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Hi I'm Nick

I grew up in Oregon, Washington, & Idaho served a mission in Taiwan & Hong Kong. BYU grad. Retired. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a missionary in Hong Kong & Taiwan I learned Mandarin Chinese. After graduating from BYU I worked as a librarian, local government researcher, personnel analyst, city administrator, city budgets, college budget director, university financial manager, computer software support, financial and budget model builder, research manager, and finally retirement. I have 8 children and 26 grandchildren. We have lived in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Ohio, and Georgia. My interests are history, politics, world events, music (dance band trumpet player in high school) and forcasting (guessing) what the financial future of the country will be like (I was briefly an economics major and preferred the Austrian school before that was popular.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so I grew up attending each week. I was baptized a member of this church when I was eight years old. My family lived in the Northwestern States where members of our church were very few in number. Usually none to three would be attending any of my schools all the way through high school so I grew up for the most part without any other church friends. The only thing my classmates knew about my church was pioneers and Brigham Young (test questions). Some of my great grand parents were pioneers who travelled across the Great Plains with wagon trains to the Utah Territory. I met my great grandmother a few times before she died. She had walked as a young pioneer girl over one-thousand miles to get to Utah. This great pioneer heritage has influenced me throughout my life to rise above obstacles and try to remain true to my ancestors' beliefs. I have learned for myself through study and personal and prayful inquiry that this church is true. The sincere prayers of most Christians are answered and as they each continue to pursue truth their prayers and searches will lead them closer and closer to find it. I know it is easier to gain a testimony of which religion is true than it is to learn Mandarin Chinese although both require sincere effort. That effort will lead one to seek for enlightenment from above which is needed, according to the Gospel of John, to even see the kingdom of heaven in the limited view we can have in our mortal condition. I believe we lived as spirit children with our Heavenly Father before being born into this mortal existance, part of His great plan of happiness for us. I believe if we live doing our best to be kind and obedient we will be able to look forward to appearing at the judgment bar of God with a clear conscience and clean through sincere repentance. These beliefs feel right, they feel good to me and give me confidence in the future.

How I live my faith

My family attends church meetings each week. Our church gives us the opportunity to participate since we have no paid professional clergy. I have served in many capacities including Cub Scout Committee Chairman, Boy Scout Committee Chairman, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Genealogy Teacher, Primary Teacher (children under 12 years of age), Church Clerk, Executive Secretary. We help clean our buildings each week. Our meetings on Sundays last for three hours and are for each member of the entire familty regardless of age. Typically the first hour is for men in Priethood Meeting and for women in Relief Society. Children under twelve years of age meet together for the first two hours in Primary. The second hour is Sunday School with classes for each age group. Adults can learn about genealogy research, basic gospel principles, gospel doctrine, family relationships. The final hour is Sacrament Meeting in which members partake of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper (bread and water), listen to talks by church members, sing reverent hymns, have an invocation and benediction, all done by lay members.