now live in northern Utah where I work as a school administrator. Life continues to have its ups and downs, but the ups always outweigh the downs. We've recently experienced four miscarriages in a row, the last loss being twins, yet in our grief each time we've found peace in God's plan for us.

Why I am a Mormon

Some might say people like me who were born to active members of the church never really had much of a choice. Me, I look at it as a wonderful blessing God gave to me. Perhaps He knew that I'd be too stubborn to join the church if I first learned about it later in life. I don't know. But either way, growing up in the church allowed me to experience to sweet blessings it brings since childhood. As all must do, there came a point in time where I had to choose for myself. I knew in my mind what being a Mormon meant, but did I fully know it in my heart? As a late teenager during a particularly challenging time of life, that struggle could have easily taken me away to much less happy paths. It was in these dark times that I reached out to God, asking for strength and peace. Through time and trial, He answered me. He brought me that indescribable peace I had searched for. So, I decided soon thereafter to fulfill my duty and serve a full-time mission, and continue to take an active part in my faith with my future family and life to come. How can I even begin to list reasons for being a Mormon? Hopefully the way I live me life communicates these reasons better than a couple keystrokes at my computer. I can, however, conclude by firmly and resolutely stating that I know God lives. He has spoken to me through His Holy Spirit regularly. He has comforted me in my lows, rejoiced with me in my highs, and guided me to the happy life I live each day. I also know that this church is absolutely true. I have studied and prayed about Joseph Smith the prophet and the Book of Mormon he translated. They too are all they claim to be. I know this to be true through the only means one can use to obtain such knowledge, the Holy Spirit. I'm proud to tell all of my faith, for it is the very core of who I am.

How I live my faith

I try to live what it means to be a Mormon on the inside first, then the outside. I start each day in prayer and scripture study. I then have a family prayer with all the kids before we each breakfast together. When at work I try to live whatever I've been studying and praying about. Upon return, I role around on the ground my kids as they playfully attack me when I enter the door. After dinner and some family fun, we end each day reading scriptures together and kneeling in family prayer. These daily routines help me remember my faith; they help me try my best to be my best throughout the day. I've been lucky enough to serve in a variety of other ways outside my home. I've been a leader of several service organizations within our local branches of the church. There we visit the sick and elderly, working to care for their needs. We also help people move in or out or with other such projects. I've also been a Sunday school teacher for several years. My favorite such opportunity has been teaching the youth of the church. They are so energetic and witty yet sincere and desirous to know and live the truth. They are very inspiring to me. Wherever I'm asked to serve, I'll do it. I receive so much more than I give as I serve my neighbors and family.