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Hi I'm Nick

I've lived on both sides of the United States, and in between. I'm a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am new to life, and I want to learn all that I can about it! I love being with people in new places doing new things; I enjoy making an adventure out of my life. I have one big brother and one big sister, and two great parents. I love my family! A little before I turned 19-years-old, I chose to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was called by God through President Thomas S. Monson to serve in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. My family and I worked so that I could support myself during the two years that I spent there teaching the Brazilian people, and learning from them. This has been a blessing for me and the experiences I have from that time are precious and sacred to me. I love to reflect on them. I play tennis, I snowboard, I play all kinds of sports when I have the opportunity, but nothing makes me happier than knowing that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and my family and that has a plan that will allow us to be together for eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I would call myself the typical skeptical person of my generation. I am curious, and I have a lot of questions. I have learned that you can make all the intellectual speculations and observations in the world, but the true test to find truth is through acting on the things we read in the scriptures. I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, but I wasn't born with a testimony that Christ lives. This is something I had to find out for myself. Over periods in my life, I observed that following the teachings of leaders that God has called makes a very big difference in how I feel, act, and speak. My heart has become softer and more understanding, my words are decent, and I have a desire to do good to others, no matter who they are. I learned that keeping the commandments was good, and that the church taught good concepts; however, I knew that if it wasn't true, if it wasn't God's church, then it didn't matter to me. I could do those things on my own. The most reasonable solution seemed to be to find out if the Book of Mormon was true, if it wasn't, then Joseph Smith couldn't have a been a prophet, and God really didn't establish His church through him in 1830, Joseph Smith would simply have set up a good organization that teaches nice things. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is true. This knowledge gives me a firm testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it is true. Only those who open the Book of Mormon with a sincere desire to find truth and a softened heart can understand the reason I am able to say that I know these things to be true. God provides the necessary means for every one of His children to come to know Him and His son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have had the wonderful opportunity help out in the church and in my communities, thanks to the church leaders that have asked me to fill various positions in the church. I have organized activities for young men and women, coordinated with other leaders in the church to go on many scouting/high adventure expeditions. I have spoken with youth groups that I was a part of and worked with other youth to think up and put together creative and wholesome activities for everyone to have fun doing! I've only sustained minor injuries participating in the activities I've come up with. I also participated in the clean up effort after Hurricane Katrina devastated so many homes in New Orleans and the surrounding area. It was really fulfilling to help those who were in so much need at the time.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

God, our Heavenly Father has a great love for every single one of His children. Ever since the beginning of mankind, He has made a tremendous effort to help and guide His children so that they can return to His presence. He does this by calling someone, called a prophet, to teach His people. We see in the scriptures that time and time again, God has called a prophet like Adam, Noah, or Moses to be a guide to the people. Eventually the people reject the prophet, turning away from God and His teachings. This happened many times throughout the history of the world. After Christ came and was rejected, so were the leaders that He called, like Peter, James, and John. Eventually, once again, the people rejected Christs teachings. Then, in 1820, once again, God began to prepare someone to be a prophet and a leader to His people. This person was named Joseph Smith. God, through Joseph Smith, restored His church to the Earth; this church is the same one that was established many times through other prophets that we read about in the Bible. So the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ Himself; He simply works through authorized servants whom He chooses. How comforting it is to know that it is truly Christ who is at the head of the Church! Show more Show less