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Hi I'm Tate

I'm a musician, a student and an EMT. I was born and raised a Mormon, and I've loved every minute of it.

About Me

I recently graduated high school, and I'm preparing to spend the next two years of my life serving my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the people of Jamaica. I hope to pursue a career in medicine, and I play the piano, double bass, and bass guitar. I also love rock climbing, though I'm not very good at it.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm generally a pretty scientific-minded person, so it sometimes surprises people that I also am a man of faith. And ultimately, I came to the conclusion that either my life was the result of chemical reactions occurring in my brain over which I had no conscious control, or that I had free will to choose as I wished. And the fact that I was sitting there debating this in my mind convinced me of the latter. And if it was true that I had free will to live my life how I saw fit, then there must be something beyond mere chemical reactions occurring in my body, something that allowed me to control my own destiny. I honestly believe that this "thing" is my spirit. Having concluded that I did indeed have a spirit, I set out to find where it came from, why it's here, and where it will go after I die. The answers to all of these questions came from the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have yet to come across another faith that so clearly and logically explains the purpose of this life, and how to return to our Heavenly Father. This Gospel has given me direction in my life, and it can do the same for you.

How I live my faith

One thing that's really helped me to develop as a person is to focus on becoming more than just a "Sunday saint." That is, to say, I try to live the ideals of the Gospel such as honesty and kindness at all times, not just while I'm at church. I've spent a lot of time with other youth fro my neighborhood, both those who do and those who do not hold my same religious views, and it's been an incredible experience to learn from their examples, and hopefully I was able to return the favor in some small degree.

What is being a Mormon like?

There are a lot of rumors out there about how weird Mormons are, and to be fair, we are pretty weird. However, a lot of those rumors are exaggerated, or even outright false. For the most part, we're just normal people trying to do our best to become better. We go to work, school, take care of our families, go to church, pursue hobbies and interests, and we have a great time doing it. Show more Show less