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Hi I'm Nick

I'm a BIG family-man, a sports enthusiast, I love Arizona rainy days and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 22 years old from Gilbert, Arizona and I returned from serving as a missionary for the Church in the Nebraska Omaha Mission in early 2013. I have a mom, dad, and a brother and sister, and I am eternally grateful to have them in my life. I'm a college sophomore up at BYU-Idaho, studying Communications with an emphasis in Advertising. I love playing tennis and basketball as well as piano and guitar! I'm so grateful for the Church in my life and I know it will bless yours too!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that the principles and doctrines taught in this church, the original church established by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry and restored in these latter days, are true. I know that the Book of Mormon, as well as the Holy Bible, are the words of God written by ancient prophets, and meant for our day. There is no greater peace that comes into my life than to be a part of this faith. I'm so thankful to have the knowledge that my Heavenly Father loves me and that I can live in His presence with my family for eternity.

How I live my faith

Serving in Church callings with respect and honor, participating in and planning events with the youth and young adults, being a friend to everyone, and living the way God wants me to.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nick
It is not required to serve a mission. However, it is highly recommended! In fact, it has been asked of LDS members to serve missions by every prophet in our church. Those who serve on missions leave behind family, friends, school, work, and their normal everyday lives to serve the Lord in bringing others unto Christ. I served a mission in the Nebraska Omaha Mission from 2011-2013 and it has been the most enriching and fulfilling experience of my life thus far. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Nick
Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the 16th prophet and has been called to be the prophet since April 2008.   Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Nick
The Word of Wisdom focuses on keeping our bodies and minds clean and virtuous. It instructs us to stay away from coffee, alcohol, tea, tobacco, and other illegal or dangerous substances. We know that as we abstain from partaking in these things, we will be blessed. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Nick
Once upon a time, yes the LDS church did practice polygamy. Why? Because God commanded it, just like He commanded other prophets in ancient days ie Abraham, Moses, Solomon, etc.. But once the year 1890 came by, Wilford Woodruff, the prophet of that time, received revelation from God that we were to stop practicing polygamy. Since that time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not support polygamy in the slightest. In fact those members who are caught practicing it today are excommunicated from the church! Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Nick
Tithing consists of paying a tenth of your increase, or 10 percent of your income, to the church. For example, if you get 100 dollars one day, then you should pay 10 dollars to the church, that being 10 percent. The tithing is received and does NOT go to any church member or leader. Rather, the funds go toward the building of new meetinghouses, temples and other church buildings, as well as to other beneficial outlets. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Nick
The Mormon Church began at the beginning of the world with our first parents, Adam and Eve. They lived the word of the Lord and taught their children about Him. Many others taught the word of God throughout the ages, with ancient prophets such as Moses and Abraham, all the way down until the ministry of Jesus Christ. When Christ was on the Earth, He taught God's will and about what we need to do to return to live with Him someday. After Christ and His Apostles were eventually killed off, the true church of Christ was gone from the Earth. It wasn't until April 6, 1830 that His church was restored and was named The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many people in the world know us as the Mormon Church because of our belief in the Book of Mormon.  Show more Show less

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

Nick
They will teach you about Jesus Christ and how you can become closer to Him. They will talk about the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and various commandments that God has given to us in these latter days. They will help you stick on the straight and narrow path that ultimately leads us back into the presence of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The lessons and teachings they offer can bring much understanding and happiness in your life. 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
Yes! How cool is that?! During His ministry in Jerusalem, He stated that there were "other sheep I have which are not of this fold" and that He had to gather them. He was referring to the followers that lived in the Americas, who were anxiously waiting to meet Him. After Christ was resurrected and finished His business in the Old World, He appeared to His followers in Ancient America, where he healed the sick, blessed the children, organized His church, taught them more about the Gospel, and many other amazing and wondrous things. 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
Jesus Christ's church is perfect. The way He organized and described His church is how it should be established, regardless of what time period it's in. After Christ died, the 12 Apostles led the Church. After one Apostle died, they would call another Apostle to take his place, in Judas' case it was Matthias that replaced him. Other Apostles and leaders were called later on, such as Paul, who wrote a majority of the New Testament, and Stephen, who was stoned for his beliefs at the end of Acts 7. Eventually all the Apostles and leaders were killed off and Christ's perfect church was no longer on the Earth, beginning the Great Apostasy. With the restoration of His church, we know that it must have the same organization that the primitive church did. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 12 Apostles that leads and guides the church during these last days. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Nick
You absolutely need grace to return into God's presence. However we aren't saved by grace alone. We must do several other things as well. We are required to have faith in Christ and to be obedient to the commandments He has set forth. By grace, believing in Him, and our good works, we can obtain the highest degree of Heaven and live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever. There's no greater blessing! Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Nick
If you were speeding down the road in your car and an ice cream truck driver pulls you over to give you a ticket, what would you do? Probably laugh, throw the ticket in his face and drive away. Now if a police officer pulls you over, would you do the same thing? Of course not! The cop can and will give you a ticket because he as been given authority to do so. The same principle is applied to baptism. One who is performing the baptism must have received authorization from Church leaders as well as from God. This authority is called the Priesthood and it is given to members of the Church by the laying on of hands, as was done in Christ's original church. Those who have the Priesthood have the authorization from God to baptize and to preach the gospel. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Nick
The concept of baptisms for the dead have been taught since Christ organized His church. In fact, in 1 Corinthians 15 29 it is evident that Paul had continued to teach this true ordinance to the Saints. Billions and billions of people have come and gone from this Earth and have not been able to be baptized, or possibly have never even heard the name "Jesus Christ" before. Christ taught that a man must be baptized in order to enter the Kingdom of God - John 3 5. The LDS Church performs proxy baptisms, meaning being baptized in behalf of someone who has passed away, as a way for those who have died to receive this sacred ordinance and enter into Heaven. Even though a deceased person is baptized in proxy, that does not automatically make that person a Mormon. The person, as they wait in the Spirit World, can still use their agency and choose to accept the baptism or not. Show more Show less

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

Nick
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse politcal parties. Though it seems that many members lean the same way in the political game, the Church itself has no ties to any one candidate, platform, or party. However, the Church absolutely encourages its members to participate in political, governmental and community affairs. The Church urges all who can to support their country and leaders and to help make this world a better place. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Nick
Absolutely. God has always called prophets throughout time and He continues to do so today. In ancient days, His chosen prophets included individuals such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc. These men have brough forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ and commanded mankind to repent of their sins and follow the commandments of God to obtain eternal life. Sadly, many people chose to disregard their counsel and have even gone so far as to kill the Lord's servants. The Gospel was preached by Jesus Christ Himself and His Apostles but the people rejected them as well. Today, when much of the world is under the cloud of confusion and sin, God has once again brought forth prophets to once again preach the Gospel. Joseph Smith was the first of those prophets called during these last days. Today, the prophet's name is Thomas S. Monson. There has always been a pattern in history: a prophet comes and declares the Word and the people either accept or reject the Gospel. So the question right now is this: what will you do? Will you follow the Prophet or reject the word like so many have done before? Show more Show less