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Hi I'm Nate

I have Type 1 Diabetes. I love jazz music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician. I played piano and then picked up trombone in 7th grade and joined the school band. This was a big step for me because I had always been afraid of performing or presenting in front of people, and doing this was the first thing that helped me to begin to overcome that fear. When I was 14 years old I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and that changed my life. I had always been afraid of needles, but I had to overcome that as well so I could inject insulin into myself. This experience also humbled me and brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior. I came to rely on them for the comfort I needed in and it has been a blessing in my life ever since. Just the next year I had another life changing event—I went to high school. This wasn't just the regular going to high school experience though. I chose to attend a high school different than the one I was supposed to. This meant I knew pretty much no one other than those I knew from jazz band thanks to my opportunity to be a part of the high school jazz band in 9th grade. This taught me how to quickly gain friends. There I met friends who have been some of the best influences in my life and some of my favorite people ever. Seminary also greatly changed me. But most of all my family has been my greatest influence though all of this. I know without all that the Lord put me through and all the great people in my life I would never be who I am now. I know that my Heavenly Father knows and watches out for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and everyone and has a plan for us to be able to return again and to live with our families forever if we obey his laws and commandments. I have felt His and my Savior's love in my life every day, even when I am feeling down or upset with life. I have read the Book of Mormon and gained a testimony of its truthfulness and of the reality of Joseph Smith being a prophet in these latter days, and I know that all the prophets and apostles following him are of true and here to teach us the true word of God. I know God's power. I have a personal witness of it and know that it has been restored on this earth. I know the Church is the only true church, and I love the Lord.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is not very complicated, for I see the gospel not as something to be complicated and stressful. I see it as one of the simpler things in my life. Every day I pray morning and night, at meals and just whenever I feel the need to pray. I read and study the Book of Mormon every day. I am a ward missionary, so when I need to I go with the missionaries places, I drive them to cheer they need to go if they need a ride, and I try to help out as much as I can. I go to church every Sunday and participate in all my church meetings, and I find it to be one of the best three hours of my week. I have family time every Sunday night with my family and elderly and widowed grandmother. I used to be home teachers with my father, and starting about a year ago I began teaching most of the lessons, which has helped me to be able to teach better, which will come in handy on my mission. I don't see these things as a burden. they don't take too much time, and I always find time to do all that I need to do along with living my faith. It is simple, consistent, and even fun at times.