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Hi I'm Mike Nichols

I'm an MBA graduate, working in the wireless telecommunication industry. I'm a husband, father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

What can I tell you about myself? What do you want to know? :) Let me begin by saying that I'm a husband and father. Family is an important part of who I am. It's why I work. It's what I come home to. Family is where I spend my free time. Sure, my family's not perfect, but we still love each other and want the best for each other. I know that family relationships don't have to be bad or difficult. We all have struggles with children and parents. But we don't come into this life with an instruction manual of how to deal with the unique and dynamic natures of life. For me, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has given me an understanding of the potential I have as a parent and as a child. Heavenly Father, the God of all Creation, is the Creator of our spirits. He gives us life and blesses us with the ability to learn, grow and develop. He wants us to make good choices that will bring us happiness and joy. I know God lives and loves each of us. For God so loved the world, that He sent His Only Begotten to atone for the sins of the world. That through the power of the atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, all people might be saved. There is nothing more important to me than my family and the relationship I have with my Savior, the Only Begotten of our Heavenly Father. He made it possible for our families to be together forever. Where death and sin have no power to separate us or bind us down.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents, older brother and sister all joined the Church later on in life, but I was born in the Church. I read the Holy Bible, and drew on the experience of my parents and their various religious backgrounds. My grandparents and extended family also belonged to various other religious groups. Although they did not believe in the teachings of the Church, I knew they still loved me. As I read the Book of Mormon, I took the opportunity to pray and ask God if the things I was reading were true or not. I felt a peace and reassurance wash over me...and I knew that those things were true. That meant that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God and that he saw and heard the things he claimed to hear and see. I'm a Mormon because the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have been clearly testified to my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ, before he sealed his mortal mission, washed the feet of the 12 Disciples. He taught that the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven would be the least and the servant of all. He taught each of us that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is established on members who serve one another without any material compensation. I help serve others by checking on members and neighbors. We call it home teaching, but it's more like being a good friend. I want to make sure that the people I visit have food and financial needs met. I want to make sure that they are healthy and that their personal needs are met. Above all, I want to make sure that their spirits are lifted and they are spiritually edified. I guess it sounds like a lot, but it's just being a good neighbor or friend. If I can help ease the burdens of others, then I am living my faith. We believe that we should do as Christ taught...to lift up the hands that hang low...to strengthen the feeble knees of those who falter along life's path, and to do what He would do if He was here today. I help in any way possible, and do my best to be a good person.

Are Mormons Christians?

Mike Nichols
Mormons are followers of Jesus the Christ. We talk and preach of Christ...His works and ministry, we rejoice in His redeeming love and eternal sacrifice that we may recognize the things we must do to repent and recieve remission of our sins. A Christian is an individual who acts in a manner pleasing to our Lord and Saviour. An individual who strives to follow His teachings and serve as He would serve. I strive every day to be worthy to take His name upon myself. To always be worthy to be called a Christian. We are far from perfect as human beings, but through the grace of our Lord, we can do better. As Christians, we accept all who honor the teachings of Jesus Christ and seek to do His will as fellow believers of the Lord. Show more Show less

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

Mike Nichols
The Church does not endorse political parties. They do, however, encouage their members to be good citizens under whatever government they may belong. We believe in being subjects to kings, rulers, and magistrates in obeying and sustaining the law. Members are further encouraged to participate and serve their communities and nations. While there may be some confusion about the role of government in the lives it's citizens, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not dictate how members should vote or participate in political affairs. Members are encouraged, according to their own dictates, to choose the best candidates to represent them and to sustain moral issues within their means and ability pursuant to the moral laws established by God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Mike Nichols
At the beginning of 2013, my Dad passed away. Most people don't think about death until they're either faced with it themselves, or when they lose a loved one. But because of Jesus Christ, we will never "lose" a loved one...not really. There will be a separation as "their spirits are called home to that God who gave them life", but--as the scriptures teach--we will see them again. I know that when I see my Dad again, he will have energy and health that he was missing at the end of his mortal life. I will recognize him, and he will recognize me. We will have a perfect recollection of all our life's events and will be surrounded by loved ones who went before us. It will be our privilege to spend time and all eternity with our families in a perfect social setting. We can be together forever, if that is the desire of our hearts. The work performed in the temples of the Lord, and the eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ make this all possible. The continued work of growing the kingdom of God will be of primary importance. Show more Show less

