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Hi I'm Nickalaus A.

I am a Risk and Compliance Analyst, a Paramedic, a Self Taught Piano Player, a Convert, I have a Southern Accent, and I AM MORMON!

About Me

My name is Nickalaus I working in Information Security during the day and make a difference at night as a Paramedic. I enjoy what I do and love seeing the change in a patients eyes when I do a good job. I am energetic and love serving in the church. I look forward to my forever family and until then enjoy the Church Educational System which we call Institute. Our Gospel and Message is for everyone and I enjoy answering questions about my Faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church 6 years ago by a patient of mine. At the time I had never heard of Mormons or of the church. The story itself is amazing and I love to tell it. At the time I was not actively attending the church I was raised in. I had graduated high school and was finishing my last year of Paramedic School. Once you graduate high school you have a lot of free time on your hands but more importantly this is the first time for many people to choose what you will do with the time you are given each day. Religion in general took a spot on the back burner. I soon realized that Religion should be the burner, it should be the center of your life. Missionaries from the church began to teach me about the church and how I could become a member. I never once felt pressured to make a decision and was always comfortable with what they had to say. Many of the things I was taught I already knew. After learning what the missionaries had to teach I was told that I had to decide for myself if they were true or not. So I did just that, I began to ponder in my mind the things I had been taught and if they were true or not. I said a prayer asking the God I had always prayed to if this was true. And over the next 6 months I felt the love and reassurance that they were true. I soon learned that I had nothing to loose and everything to gain. So I joined the church and became Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to others around me and work to make a difference in the lives. I have learned to love those who I have and will serve. I volunteer within the community to help make it a better place for everyone. Currently I serve as the Clerk in my Ward. This means that I have the responsibility of managing church documents and records for the members of my Ward. I have also had the opportunity to be a teacher and to work with Full Time Missionaries to help others learn more able the gospel. I live my faith by doing things are are pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Living my faith is easy and brings me great happiness.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Nickalaus A.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a global church and is headquartered in Salt Lake City Utah. Just as the United States is broken down into States and each State into Counties, the church operates in the same fashion. A Branch is the smallest unit in the church. A Branch is part of a Stake where members of The Church share a common characteristic. Sometimes this may be as simple as where they live. Other times this may be that they are from the same age demographic, or they all are originally from another country and speak the same language. A Branch is overseen by a Branch President. A ward is the functional unit of the church. It is very similar to a branch but generally has more members. Wards a placed in areas where there is enough support from members to help them operate (as we have no paid ministry). Each ward is overseen by a Bishop. A Stake is a collection of Wards and Branches in the same area and is overseen by a Stake President. When you are baptized you are assigned a Ward or Branch based on where you live. This will become where you learn and grow in the gospel. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Nickalaus A.
One thing you will learn about members of The Church is that we often share what we call our "testimony." By definition a testimony is a statement of truth related to a specific matter. Sharing our testimonies gives us an opportunity to tell others what we have learned to be true. A testimony is something that everyone has and is very individualized. Testimonies are developed by living and growing in the Gospel. Over time a members testimony about the truthfulness of the Gospel will change, it will become stronger and provide members with strength and courage to overcome obstacles in life. Show more Show less