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Hi I'm VAUGHN NICHOLS

I'm a Mormon. I'VE LIVED IN WASHINGTON FOR 47 YEARS, I'M AN ALARM TECHNICIAN, AND HAPPILY MARRIED FOR 41 YEARS.

About Me

I STARTED ATTENDING CHURCH WHEN I WAS 9 YRS OLD. DAD SLOWLY CAME IN TO ACTIVITY, PURSUADED BY MOM WHO WAS A FOURTH GENERATION PRESBYTARIAN, AND HAD CONVERTED TO MORMONISM. ALL HER QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED BY TALKING TO THE MISSIONARIES. WE WERE SEALED IN THE SALT LAKE TEMPLE WHEN I WAS 11. AFTER 7 YEARS IN OREM, UTAH, I CAME TO WASHINGTON. HERE I MET MY SWEET HEART, MY FIRST AND ONLY DATE, DEC. OF MY SENIOR YEAR. MY WIFE STARTED INVESTIGATING THE CHURCH, AND WAS BAPTISED BY MY FATHER, 3 MONTHS INTO MY NAVAHO MISSION. AFTER 27 MONTHS AS A MISSIONARY, I RETURNED HOME TO A GIRL WHO WAITED, AND WE WERE MARRIED 4 MONTHS LATER. I WORKED TWO JOBS FOR 15 YEARS, DOING AN ALL NIGHT PAPER ROUTE DURING THAT TIME, WHILE SENDING OUT 5 MISSIONARIES. ROMANIA, SOUTHERN ITALY, WEST TORONTO CANADA, CAPE VERDE ISLANDS, (PORTUGESE), AND ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, WERE THEIR MISSION AREAS. I HAVE A WONDERFUL WIFE, MARRIED 41 YEARS. WE HAVE 22 GRAND CHILDREN. I PLAYED BASE BALL AS A YOUTH, PITCHER, CATCHER, AND SHORT STOP. I LIKE WATCHING BASKETBALL, AND FOOTBALL, AND SOME FISHING.

Why I am a Mormon

AS A BOY, I WAS AN ADVENTEROUS SOUL. I WAS A.D.D. AND HATED TO SIT STILL IN A CLASS ROOM. i LOVED PLAYING BASEBALL WITH THE OLDER KIDS, AND LOVED TO EXPLORE AND RUN OFF TO THE DAIRY FARM AND JUMP IN THE HAY STACKS AND SWING ON A ROPE AND PLAY IN THE GRAINERY BINS, AND PLAY TAG AMONG THE COW PIES IN THE DAIRY. DAD GAVE ME AN ULTIMATUM TO NOT RUN OFF AGAIN. THE NEXT DAY, I SAW A BOY STEAL SOME ICE CREAM FROM AN ICE CREAM TRUCK. THE ICE CREAM MAN HAD ME TAKE HIM TO THE BOYS HOME WHERE WE FOUND THE PARENTS AND THE FAMILY ALL EATING THE ICE CREAM BARS, WHILE THEY DENIED EVERYTHING. ON THE WAY HOME I PRAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME ASKING THAT IF THERE WAS A GOD, WOULD HE PLEASE HELP ME NOT GET INTO TROUBLE. AMAZINGLY DAD IGNORED MY COMING HOME LATE, AND I THEN BECAME A BELIEVER IN GOD AND PRAYER. I WENT TO THE SALT LAKE TABERNACLE WHEN I WAS 12, AND AS PRESIDENT DAVID O MCKAY ENTERED THE NOISY ROOM, THE ROOM BECAME DEAD QUIET, EVERYONE STOOD AND WE ALL SANG I THANK THE O GOD FOR A PROPHET. I FELT A WONDERFUL SPIRIT COME OVER ME I I KNEW HE WAS A PROPHET OF GOD. AS I LEARNED OF JOSEPH SMITH A YOUNG BOY OF 14, I HAD AN OVER POWERING FEELING THAT THE STORY WAS TRUE. AGAIN AND AGAIN I FELT THIS IMPRESSION WHEN I HEARD THE STORY. I HAVE SINCE HAD MANY FAITH PROMOTING EXPERIENCES, ALONG WITH MISSION EXPERIENCES AMONG THE NAVAHO THAT HAVE LEFT AN IMPRESSION UPON MY SOUL AND I KNOW THAT THE GOSPEL HAS BEEN RESTORED TO THE EARTH. I HAD A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE WHEN BEING SEALED TO MY LOVELY WIFE AND A SPIRIT CONFIRMING TO MY SOUL THAT OUR FAMILY CAN BE FOREVER IF I AM TRUE AND FAITHFUL. I KNOW GOD HEARS MY PRAYERS AND LISTENS TO YOUR PRAYERS TOO. HE DOESN'T ALWAYS SAY YES OR ANSWER IMMEDIATELY, BUT HE IS A KIND, WISE AND LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER THAT LOVES ALL OF HIS CHILDREN.

How I live my faith

I PRAY WITH MY WIFE BEFORE LEAVING FOR WORK EACH DAY. AFTER A LONG DAY OF MY WIFE TAKING CARE OF HER 90 YEAR OLD MOTHER WHO IS IN NEED OF CONSTANT CARE, AND MY WORKING USUALLY A 10 TO 12 HOUR DAY, WE REUNITE FOR A MEAL TOGETHER AND THEN BEFORE RETIRING FOR BED, WE KNEEL IN PRAYER AND GIVE THANKS FOR OUR WONDERFUL BLESSINGS OF OUR FAMILY. I TRY TO READ THE SCRIPTURES OFTEN AND I SERVE AS A CLERK IN OUR CHURH. I STRIVE TO PRAY, AND KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN US, KNOWING THAT WE SHOW HIM OUR LOVE BY KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS AND LOVING OUR FELLOW MAN. I PAY TITHES AND OFFERINGS WHICH ARE OVER 10 PERCENT OF MY GROSS INCOME, AND SHARE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT I CAN WITH OTHERS. I KNOW MY FATHER IN HEAVEN HEARS MY PRAY, AND I KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL GOD'S CHILDREN. HE HAS A SPECIAL PLAN FOR ALL OF HIS CHILDREN TO RETURN HOME TO HIM. WE MUST FOLLOW THE SAVIOR INTO THE WATERS OF BAPTISM BY THOSE WHO HOLD HIS PRIESTHOD AUTHORITY. I LOVE MY FELLOW MAN AND YEARN FOR ALL OF THEM TO FEEL THE JOY AND HAPPINESS I FEEL INSIDE, WHEN I GO TO THE TEMPLE, AND FEEL HIS PRESENCE AND ASSURANCE, THAT COMES UPON ME BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST! I HAVE A LOVE FOR ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS.