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Hi I'm Nick

I was born and raised in Michigan and I now live in Texas. It is wonderful being a Mormon!

About Me

I was raised in Michigan and come from a family of 7 children. My mother is from a family of five children and my dad is from family of 11 children. As you can imagine, there were always plenty of cousins to play with and family reunions were a great time to get together, take pictures and tell stories. I learned to love the outdoors through my parents, who were avid campers and outdoor enthusiast. I have fond memories of camping trips throughout the state and enjoyed being from a larger family. My wife and I now live in central Texas and we have four children--a daughter and three sons. We also have three grandchildren that we love dearly. I still like to be outdoors and enjoy camping and fishing. I also am a boy scout leader and I enjoy helping young men discover the world of scouting and watching them grow into great young adults and finding their place in life. I am an entrepreneur and working as a consultant for a commercial mat manufacturer. I enjoy sports and participated in a number of them as a young man, but now I mostly enjoy them as a spectator, especially college football. Go Blue! We love to work on genealogy and discovering different members of our family and their stories from the past. We have found some interesting characters throughout our search and we have had more than one laugh at the expense of some of our ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family that practiced their religion and attended church regularly. We were not Mormons, but we were taught to follow Christ and his teachings. I remember being in my 16th year and as some young people will do, began asking questions about the purpose of life. I could not find the answers that satisfied me so I began, for the first time, to read the New Testament. As I read of Christ, his followers, and his teachings, I noticed that there were things that he taught that I could not find in my own church so I began asking questions of others. Again, I could not find the answers to my questions. A couple of years later I met someone in one of my high school classes that ultimately could answer some of my questions, such as, what is the purpose of life and what happens to us when we leave this earth. I was given a copy of the Book of Mormon and asked to read and pray about the things I was reading from this book and the Bible. Once I did this, I believe it altered the course of events in my life. The answers I received felt as though I had walked through the doors of my own home—safe and secure with my family. Once I decided I had found what I was looking for, I jumped in with both feet and never looked back. I have never been happier in my life and knowing that I can always be with my family through eternity has given me a sense of purpose to live each day to its fullest and do the best I can. That is why I became a Mormon and why I still am.

How I live my faith

Living my faith, to me, means trying doing to do the things Christ would want me to do every day. He visited the sick, fed the hungry and taught others of his gospel. I wish I could say I was successful at these things every day, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Still, I try to help those that need help. I can say that serving my family and others, even in small ways, brings the most happiness to my life and continually reminds me of one of the reasons of why I am here on earth. Even the smallest things, such as a simple smile or a friendly hello, could be just what someone needs for that day. I also serve others in our church. My wife and I have worked with many teenagers in the church and it reminds us of when we were their age and the things we went through when we were younger. Teaching the gospel is easy. Living it is another matter, but I find it to be most fulfilling.