Hi I'm Nick
I am 22, I love playing basketball, football, soccer, and am an avid skiier. I love Boston Sports, like the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Celtics. I played all 4 years of high school football. I love sports and I also love to help people. I have been to Fiji twice to build toilets for local villages, and Belize once to help build a school library for the children there. I love to drive my car, 1991 Lexus LS400. My favorite music consists of bands like Taylor Swift, Switchfoot, Skillet, Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects, Sum 41, Blink 182, Boys Like Girls, Breaking Benjamin, Angels and Airwaves, Keith Urban, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, David Archuletta, Nelly, and so on. I have been to 42 of the 50 States of The United States. I am currently living in Alabama and I am loving it here. ROLL TIDE! I am a student at college, thinking about going into nursing, but like any college student, I might change my mind. I sadly don't like long walks on the beach and I'll read a book or two. ;) I'll generally watch movies that make me laugh. But some of my favorite movies include but not limited to: Hot Rod, Nacho Libre, The Dark Knight, The Princess Bride, Sahara, and many others. I am greatly appreciative of my parents for helping me be my best. I love being who I am. I am an optimist. I love when I'm happy, but I love it even more when I can make someone else happy. I am proud to be an American. I am a Disc Golf lover as well. It is way fun.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because throughout my life I have been told that it is the true church. There have been many times when I questioned why I even bother being a part of this religion. After studying the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the church, I have come to realize the validity of the church through prayer. I would like to say that I have known it my whole life, but whether I did or didn't, I know now that it is true. I continue to learn more about it through study and prayer and, logically, it makes sense to me, and I see truth in all we teach. Learning more really helps me to understand what I am a part of, and it is exciting to always learn more about it. Being a part of this church and organization has been a real blessing in my life. It has brought peace, charity, patience, hope, health, and happiness to my life and I want everyone to be able to feel these things and experience what I have experienced.
Could you talk about your baptism?
Well, my baptism was when I was 8 years old. Being a member of the church, it was kind of expected of you to do it. I figured since all my older siblings had been baptized and my parents too, I might as well do it. I didn't know exactly what I was doing by accomplishing that, but later on in life I saw why baptism was necessary. I wanted to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the correct authority from our Heavenly Father. I knew that Jesus couldn't go to any random Israelite and get baptized, he went to John the Baptist, who is a descendant of the Levite tribe, who held the priesthood, to be baptized because that is what is necessary.
How has attending Church services helped you?
In church services I generally go to partake of the sacrament or as other churches call it "communion". Partaking of the sacrament means that you will keep your baptismal covenant which is to always remember His son Jesus Christ. After that is done, there are usually speakers who will talk about an assigned topic about the gospel and how it has affected them. Hearing the testimonies of others definitely helps strengthen your own. We also have testimony meetings once a month where people will bear what they know to be true about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful time to share what you know and what you desire to learn more about.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
In Alma chapter 34 verse 32, it talks about what we need to do on this Earth. This is the time for men to prepare to meet God, and what better way to be prepared than read the doctrine of his Son's church and follow all the commandments that are given to us.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
Knowledge of the Plan of Salvation gives me peace knowing that there is something after this life and we can live with our Heavenly Father and our families again in the next life. I often see death as something that is necessary to God's plan for us instead of something to be mourned about.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Every morning after I have studied the scriptures, I feel the need to pray and repent of my sins. I pray for strength, patience, love for my fellow beings, removal of sins and inadequacies. I feel the greatest sense of calm, and at times a burning in my bosom, when I pray. I know that if I were to ask God for an answer to a question, comfort, anything, He would answer me depending on my faith.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
When I pray, I try to make it as simple as I can. Just an answer to a simple prayer is all I need. Whenever I have asked for safety or help, it has come. As a missionary I see answers to my prayers all the time. I see things happen when prayer takes place. I have prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true everytime I have read it. The answer usually comes as a sense of peace so quiet that if you don't pay attention, you can miss it. When you pray, be alone, be focused on what you want to know, and ask the One who knows all.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
In Biblical times, the Lord has worked through Prophets (Luke 1:70). God sends these people to guide, direct, prophesy, inspire, and talk of Jesus Christ's role in our lives and to give the Commandments we need to live by to come closer to God's Only Begotten Son. Prophets are in a sense, a mouthpiece for God. All throughout time, these prophets would be rejected of men and God would take away his messengers until the people were ready again to hear His word. Since God is an unchanging God, he works through prophets. The Restoration of the Gospel is the good news that God has once again called a prophet again to the earth. Since it is the last days, what better a time to have someone who will guide us in the will of God, just as Moses lead the children of Israel. I know that Prophets messages are essential to our lives here on earth. They are the modern Peters, Pauls, and Noahs in our time. Listen to what they have to say, because they will not lead you astray. God has prophets on the earth again just as he always will.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
I have served a mission in the Alabama Birmingham mission. I was originally assigned to go to the Brazil Porto Alegre North mission. So I went through our training center to learn how to be a missionary and I was learning how to teach in Portuguese as well. I was waiting on my visa to go to Brazil, and by the end of 9 weeks in the training center they sent me out to go and teach people in Alabama temporarily while I wait for it to come. I spent about 5 weeks total in the Alabama mission when I finally got my visa. I was on my way to Brazil with my passport, visa, boarding pass and everything I needed in Brazil. I got to the international gate in Atlanta and I had discovered that I no longer had my visa, passport, or my boarding pass. After a very long night of panic and searching, I was sent back to Alabama where I was permanently reassigned. Many people that I tell this story to, see it as something I missed out on or something I should be sad about. When, in reality, I believe God blessed me by doing that. Since I have served in Alabama, I have learned that God always has a purpose for his servants, my life has changed and I have learned to love and serve other people, and most importantly, I have been able to share the Gospel and serve God with all my heart, mind, and strength. The mission is really something to prepare you for life. You learn how to manage a monthly budget, how to fix a bike, how to deal with different personalities, and how to talk to people, how to be a leader. We also learn the importance of scripture study and personal fitness. There is probably nothing greater that will prepare you for life.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
As a missionary I have faith that I will be lead to people who need our message. I have faith that things happen for a reason, and as you exercise your faith in Christ, miracles happen and faith is increased. Faith then leads me to look for more faith building activites. Without faith, life would only be going through the motions.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
I hope that I can influence the lives of others to make a change in their lives. I want everyone I meet to have what I have. Knowledge of God, and His love for each of us. I hope that I can be an example to others of how to live, and how to follow the Savior. I hope that I can be with my family forever. I hope the Jesus Christ is my Savior. I hope I can live on after this life. I hope for eternal happiness. Hope for me, is a desire to believe.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Christ told his apostles to "feed my sheep". We do this by sharing our message of how we are given a way to learn and have a personal relationship with Christ. We live his gospel and keep His commandments. How excited do you get when you learn something new, or you found something? One of the first things you want to do is SHARE it with others. That is the purpose of missionary work, to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel. That is the call, share what you know and share your experiences in following Christ, our Savior. The messages we share are to promote the desire for eternal happiness for us, and our families.
How I live my faith
I have coordinated Youth Activites in our church, I go to church every sunday, I read from the Bible and Book of Mormon as often as I can, I have had opportunities to teach sunday school and serve a full-time mission. I live my faith by sharing what I know about the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ as a missionary. I go and teach the Gospel to all the world, just as Jesus charged his apostles. I live my faith, by following his commandments with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. Currently I am serving as a missionary for 2 years of my life. I go and invite people to join our church and teach them what we believe and why we believe it, and how they can come to know the truth of what we share.