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Hi I'm Nick

I love all kinds of music and food, and I love hearing a good joke. Nature is a sure sign of God's love for us. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from the third largest city in Idaho, though that's not saying much at all. My parents are public school teachers and they absolutely love every minute of it. I enjoy being out in nature, shooting, reading, watching movies and playing games but my favorite activity is playing board games with friends and family. My family means a lot to me, as do my friends, and we have a riot playing games like Apples to Apples or just plain old card games. I love music and I listen to almost every kind there is. I have friends from all sorts of background, and as friends are the family that you choose, I love them about as much as my real family. I will soon be going off to college to be an engineer at a college in Utah, but will move down to Texas the first chance that I get. Texas has the best people in the world. The only thing that is missing is mountains. If they had them everywhere like Idaho, then it would truly be heaven on earth. Right now, its just darn close.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the LDS church my parents and grandparents and even great grandparents I believe are members. But at one point, you have to wonder about the traditions and beliefs of your parents is right; Is this what I want to do? Is this what I want to believe? And a lot of 'why' questions I had and nobody seemed to be able to answer them. And like most people, this happened when I was in my teen years. I was in High School where I was buffeted with all of the things that I was taught to avoid, and I was asking "Why should I continue in this hard religion when these people are just as happy that do smoke, drink, etc.?" was the main question that I had. It was tough, I'm not gonna lie. I realized that I had to make a decision, and it would likely be one that would effect generations to come. I was lucky enough to come under the influence of a member of our church by the name of John when I was about 17 that helped me a lot. And he didn't do it by telling me anything; not what to do or what not to do. He did it by just listening. And that's all a teen really wants, an adult that will sit and listen to the rambling of a teenager. He didn't judge, he just listened and showed that he cared. And because he did this, it influenced my belief a lot because nobody before had really done this. Because of this man, he increased my faith enough to believe that God could and WOULD answer my prayer so that He did. I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me, and he told me that you can be happy for a time outside of it, but true joy and peace can really only be found with the fullness of the gospel. It wasn't until a bit later that I decided to actually become disciple of Christ, to take up my cross, and be the man that my God, my future spouse, and myself was meant to be. As I stated in the beginning, this is a hard religion with lots of things that you are supposed to do. But I haven't found as much joy ever before in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by caring. I genuinly do not seek to judge anyone I come into contact with because its not my place. I try to emulate Gods love for me with those people I come into contact with. It is only by showing that you care, are truly caring, that you fully comprehend the first and second great commandments "Thou shalt alove the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind", and "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself". I also live my faith by keeping the commandments as best as I can. We all fall short, and thats why the Atonement of Christ is essential, but the trying is where character is made, and how desciples are forged. Jesus himself said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments". That is how I can show a fraction of my appreciation for him.  

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Nick
 This is one of my favorite topics that I have studied a lot. I served my misison in Houston, Texas and there were several religions that talked about works vs. grace. And I have come to the happy realization that it is not a competion they work hand in hand with eachother. But something clear, YOU CANNOT WORK YOUR WAY INTO HEAVEN. It is impossible. Being as we all sin, we cannot enter back into the Father's presance by our own deeds. A verse in the Book of Mormon describes what I'm saying quite well. Its in 2 Nephi chapter 25, verse 23 "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." Even after all we can do, it is still by grace we are saved. But for grace to save, you need REAL faith. And like in James 226, faith without works is dead. If you have real faith, then you will naturally keep the commandment, be baptized, and endure to the end because you truly believe in what the scriptures and what God has said from the beginning.   Show more Show less

What is faith?

Nick
This is an excellent question that I have pondered on lots of times. The answer is best summed up in Hebrews chapter 11, verse 1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the devidence of things not seen". We all use faith in our daily lives. There are several things that we have faith in That we'll pass this class, that the world will hold us up, that we can cure cancer. We believe that they all can happen, but there is no proof of it. But what is more important in what it is, is who we should have faith in and that is God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ. Through whom we may be able to return with our families. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Nick
How we dress for Church is in our Sunday Best, whatever that is to you. You are going to church to be with God and to feel his presence, you should be dressed for it. As for what holidays we celebrate, I can't really think of one that we don't..... My favorite holiday is Christmas because of all of our family traditions we have; it also celebrates the birth of Christ. We Celebrate Easter as the day that Jesus was resurrected. We celebrate Halloween to get candy and to give it, just like everyone else. My family has roots in Ireland so we celebrate St. Patrick's day......So we celebrate pretty well all the same holidays everyone else does. I can't really think of one that we don't, actually. Show more Show less