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

Mike Nichols
In a word, "Yes". The world seems to doubt the very existence of God, and yet I know He lives. Because He lives, I know that He has a plan for us. Our Heavenly Father does not just create things for the sake of creating them. There is a divine purpose in all that He does. God has always provided prophets to deliver His word to His children. Would a loving Father ever abandon His children when they needed Him the most? Of course not, and our Heavenly Father has not left us without help and guidance. Any time the Lord has had a message to give to His children, He has done so through the words of the prophets. Yes, we have a prophet that hears the words of our Heavenly Father. He guides and directs the work of the Lord upon the earth. We are free to follow the counsel that the prophet receives, but we are not free to choose the consequences. If there is a God, then there are prophets that walk the earth today. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He loves us and has a divine plan for our well-being. We need only to listen to the words of all His holy prophets down through the ages. Our Heavenly Father loves us. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mike Nichols
The name "Mormon" is a nickname people gave to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is not a name that members took upon themselves, but it has become accepted as a name commonly referencing members of the Church. In many ways, people use the title of "Mormon" to perpetuate the idea that members are somehow not Christian, or that we believe in a different Bible. Jesus Christ is the only way we are saved. His infinite sacrifice in the garden of Gethsemane and on the cross overcame sin and death and made it possible for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father. He is the Son of God and the Redeemer of the world. The Holy Bible is the word of God. Throughout the centuries, the teachings found within it's pages have been written and taught to convince (both Jew and Gentile) that Jesus is the Christ. We typically rely on the King James version of the Bible--in English. Perhaps a more accurate translation from Hebrew would be the Reina Valera (Spanish). The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture that validates and confirms that Jesus Christ lives. It testifies of the Bible and gives an account of the Resurrect Lord Jesus Christ to the people of the American continent. Mormon was an ancient prophet who compiled records covering a span of roughly 1,000 years of prophecy and witnesses to the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mike Nichols
The Bible is a witness that God lives. Not only that He lives, but He lives and loves us! The Bible is full of witnesses who have heard God's voice and seen His power. Prophets who can testify that God both lives and hears our prayers. God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is perfect and loves us with a perfect love. He sent His Only Begotten Son to show us the way to live. He sent Him to atone for our sins, and the Bible testifies that "with His stripes" we may be healed and made whole. Why do Mormons believe in the Bible? Because it's true. It contains the words that will lead a humble seeker of truth to all that is true. The Bible will lead us to follow the example of the Savior. The Bible is a witness for all that is true. As such, the Bible testifies of the Book of Mormon--and the Book Mormon testifies that the Bible is also true. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mike Nichols
We believe that God is the Father of every spirit son or daughter here upon the earth. For that reason, we send out missionaries to every land that will peaceably allow us to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We wish to help everyone...member or not. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mike Nichols
Those who serve in various capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give of their time and abilities free of cost. Selfless service often receives heavenly blessings which cannot be measured. So, no, we do not have a paid clergy. Those who serve the Lord will not lose their reward in heaven. We labor not for that which will melt with time, moth or rust. (Although we work in other occupations to meet our financial obligations of life.) Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Mike Nichols
The Lord created the earth and has blessed us with the abundance of it to sustain and refresh our souls. Work is an essential part of our temporal and spiritual existence. At times, people are unable to meet their basic needs for survival. This is not due to a lack of love or blessing from our Heavenly Father, rather it happens through the natural course of life's challenges. When people are unable to meet their basic needs, the Church has a program in place to assist members to become self reliant once again. Some of the program involves education and learning how to achieve independence from the bonds of debt and helplessness...be it spiritual or temporal. When we are unable to care for ourselves, we are unable to fulfill the mandate given to us from the Lord to help others. Society envisions welfare as a hand-out, but the Church offers a hand-up. We all have talents and abilities that we can contribute to the betterment of our community around us. It is not the scale of the work that we undertake when serving, it is the quality of the work. We strive to do our best. The individual is responsible to provide for their own needs; they may turn to family and friends for assistance; they may take advantage of government programs and benefits and, if necessary, the Church is there to help. The purpose of the Church's welfare services is not to maintain a certain lifestyle--the purpose is to guide the individuals back to the freedom of self-reliance and independence. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Mike Nichols
Our Heavenly Father loves us. He created a wonderful plan for our progression and happiness. That plan includes us coming to this mortal existence and learning to distinguish between good and bad, wrong and right. Unfortunately, we all fall short of His eternal perfection and by failing to remain clean and perfect, we could no longer return to our Heavenly Father's presence. Jesus Christ, our Savior; and the Only Begotten of our Heavenly Father, met the demands of justice and paid for our imperfections. He was crucified and rose again on the third day. He made it possible for us to repent. When our temporal body and mortal existence comes to a close, our spirits will rise to that God who gave us life. At the appropriate time, all will be resurrected because the Lord unlocked the prison of death. All have the opportunity to repent and be washed clean through His sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane. He drank the bitter cup--and did not shrink. He unlocked the prison doors and set the captive spirits of the righteous free from an eternal progression-less existence. He loves and knows each of us personally. He is acquainted with our troubles and trials. He will bear us up and has made a way for us to be made whole and clean again. Only through Jesus Christ and his atonement can we be saved. Only as we follow his example and keep his commandments are we made free and equal partakers of salvation. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Mike Nichols
Chances are that you already know a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of the Church are often referred to as "Mormons". Members of the Church are more than happy to speak with you about their feelings and beliefs. If you are hesitant about reaching out to a friend or neighbor--who happens to be a member of the Church--you can always speak with the missionaries. These young men and women devote this period of their lives to proclaiming the gospel and giving service to the communities where they serve. As ambassadors of the Church and representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ, they strive to serve as he asked His disciples to serve when they labored on the earth. Let me also encourage you to come to our meetinghouses! You are welcome to come attend our meetings (typically held on Sundays). Check out the meetinghouse locator on www.lds.org for times and locations. Chances are there's one near where you live. Show more Show less