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Hi I'm Nick

I grew up Catholic. I served in the US Navy. I'm currently working as a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Social Studies teacher with a Master's degree from Asbury University. I have been teaching for 2 years at various middle school across Kentucky. My years before teaching were dedicated to serving my country in the U.S. Navy. I've served in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. First and foremost, I'm a husband and father. In addition to my wonderful wife, I have three children. I'm very proud of my family, and they mean more to me than anything else. I'm also a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormons.

Why I am a Mormon

While serving in the US Navy, I was put on a cleaning detail. There were four of us. After completing what we set out to do, we began to shoot the breeze. Somehow we got on the topic of religion. Two of the guys were Protestant, and the other was a Mormon. Almost immediately the Protestants “ganged” up on the Mormon. By the time it was all over, I found myself Biblically backing up the Mormon’s beliefs to my surprise. Afterward, we all went our separate ways. Until that day, I wouldn’t have considered investigating Mormonism. However, that small religious discussion got me thinking. I felt that there may be something more to this misunderstood faith. I found the closest Mormon congregation to me on the Church’s internet page. That next Sunday, I walked into an LDS chapel. After attending the service, I felt the truth in what was being taught. I went to leave, but people were not really leaving. They were just going into what seemed like random rooms, so I walked around and found two missionaries wearing name tags. Thinking they were ushers, I asked them where to go. They just looked at me very puzzled, and asked what class I was in. I said that I didn’t know. Then they asked if I was a member. I said no. Then they asked who I came with. I said that I just came on my own. By this time they were exceptionally dumbfounded. They miraculously overcame their astonishment and found me a classroom. I enjoyed and agreed with what was being presented in the class. By this time, I could really feel God speaking the truth of this church to my soul. As my investigation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued in the coming weeks, I realized that this church was the “impossible” church. It not only reflected the truth of the Bible, but met every single requirement that the Bible has for the true church. I quickly gained a testimony of the restoration and was baptized. I know this is the true church guided by Christ Himself.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have been active in Church in many different ways. I have taught a daily, high school age, scripture study class that we call Seminary. I have served as secretary for a boy's youth group. I have taught elementary age kids during Sunday school. I also served as a mission leader that coordinated missionary efforts in a three county area.

What is faith?

Nick
Real faith is believing in truth that can't be sensed by your traditional senses. A true knowledge of things is given to you by the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Nick
I think that many people are confused by the selectivity of the temple. People are use to being able to stroll into whatever religious building they wish. History teaches us that this wasn't always the case. In biblical times, the temples were restricted to only certain people. This wasn't done to keep secrets, or to develop some evil plot. It was done because the temples were sacred. Just as in biblical times, our temples are sacred places where we are able to make covenants with God. By making these covenants with God, we are able to draw closer to Him. Because of the sacred and personal nature of the covenants, it is not appropriate for us to talk about them outside of the temple. Show more Show less