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Hi I'm Nikolaj

I'm a husband, a father, a translator, an interpreter - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to Veronica, and we have four children between the ages of 10 and 19. I am a full time translator and interpreter, and my wife is a stay-at-home mom (definitely a full-time job). I am originally from Denmark; Veronica is from Oaxaca, Mexico, which is where we met and got married, so we are a multi-lingual family. Although I came to the U.S. from abroad, I am also a fifth-generation American; my father was from the U.S., and his ancestors arrived here around the mid 19th century. I enjoy spending time with my family, skiing, hiking, working on my family history, swimming, and going on family vacations.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon at the age of 28 (in 2000), along with Veronica, my wife. It was a decision we made because we felt (in response to many prayers) that this was God's plan for us. A year after our baptism we were sealed in the temple. That means that our family can be together for all eternity - which makes perfect sense to me. The Savior, Jesus Christ, is very important because I know He paid the price for my sins and set the example. Whatever problems I might have in life, I know that Jesus has gone through that and worse.

How I live my faith

In spite of my busy life, I try to spend as much time with my family as I can. I try to treat others the way I would want to be treated. I do my best to keep the commandments. We receive many opportunities to serve in the Church. I currently serve on the high council (a group of 12 men who assist the presidency of our stake, a local unit comprised of several congregations), my wife teaches young children in Primary on Sundays, and our oldest daughter recently left to serve as a fulltime missionary in the Kansas Wichita Mission. I also make sure that our family studies the scriptures daily and that we hold family home evening every Monday. That's when we get together to learn about the gospel, play games, eat refreshments, and do other fun stuff.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

When my wife and I learned about the restored gospel, what caught our interest the most was that we could have an eternal family -- that we could be together forever. Even before we married, it was something we knew we wanted, though we didn't know how. After all, it wouldn't make much sense to love one another throughout this life, only to become separated forever when one of us dies. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ and by marrying in the temple, my wife and I can be together forever. Of course, we have to strive to keep the commandments and always treat each other with love. Our children, too, can be ours forever, thanks to the temple ordinances. In the same way, our parents can also be our parents for eternity. I know that Heavenly Father wants us to be together as families forever in His presence. Show more Show less