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Hi I'm Nate

I come from a big family in Utah. I'm interested in math and languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young man from Alpine, Utah. I’ve lived in Utah my whole life, but my family is from all over the country. I’m really interested in math. I’m working on a degree in mathematics in college. I’m also interested in studying languages and linguistic theory. I love learning languages and about other cultures. I’m actually about to take a leave of absence from school for two years of religious service (a “mission”). I enjoy skiing and tennis. (Yes, such sophisticated sports.) Having grown up in Utah, I’ve been skiing from age five at multiple resorts, and it’s still one of my favorite things. I also really like music: listening to it and playing it. I’m interested in a variety of music of the past few decades, particularly genres of rock. And I play the violin. I’ve taken lessons and played in orchestras over the past nine or so years. My favorite book might be The Crucible. (I know it’s cliche. Plus it’s not exactly even a book; it’s a play, but whatever.) I enjoy reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that good and truth can be found in all religions, but there are a number of reasons why I choose to be a Latter Day Saint. I believe that in the nineteenth century there was a variety of truth on the earth. Joseph Smith, a fourteen-year-old boy confused by the truth scattered among the world’s religions, prayed for answers in a grove of trees. And God the Father with Jesus Christ appeared to him to restore the fulness of His truth in these days. The teachings of this church, the Church of Jesus Christ, have made my life truly blessed. We teach that families can be together forever. We teach that each of God’s children will inherit an eternal kingdom with a level of glory determined precisely by his or her choices. We teach that if we repent of our sins, we can always be given a second chance through Christ’s atonement. Through my seeking, I’ve found evidence and spiritual confirmation of the truth and rightness of this gospel. The Spirit has spoken to my heart about the Book of Mormon, a volume similar to the Bible that testifies more of Christ than any other book of scripture. I’ve tried to live my life in accordance with the gospel, and I’ve subsequently felt God’s love with a realness that I cannot deny. I testify that despite our imperfectness as church members, this gospel is truly right.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is an important part of my life. I have a level of respect for all people who live according to their religion and philosophical beliefs. My religion describes my life philosophy, and I feel that my life philosophy would be meaningless if I weren’t willing to live it. I live my faith by acting. I strive to do all that is right and improve my weaknesses, and I rely on the Lord’s grace to carry me along despite my imperfection. Part of living my faith means that I avoid things that could be harmful to me spiritually. I believe that God wants me to have a full experience in this life, but I believe that I can reach the fullest experience if I avoid certain sins and addictions that could delay my progress and damage my relationships. Part of my calling as a disciple of Christ is to be in the world but not of the world. This means that I can’t avoid the world. I have to delve into the world and spend my life in the service of my fellow beings. We read in John 3, “For God so loved the world….” And it’s my calling to do the same. As a missionary, I will be commissioned to serve others and help them receive the light of Christ. But at the same time, I must stand for something greater. I must remain a man of God, and not a man of worldly things, which will ultimately be of no value to me. Only Godly things like love and hope and truth and forgiveness can truly be eternal. My time as a missionary will be a time entirely focused on God and the needs of others. I look forward to meeting the people whose lives I will be able to bless.