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Hi I'm Nick

I was raised in the 603, Im a Red Sox Fan, I know some Portuguese, I love catfish, hush puppies, and deep fried oreos. Im a Mormon

About Me

I am 24, I love playing basketball, football, soccer, and am an avid skiier. I love Boston Sports, like the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Celtics. I played all 4 years of high school football. I love sports and I also love to help people. I have been to Fiji twice to build toilets for local villages, and Belize once to help build a school library for the children there. I love to drive my car, 1991 Lexus LS400. My favorite music consists of bands like Taylor Swift, Switchfoot, Skillet, Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects, Sum 41, Blink 182, Boys Like Girls, Breaking Benjamin, Angels and Airwaves, Keith Urban, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, David Archuletta, Nelly, and so on. I have been to 42 of the 50 States of The United States. I am currently living in Alabama and I am loving it here. ROLL TIDE! I am a student at college, thinking about going into nursing, but like any college student, I might change my mind. I sadly don't like long walks on the beach and I'll read a book or two. ;) I'll generally watch movies that make me laugh. But some of my favorite movies include but not limited to: Hot Rod, Nacho Libre, The Dark Knight, The Princess Bride, Sahara, and many others. I am greatly appreciative of my parents for helping me be my best. I love being who I am. I am an optimist. I love when I'm happy, but I love it even more when I can make someone else happy. I am proud to be an American. I am a Disc Golf lover as well. It is way fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because throughout my life I have been told that it is the true church. There have been many times when I questioned why I even bother being a part of this religion. After studying the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the church, I have come to realize the validity of the church through prayer. I would like to say that I have known it my whole life, but whether I did or didn't, I know now that it is true. I continue to learn more about it through study and prayer and, logically, it makes sense to me, and I see truth in all we teach. Learning more really helps me to understand what I am a part of, and it is exciting to always learn more about it. Being a part of this church and organization has been a real blessing in my life. It has brought peace, charity, patience, hope, health, and happiness to my life and I want everyone to be able to feel these things and experience what I have experienced.

How I live my faith

I have coordinated Youth Activites in our church, I go to church every sunday, I read from the Bible and Book of Mormon as often as I can, I have had opportunities to teach sunday school and serve a full-time mission. I live my faith by sharing what I know about the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ as a missionary. I go and teach the Gospel to all the world, just as Jesus charged his apostles. I live my faith, by following his commandments with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. Currently I am serving as a missionary for 2 years of my life. I go and invite people to join our church and teach them what we believe and why we believe it, and how they can come to know the truth of what we share.

Are Mormons Christians?

Nick
People who believe in Jesus Christ are Christians. Therefore, since we believe in Jesus Christ to be the Son of God, Savior, Redeemer, Seer, Revelator, King, Leader, etc., we are in fact Christians. He is the basis of our religion, our doctrine and our lives in general. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Nick
In Amos 8 11-12, it talks about there being a famine of God's word here on the Earth. That word is the words of God through the Apostles and Prophets. That famine began when Jesus Christ and the Apostles of old were killed. Famines come to an end at some point however. Since Jesus Christ's church was built to have Prophets and Apostles, Jospeh Smith was given that authority to call 12 men to act as Apostles and be successors to the Prophet when he dies. The Church that Jesus Christ set up had 12 Apostles, and so does ours. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Nick
A Testimony is a personal witness of a principle of the Gospel. I have a testimony of the validity of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith being the Prophet of the Restoration, Laws and Ordinances of the Gospel are performed and approved by the power of God in this church, and most importantly, a testimony that our Savior Jesus Christ is real. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Nick
Absolutely. There is record of the people there touching the wounds on His body and record of him ministering with them. This is a very important chapter to look at in the Book of Mormon because it proves that Jesus didn't only minister in Israel and the surrounding area. You can only know if this really happened, by reading 3 Nephi and praying to our Heavenly Father the know if it is true record. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Nick
Well have you ever wondered why Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist and not by anyone else? It is because John the Baptist had that authority to perform that saving ordinance of baptism. This authority is important because not everyone has it. The worthy men in our church are the only people in the world who possess that authority. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Nick
Finding out that the Book of Mormon is true is a challenge we offer to all the world. If you find out that it is true, then that means our church and teachings are true. We emphasize families, preparedness, and love for each other in what we teach and the way we live. There is a reason why we are one of the fastest growing churches in the world, it is because we are Jesus Christ's church once again restored on the Earth. Show more Show less

