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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Thursday Three time again!

And I'll steal a few minutes to answer Terry's, (and Jim's) questions today. What are today's questions? I'm glad you asked.
1. What does your name mean—any connection to what you do or who you are?

2. Any problems with your name? Do you wish it (either your surname or given name) was changed ?

3. Were you named for someone? If so, whom?

AND, in order to satisfy Jim’s insatiable need to supply MORE than three questions--

4. Do you go by your first name, middle name, shortened form--(ex. Jim for James)--or by some made-up nickname?
1. Some of you know that my given name is actually Nathaniel. I've been told it means "gift from God." I don't know if that's turned out to be true for those that named me but I've tried to do my part.

#2. Any problems with my name? Nobody calls me Nathaniel, though one of my grade school teachers insisted upon it. She also expected me to be able to write that big thing instead of just Nate when we were learning cursive writing! Other than that, its pretty pain free.

#3. I was named for someone, as a matter of fact. A missionary and pilot, Nate Saint was killed in Ecuador just days before I was born. As I remember, the church my parents attended in Minnesota was a supporter of the the missionary effort Nate Saint belonged to. My folks might have even had the opportunity to meet Nate Saint, I don't remember. I do remember that my father was studying to be a missionary pilot when he went to college and met my mother, so there was an emotional connection when Nate Saint died. Somewhere, I even have a copy of the book that was written about his death stashed away someplace.

#4. This question's supposed to extra credit and I've already covered it.

How's that?

UPDATE: Another interesting page about the life and ministry of Nate Saint.

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