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Hi I'm Nate

Born in LA and raised the SLO life! Grew up in sunny California. I'm an lover of adventure, a huge eater, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from San Luis Obispo, CA.. I am part Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Caucasian.. I am an Eagle Scout.. I love going on adventures and chillin' at the beach or in the ocean.. I am a student at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo.. I am majoring in Biology for Pre-Med.. Striving to graduate from University of Hawaii Medical School and become a Doctor of Emergency Medicine.. I grew up as a Mormon and am serving a full time mission in the Trinidad & Tobago Port of Spain Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, so from the start, I was actively attending church with my family. As a little kid, I never really had a testimony and went off my parent’s testimony. It wasn't until my freshman year of high school that I really learned for myself. I was struggling with all the new experiences that high school has to offer. The friends you had in grade school don't talk to you anymore, everyone you know are going in different directions and making different choices, and to top all of that, everyone knew who "the Mormons" were and loved to pick on us and test our moral standards. This got me wondering if I really had a testimony of the gospel and if I wanted to follow it or follow my high school friends to be "popular". So I decided to do what everyone said you had to do to gain a testimony. I read the book of Mormon and prayed about it multiple times guess what I got.... A whole lotta' nothing. "Maybe the church isn't true," I thought and I basically stopped thinking about it. A few months later, we had a Stake Temple trip to the Los Angeles Temple. I went because of the social time on the bus, but that day I got something much better than talking with friends. As we got off the 405 freeway and started driving down the street, you look around and see all these vulgar billboards and worldly things. Then you turn a corner and up on the hill is the temple. At that moment, I felt something I have never felt before. It was a feeling of peace and relief such that I have never felt before. The spirit was so strong. That day at the temple I got my answer that the church is true. A feeling of warmth came over me so strong when I was on the temple grounds; it was as if God was giving me a big hug and squeezing me tight (like a 5 year old hugging a teddy bear). I gained a testimony that day that the temple is the house of the Lord, and because of that, I also received my answer that I have been praying for, that the Book of Mormon and the church are true.

How I live my faith

I am a very social and talkative person, and I love to meet new people and make new friends. Because of this I am not afraid to talk to people about the gospel and share my testimony with others. Service is another way that I live my faith. I strive to help anyone and everyone to the capacity that I can. Friends and activities are a huge part of my life. The YSA ward that I attend has many activities throughout the week that I participate in. I also hang out and have fun with others in the ward whenever possible. Attending the temple often is very important to me.The spirit and peace that the temple brings me helps me get through life and remember who I am and what my purpose in this life is. Its like a jump start to my spiritual battery. Other things that help me are spending time with family, making church a priority, reading my scriptures and praying on a daily basis.