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Hi I'm Nathan

I was born and raised in southern California. I practice music and martial arts, and love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the fifth out of six kids in my family, and absolutely love it. Most of my favorite memories involve them, from camping trips to just hanging out at home. I'm generally introverted, and like to spend time reading and just thinking. I also have been practicing Taekwondo for about six years, and earned my first degree black belt. I also love music. I've played the trumpet for seven years, in the school wind ensembles and marching band. While school had often felt like a chore, I really like learning and have actually enjoyed the little bit of college I've attended. I don't really have any specific field or career in mind, though I do like history, writing, and philosophy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of members, and so have been raised my whole life in the gospel. While I've never really had serious doubts about the things I've been taught, it has certainly taken a lot of effort, studying, and prayer to gain my own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. Many times it was discouraging, as I looked at those around me and thought that they were nearly perfect, while I continued to quietly struggle with my own challenges and uncertainty. But over time I came to realize that none of us are perfect, and that there is nothing inherently wrong with that, so long as we are sincerely trying and taking steps in the right direction. It doesn't mean that we all need to pretend we don't have any problems or doubts, because of course we all do. But when we continuously move forward with faith in Christ, we can have the peace and hope that comes from doing our best to live in line with our Heavenly Father's will. I know that he loves and is aware of us, and that no matter where may be right now, we will always have a second chance to change. I am immeasurably grateful for the changes that this gospel has made in my life, and while I have a long way to go, I now have a firm faith that my Savior will always be there to lift me when I feel I can go no further. And I hope that I may be able to be an example to those around me, so that they may have the opportunity to feel the joy that has filled my life.

How I live my faith

I suppose that most of my participation in my church would be by simply being an active member, helping to visit and teach others and being involved in some positions in young men groups.