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Hi I'm Nick

I'm a Financial Adviser, a Private Pilot and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and the proud father of four children and two grandchildren. I'm a financial adviser by profession and I am a Partner in a large regional IFA Practice. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and in my spare time fly as a private pilot. I initially learned to fly when I was 17. I take a keen interest in modern and classic cars and enjoy painting in various mediums. I enjoy travel and seeing the rest of the world. I have a particular passion for France where we holiday each year. I work for my local council as a volunteer youth mentor, working with young people to help them become part of society. I love food of all types and enjoy inventing new dishes.

Why I am a Mormon

It was my dear wife who introduced me to the Church. From the moment I met her, I saw in her, the Light of Christ shine from her being. As I met other members of the Church I quickly recognised that each of them had something special and I wanted to be like them. As I was taught the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I began to understand that having faith in, and a testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored Gospel, that I could find real purpose and an understanding of what this life on Earth is really all about. More importantly ~ I now know where I'm going after this life! The doctrine taught within the Church made absolute sense to me and the knowledge that Heavenly Father (God), His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost were three separate and distinct personages made me realise that clarity and truth had once again been restored to the Earth. To know that we have a living Prophet on the Earth today who receives revelation from Deity is a great comfort and blessing to me and my family. I am grateful to know that after this life we have the opportunity to be with our families together forever.

How I live my faith

I joined the Church in 1983 and have served in many varied callings since that time. Throughout much of my time in the Church I have been responsible for teaching youth and organising events such as annual camps and conferences for young people. I have served as the Bishop of the Oxford Ward and on the Stake Presidency of the Reading England Stake for 9 years. I currently serve in the Public Affairs Department of the Church responsible for helping others learn of the Church and our faith. On Sunday's I have the great privilege of teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the adult gospel doctrine class.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Nick
Attending a Mormon chapel is an experience available to anyone who desires to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored in these latter days. Attendance at the Temple is available to any member of the Church who is living a minimum standard. Whereas the attendance at the Chapel focuses on partaking of the sacrament, service in the temple concentrates on allowing those who have departed this earth to progress and make sacred covenants by patrons acting as proxy. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Nick
The grace of the Lord is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Nick
We should have faith in our Saviour Jesus Christ who is our advocate with the Father. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Nick
Attending Church on a weekly basis enables one to partake of the sacrament and renew baptismal covenants. Attending the Temple regularly also enables one to renew sacred covenants and draw closer to the Lord through service in behalf of those who have gone before. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Nick
Since Jesus departed this Earth and as the Apostles died, the Gospel of Jesus Christ became distorted by mans own interpretations of the Bible and by corrupt individuals who sought to rationalise their thoughts and actions. A restoration of the truth of the Gospel was required in order that Christ's authority was once again available to enable His work to move forward as He intended. The Bible, as far as it is translated correctly, is the word of God. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and underpins the basis of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Nick
No. We believe in sustaining our leaders but every member is free to vote for whoever they feel is most appropriate. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Nick
Absolutely no idea! If this Church is a cult then I'm a monkey's uncle! To me, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is as far removed from a cult as I could possibly think. The fact that Jesus Christ has his name in the Church, the fact that we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he is our Saviour and Redeemer means this Church is definitely not a cult. We believe that our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to atone for our sins and allow us to return to live with Him someday. Personally, I reckon that if other Christians took time to understand our beliefs and recognised that we strive to live our lives in accordance to the laws and commandants of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the word 'cult' would never be used to describe the Church. Show more Show less