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Hi I'm Nick

I grew up in central Texas. Moved around with work and school and eventually came back to Texas to raise my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of five. Three kids have graduated high school and are moving on and we have 2 teenagers left at home. We've moved around a bit with work and school, but have settled back in Texas the last 13+ years. I studied engineering and business and now am working in the marketing field after graduate school. I've lived in Japan as a missionary and have traveled in south Asia with work. I love to fish when I can find the time or just enjoy the great outdoors. I do a lot of work on my cars. I'm into computers and all sorts of technology. I love music of all kinds and almost studied to become a full-time musician, but changed course after high school. Now I enjoy occasionally playing brass ensemble music with 3 of my boys who play French horn, trombone, and baritone along with my trumpet.

Why I am a Mormon

I became interested in religion during my high school years while playing a music gig during the Christmas season. It was sort of a spiritual awakening I had all alone in my family. Through a dear friend, I was able to obtain books about the restoration of the gospel and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I eventually attended church and purchased my own copy of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I spent the summer reading the entire book, among other standard works of the church. The promise at end of the Book of Mormon in Moroni chapter 10 verses 3-5 is very real and literal. I put that challenge to the test and read and prayed about the truthfulness of Book of Mormon. I received a clear witness that the book was in fact the work of God and was indeed true. Once I knew the book was true, everything else fell into place. I had to act. I joined the church and was baptized on July 1, 1981. It was one of the most important decisions I ever made in my life that set me on a course that has given me all of what I have today that I treasure. I'm grateful to be married to a wonderful women for time and all eternity, not just 'to death do us part'. I'm grateful for the knowledge of why I'm hear on this earth and that I can spend eternity with my wife and my children if we choose to live up to the covenants we've made with God. Knowing Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness gives me the perspective I need to look beyond the day to day grind of working for the sake of just earning money. I know what my role is in His plan. I spent 2 years serving as a missionary in Japan, helping others understand and discover what I had learned. I look forward to continuing to be a witness to others who are earnestly seeking to understand the simple truths that God has revealed to us. Perhaps some day, my wife and I can dedicate our full time to serving as missionaries together.

How I live my faith

I participate as part of the local lay priesthood leadership in my area congregation of the church. We volunteer to teach and serve one another. We visit one another monthly and look after those that have special needs or challenges. I also participate in the youth programs of the church. The boy scouting program is the official young man's activity program of the church. I've served as Scout Master, Committee chair, as well as unit commissioner. Right now I serve on the advancement committee, helping our young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Frequently we have the opportunity to serve at the Bishop's Storehouse, which is a local church-owned food bank that provides necessities to those in need in the area. We also as occasion arises work on service projects in the community such as clean-up after natural disasters (hurricanes, fires, etc.) and provide service to other community outreach organizations that need help.