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Hi I'm Nate Hansen

I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley but I am soon bound for a mission in the Dominican Republic! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After my mission for the church I plan to attend a university and study computer engineering. I enjoy playing the piano and ukulele, and music is definitely one of my passions. I was on my high school cross country running team and love to work with and run with the team on the side. I enjoy mathematics and physics and I plan to continue my education and find a stable job to support a family one day.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon means finding purpose and enjoyment in life. There have been many times in my life where because of stress in school, feelings of failure, or my own misdoings, I have felt alone, scared, and friendless. Because of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ, that has never been the feeling that prevails. The teachings of our church dictate that we are to become like Christ by acting as he would. We are to share the gospel with others by serving them, loving them, and showing appreciation for their talents and contributions, while in turn contributing our talents to the work. This is how everyone is lifted up together. I know that by loving those around us, even our enemies as the Savior teaches, and by serving our neighbors, we will begin to feel the love that our Father in Heaven has for them and for us. I know that our Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in a grove of trees and that some years later angels assisted him to bring forth the Book of Mormon, even the truest book known to man. I know that as we read and ponder the teachings of the Book of Mormon we can receive a witness of its truthfulness and power. I know that we are all children of a Father in Heaven who loves us and desires that we return to live with him, and I know that through Christ's atonement we can. Because of this testimony, I have allowed the Savior to walk me through the hardest parts of my life, and still find joy when I thought there was none to find. I am grateful for this knowledge that I have and love to share it with others.

How I live my faith

I believe I have been given many gifts and talents that allow me to bless the lives of those in my ward. I enjoy teaching classes quite often and love giving instruction to the youth of the church as well as the adults. I always want to bring feelings of mutual love and appreciation to my lessons. I also serve in multiple priesthood capacities by hometeaching. My father and I are assigned some great families and I love them very much. It is our privilege to serve them, bring them a gospel message, and do for them anything they need assistance with. I begin to feel the love Christ has for them when I teach and serve them. Recently as part of my priesthood obligations and out of love for a friend, I had the opportunity to visit one of my childhood friends in the hospital. He had contracted Type-1 Diabetes and was having multiple reactions to some medicines. He asked if another of our friends and I would give him a priesthood blessing. The spirit filled the hospital room as we laid our hands upon his head and administered to him as Christ had in times of old. I appreciate the humility of my friend to ask for a blessing knowing that our Father in Heaven could do what he, his parents, or the doctors could not. It is through this kind of service, love, and charity that we come to know our Savior and come to love God and those around us.