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Hi I'm Nathan

Husband, father, scientist, believer in Christ and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

Born in the west and raised in the east, I've been between the two for a couple of decades now. For most of that time I've worked as a chemist at a large public university. My wife and I have seven bright and beautiful children. I love to read (especially sci fi from the great masters of the genre), am a computer geek (enjoying my open-source OS!) and music lover (head full of classic rock and Bolivian folk music) who wishes for more time to be outside climbing rocks, fishing, hiking and camping, cross-country skiing, canoeing, and breathing in the scent of pines somewhere at least 4000 feet above sea level.

Why I am a Mormon

Other than not being born and raised in Utah, I'm almost the stereotypical Mormon - raised in the church, served a two-year volunteer mission (in Bolivia - what a fantastic experience!) and earned a degree at BYU, married in the temple and had a bunch of kids. However, that isn't why I am a Mormon. Being raised in the church was a beginning, but I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have followed the same process that we commend to anyone who wants to know the truth: I have studied the scriptures, pondered and prayed, and had a witness of the Holy Ghost that they are true and that this is Christ's church. That same witness of the Spirit comes time and time again as I continue to study and pray and serve in the church.

How I live my faith

Individually and with my family, I read the scriptures and pray, sing hymns, attend church services and also study the gospel at home. Over the years I have enjoyed serving in a variety of capacities in the church, including leadership, teaching, and administration; I currently have stewardship over all the records for our congregation. At the core, though, I live my faith by trying to be like Jesus Christ - to love and serve God and my fellow men. While I am far from perfect, I hope to improve day by day, and am grateful for the atonement wrought by Christ which enables me to repent and be forgiven.