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

Nick
We do not. As a church we do not have a one political party that we support. We are entitled to our politics and we really believe in being active people in politics and knowing what is happening in the world. There are certain stands on some things such as abortion that we do not agree with as a church, but we can have our own opinions. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Nick
Our local congregations are either Wards or Branches, depending on how many people are members of the church in that area. For Instance, there is multiple wards in one city because there are a lot of mormons in that city. If there aren't a lot of other mormons in your area, then there would be a branch which usually has less than 100 people or so weekly. A Stake is a certain number of branches and wards in an area. There are Bishops and Branch Presidents in each ward and branch, and the person who looks over them is the Stake President who is the leader of all the branches and wards where they are located. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Nick
The Purpose of Life here on this Earth, is to prepare to meet our Heavenly Father after this life. He sent us here to gain experiences and a body, so we can become more like Him. The way we prepare to meet Him is by keeping the Commandments, having Faith in His son Jesus Christ, being baptized by someone who has proper priesthood authority, and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and continually applying those aspects in our lives. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Nick
Not only do we Believe in the Bible and its teachings, we strive to live them and follow them with exactness. The Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Nick
When I first told my friends that I was a Mormon, they had no idea what that was. So I told them things that I didn't do, and things I believe in. They said that it was weird that I didn't smoke or drink coffee or tea and things like that, and that is what they really remember, the things that I don't do. Being a Mormon is really a lifestyle of sorts. Like any Christian, we give service when necessary, whether for welfare of others or humanitarian aid. Really I think the calling to be a Mormon is one of service. Look out for one another, follow Christ and his example, and love your family. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Nick
Well, we all have families. That is something that is true of everyone. Even friends can be part of your family. Wouldn't it be great if you could be happy with those that you love most forever? It is really amazing to think about especially if you have lost a loved one or a good friend. I know that I am happiest when I am with my friends and family. And I want that forever. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Nick
Just as you would in the Bible, repent and be baptized by water and of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Nick
Everything. Feelings, passions, nature, science, mathmatics, physics, colors, technology, anatomy, biology, astronomy, etc. God gives us everything so that we can know and develop. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nick
http://mormon.org/humanitarian-aid/ Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nick
Did Hebrews worship Moses? Did the Ephesians worship Paul? No and no. Joseph Smith was the prophet to bring in the restoration of the Gospel. He did many great and wonderful things despite lack of education, and resources. He was a man who was called of God like Moses or Paul. But none of them are Jesus Christ who is the Son of God. Jesus Christ is our Lord, Savior, Redeemer, King, Friend, Master, etc. He and our Heavenly Father are the only ones worthy of worship. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Nick
The fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The missionaries purpose for visiting is first, to invite others to come unto Christ. That is for all people they talk to, including members, non-members, even themselves. They teach about life after death, the purpose of life, how they know there is a prophet on the earth today, blessings of paying titheing, living a Law of Health, the Law of Chastity, the importance of prayer, etc. All of these things are revolving around one subject...Jesus Christ's love for all of us and the sacrifices he made to help us live. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Nick
The First Vision is reference to the Vision given to Joseph Smith when he asked God about which church to join. How are we saved? This question puzzled Joseph Smith for a very long time. He dedicated himself to find out. He went from church to church, reading as much of the Bible as he could. By this point in 1820, he was more lost than ever, until he read a passage in the book of James in the New Testament in the King James version of the Bible. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." This scripture hit him like a pile of bricks dropping from a crane. Duh! Ask God! (in modern thinking). He took James' cousel and in the woods behind his home and knelt in fervent prayer and asked for answers to his questions. Then a very marvelous happening occurred. "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me...When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other 'This is my Beloved Son, Hear Him'" This event is God and Jesus Christ answering his prayer, and calling him to be a prophet in these modern times. (also see: Numbers 12:6) Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Nick
Well, they are a lot better looking than Mormon men. :) hahahahahahahahahahahahahah... Anyway, men and woman are co-equals in many many things. Men are available to have the priesthood, therefore having them be the patriarch and provider for the family (in most cases for the former). Mothers have a God given talent to take care of children. But, both of them share the responsibility of their upbringing and they should be one in goals, purpose, and faith. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Nick
I am a Mormon! One of 14 million + We are firm believers in Jesus Christ and we know He is our savior. We are formally called 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints', however, we are called Mormons simply because we have another book of Scripture called the Book of Mormon which took place in Ancient America. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Nick
Salvation for the living and the dead. The temples were used in Ancient times as a place to commune with God. It was the most important structure for the Israelites, and Jesus Christ himself would go there to His "Father's House". So in modern temples, we too have the same privileges restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. We perform baptisms proxy for those who have died as an act of love. We desire the salvation of all people dead or alive. We also believe that families can be sealed for eternity through the priesthood power we possess. Peter was given the power to seal on earth and in heaven, and we claim that same power. Families can be together forever through being sealed in the Temple of God. Show more Show less

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

Nick
Church is often the place where we try to look our best. Some people don't have a fancy suit or fancy shoes, so really the dress code is, come with YOUR best. We celebrate most major holidays, there aren't any holidays that only Mormons celebrate. We also celebrate birthdays and anniversaries Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nick
No. I have friends who have served a mission, and who haven't. It is volunteer time to give your time and efforts 100% to serving and teaching. There are 56,000+ missionaries world-wide, we could always use more, but it is important that we choose for ourselves whether we serve or not. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Nick
We believe in showing our faith by our works. We love Jesus Christ so we will forever strive to follow his example and keep his commandments. We believe that Baptism is a necessary ordinance, Faith in Jesus Christ is a necessary belief, repentance is how we receive remission of sins, and The Holy Ghost is there to guide us. We go to sacrament meeting every sunday and partake of the sacrament to renew our covenants to God. After all of these things, we still fall short...we cannot work our way to heaven. The ordinances are necessary, but because we fall short, we cannot get to Heaven without mercy and grace from Jesus Christ. He is the one that makes the difference between our mortal lives, and us living with God again. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Nick
Nope. In Old Testament times, the Lord called certain people to live that lifestyle for no other reason than by wisdom of God. In modern times we did practice polygamy for a time and only a select few people were permitted by God to practice. Those who were unauthorized were excommunicated from the church. Today we do not practice. All we know is that the Lord commanded it for a time, as in times of old, but is no longer necessary or needed at this time. Show more Show less