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Hi I'm Nat

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am getting ready to serve a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending BYU in Utah majoring in Physics. I love to watch and play sports (go Giants, Warriors, and 49ers!). I enjoy many different types of music ranging from jazz and classical to [clean] rap, pop, reggae, and R&B. A lot of people have described me as "chill" or "laid back" (which probably has something to do with living in California), but I do get passionate with things that I believe truly matter in the long run such as faith, relationships with others (familial, friendly, or other), and education (to name a few). I am an Eagle Scout, I love to play the trombone (especially jazz), I played quarterback for the football team and ran hurdles for the track team in high school, and I am the youngest of four kids in a family that I love so much.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and I have stayed a faithful member throughout my life. Some people say I have been brainwashed to believe the church is true--that I only believe this because my parents say so. However, I have experienced for myself the Spirit of God testifying to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church. I have prayed about it and I have seen and felt the many positive effects it has had on my life. I had the opportunity to get away from the church when I was choosing where to go to college as well as what I chose to do at college. I was being recruited for football by a university in Oregon. I visited there and met with the coaches and players and I knew it was a real possibility that I could be spending my college career there. I would be away from parents and family and they would no longer be able to know what I was doing--they wouldn't know if I was sleeping through church on Sundays, or if I was out partying and drinking, so the opportunity to break away was definitely there at that point, but I decided that wasn't the right path for me. Instead, I chose to attend BYU and surround myself with those who would help me uphold church standards, but even now that I'm here, there is still the opportunity to stop participating in the church and stop nurturing my faith. Despite those opportunities to stop being a member of His church, I have decided on my own to continue to live His gospel and keep His commandments. I've seen the hand of the Lord in my life: when I plead for forgiveness, when I ask for comfort or strength, when I need guidance for what to do. I have prayed many times wondering whether or not this is the true church, and every time I ask, the Spirit testifies to me that it is true, and I know that if you ask with a sincere desire to know, you will receive an answer as well.

How I live my faith

As far as participation in my congregation (AKA "ward") goes, I try to do whatever I can. I am officially called as a Home Evening Group Leader, which means that I plan activities for a group of about 5-10 people in my ward that are fun and help us strengthen our testimonies. I also do my best to serve outside of my official calling. I have given blessings of comfort and healing to those who ask for and need such blessings. I also try to bless or pass the sacrament each week because I see it as a great act of service that helps others strengthen their relationship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am available to teach classes whenever I need to as well as give a talk to my congregation. I always enjoy those times because it helps me convey what I know to be true and what ideas and events have contributed to that. Soon, I hope to be serving as a full-time missionary for the church, teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are open to it as well as serving those around me.