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Hi I'm Tate

My heart is in the Fiji Islands. I scuba dive and ride motorcycles, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Having a motorcycle and growing up loving to ride on and off road has really helped me enjoy and see life in a very different perspective. I often sit in class at the university I attend and think of being outside. Besides riding motorcycles, I love to play soccer and rugby with all my island mates. I'm competitive, but not just for the bragging rights of winning a good match, but more for the feeling of success and accomplishment. I was previously a bit of a gymnast and am starting to train again in order to hopefully become the school's mascot in the future. Some of my life goals are to be able to support a family, race the Baja 1000, and set some sort of world record. Lots of kids think I don't quite fit the stereotype of a Mormon boy, but as long as I am doing what's right and influencing others for the better, God is happy with me skating and scuba diving and riding motorcycles maybe a little too fast.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it would be crazy not to be. There's too much temptation, too much guilt and sadness and confusion in this life to not have the answers that God is willing to give to us. When I honestly sit down and think about what really makes me happy in this life, I come up with a list that mirrors the standards that the LDS Church teaches. Life is too short to not be passionate about things. I grew up working 100 hour weeks on the farm, and by just putting my head down a getting a job down, things got accomplished. The Church of Jesus Christ has helped me do the same, but with much more help than an old John Deere tractor and a sense of responsibility.

How I live my faith

I served a mission in the Fiji Islands and leadership in the church is still weak on several of the islands. Because of this need for support, I was able to serve in leadership positions to help the branch of the church where I was serving. More than just that, I love being the example. It's so much more fun to be different in a good way than in a bad. Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement. By just living life and looking for happiness, I feel like I live my faith where ever I am and what ever I'm doing. My life has become so much more easy when I realized that Christ's Atonement wasn't just a sacrifice for me, but a great investment in me. I'm just trying to make that investment worth it for me!