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Hi I'm Nathan

I am a City Manager, a husband & father, an outdoor adventurer, and a seasoned Saturday morning short order cook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Wisconsin (Go Packers). I think growing up in Wisconsin really taught me to enjoy exploring nature and being outdoors. One of my most favorite adventures was exploring Yosemite (I know, not Wisconsin, but still awesome). I served a mission in Brasil. I studied public administration at Syracuse, and am a proud Maxwell Grad. I now serve as a City Administrator. My greatest achievement is being a Dad. There is nothing better than coming home at night and making my family laugh. Well...serving Saturday morning breakfast and going on Saturday afternoon adventures and outside explorations with my family comes pretty close.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is a religion that emphasizes building a personal relationship with God. To be Mormon is to know that you can pray and God will hear and answer your prayers.I love that I have been taught to pray. My parents were converts to the church. I know it wasn't easy for them, but they stuck with it and taught me how to pray. I owe everything to them. I love the fact that God hears and answers our prayers. I know God is real. I know each of us can have a very real relationship with God, and that we can know him even as a friend, and that he wants us to work towards that. If Moses could be his friend or the poorest of the poor in Galilee, so can you and me. And it is possible through prayer. I know God knows who I am. I know he knows my family. Isn't it amazing! The Creator of the universe can know me and you and is concerned about us. Prayer, that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others and trusting God will be there to magnify my efforts. When we are on his errand, we qualify for his grace. It is wonderful to see that the Lord can use even someone like me, who feels very inexperienced and young, to answer prayers and serve. There was one time a new member of the church called me. They were having a family argument and didn't know what to do. They needed someone, something, anything, and they thought of me. She wanted me to come over, because the husband was ready to leave for good. I was only 27, I had barely been married for a few years myself. What was I going to say? How was I going to help? But I loved this family, I said a prayer, and got in the car. I prayed the whole way there. When I arrived the room was heavy with anger. I never prayed harder. Thoughts came to my mind, I could feel what was in each of their hearts, and by the end of our visit the spirit in that home had completely changed. I know God sustains those who are willing to serve.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Nathan
Pray. Read about him. Practice repentance often. Put his promises to work in your life. When we read about his life and his teachings, we can find commandments. Every commandment seems to have a blessing attached. I find my faith is increased when I find one of his teachings, which hits on something I know I need to change in my life, and I act on it. I demonstrate faith and repent, and then have my faith increased because I see the blessing he promised come true. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Nathan
My children. For two reasons. First, I know because of the feelings I felt as I held them for the first time. Here were these small, innocent, beautiful, little packages. They seemed to me to be ancient spirits, who were intelligent, but trapped in these new, tiny bodies, disoriented, and trying to figure things out. When I would hold them, I felt love and trust and responsibility to a Creator. I had such a minor role in their creation, and I felt responsible to take care of them. Second, now and then, I will be concerned about how they are growing up. I become concerned about the world and its influence. I am not a perfect father, and often am at a loss as how best to reach my children or protect them. But it never fails, when I pray about them, inspiration always comes. And even in my clumsy efforts as a dad, I feel a divine influence and help which will guide me in a moment of need to reach my children in away I could not do on my own. I feel God's hand helping me out as a dad. It is a power I can't necessarily explain, but I know it is real. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Nathan
For members of the church a "Testimony" is knowing something is true by the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God will bring feelings of peace and joy and clarity and love into our heart and mind when we are open and seeking to know truth. These feelings often come as an answer to a prayer or to a question we ponder while reading the scriptures. In the Bible there are a lot of stories of individuals who saw Jesus Christ, witnessed miracles, and heard His teachings. Some believed on Jesus and testified that he was the Christ. They had a testimony. Others did not believe even though they saw and heard Christ. The difference between these two types of people was whether or not they felt the Spirit of God. The key was not seeing, hearing, or recognizing Jesus. The key was how they felt. Some were humble and opened their hearts and minds. Others harden their hearts and minds. One of my favorite stories is when Christ appeared to Doubting Thomas, the disciple that refused to believe his fellow disciples when they had claimed to have seen the resurrected Christ. When Christ finally appeared to Thomas, Christ said "Thomas, because you have seen me you have believed. Blessed are those who believe and have not seen." I know that by the Spirit of God we can know truth more powerfully than even by sight or touch. By the spirit we can know that God loves us, that Jesus lives and is the Son of God, that God calls prophets and directs His church still today. That is a testimony. Show more Show less