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Hi I'm Nick

I'm just a goofy dad and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Western Colorado and am a clinical psychologist. My wife and I have five children. We recently added a sixth child to our family as we have the privilege of being foster parents for a six year old boy. I enjoy camping with my family, windsurfing and playing tennis. Tennis is perhaps my favorite hobby, although I have to be careful because if I tend to play a lot and push myself a little too hard. In fact, I am just now getting over a strained calf muscle that came from me pushing things a little too hard. What can I say? I love to play. Our children are all picking up tennis as well and that has made it even more enjoyable for me to play because I get to be with my family at the same time.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church) when I was 12 years-old. My mother and my two sisters joined the church with me at that time. I was always a pretty religious kid. I don’t know why, but even when my family did not practice a certain religion or have a certain spiritual perspective, I did. I always knew there was a God and I believed he was the father of my spirit. I had attended a lot of different churches mainly because I felt I needed to be attending a church so that God would know that I loved him and that I wanted to worship him. I didn’t know which church was the true church and it was confusing to me that they all had different practices and would sometimes teach very conflicting ideas. My family and I had gone to a funeral at a Mormon church. Afterwards, we talked about looking into the Mormons and I was excited because I wanted us to belong to a church. We met with two missionaries and they taught us about Joseph Smith. I remember distinctly how I felt as they talked about his experience as a 14 year-old boy when he was confused about religion and was looking for the true church. This was exactly how I felt and when I learned that he approached God the Father about his concern and was then called to be a prophet I felt very good inside. The idea that God would call a prophet in modern time just as he had in biblical time made perfect sense to me and I decided I wanted to know more. Joseph Smith’s first major act as a prophet was to translate an ancient record that had been written by followers of Jesus Christ who lived on the American continent from about 600 B.C. to 400 A.D. This record is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. When I read The Book of Mormon I felt something deep within me confirm that it was a true book and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. That feeling has stayed with me for many years and has only grown stronger. Really, it is because I know that God is my father, that he called a prophet, and then set up his true church on the earth that I have been a Mormon now for thirty years.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by focusing first on my family. Every day I try to teach my children how they can follow the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ as they are found in the Bible, the Book of Mormon and as he continues to reveal them through a living prophet. I try to live these teachings as well. Joseph Smith explained best, I think, what it means to live the teachings of the Mormon Church. He said, “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” Sometimes I struggle telling other people who are not members of the Mormon Church about why I am. I know it shouldn’t be so hard for me talk about something so important to me but it is. I guess that is because it means so much to me that I tend to get emotional when I talk about it. I also am worried I won’t be able to properly express what I feel. I am trying to get over that because I know what a difference being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made in my life and I want so much for others to discover the happiness that is waiting for them. Thank you for learning more about my story.