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Hi I'm Nate

I'm an agricultural scientist in Hawaii, an avid cyclist, surfer, hiker, a husband and father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up traveling the world with my family. My father was involved in non-profit international development work and we lived in Central American and Africa for several years. Being in those countries allowed my family to travel to many other interesting places. These experiences afforded me an international perspective and desire to improve the lives of people throughout the world with my talents and education. Growing up, I was always fascinated by science. I would spend hours after school delving into topics that interested me, such as studying the weather, making hydrogen fuel cells, and peering through a microscope at pond water. I pursued my interests and I am now an agricultural scientist in Hawaii. My work allows me to help feed the growing population of our planet. I am also a husband and father, and being with my family brings me more joy and happiness than I could ever have imagined. Hawaii is a wonderful place to have a family, and we spend as much time outdoors as possible. I am an avid cyclist (road and mountain), hiker, scuba diver, and am currently learning how to surf and skimboard with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

A friend recently asked me to justify my belief in God and the way I live my life as a Mormon while also being a scientist. He noted that in his experience, people who are well-educated tend to lose their faith and interest in religion. My reply was simple. Many things in science are not directly observable (or even proven!), like gravity, quarks and leptons, and theories of motion. However, we know they exist. We can see the effects that they have and have developed means to measure and study them. Similarly, we cannot directly observe Heavenly Father, the power of the Priesthood, and other workings of the spirit, but I know they exist. I have felt their effects in my personal life and have witnessed them in the lives of others. For me, science and religion are one and the same. Because the Priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith and passed on to worthy church members, the authority from Heavenly Father to perform Priesthood blessings, ordinances, and fill sacred leadership roles exists in this church. I believe strongly in the existence of modern-day prophets who lead and guide this church, again because I have seen and measured the effects they have had on my life and the lives of others throughout the world. I encourage you to study the scriptures, pray, and observe the effects that this gospel has on the lives of others and gain a testimony for yourself of its truthfulness.

How I live my faith

I believe strongly in the power of scripture study, prayer, and voluntary church service. I believe that the Book of Mormon is an additional scriptural record from prophets on the American continent and I take great spiritual strength from reading its words in daily personal and family scripture studies. Personal and family prayers are also a great source of spiritual strength and protection. Prayer is a source of open communication with our Heavenly Father and a means to give thanks for our blessings and ask for specific personal or family needs. Through prayer I have been given the guidance to lead, provide for, and protect my family and have also received comfort in times of need. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a church of volunteers. There are many ways to be involved, and members are asked to fill callings by leaders who are under the direction of Heavenly Father. By accepting callings and working hard to fulfill obligations and assignments, I have been immeasurably blessed and have helped make a difference in the lives of others.