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Hi I'm Nick

I love the outdoors, I want to be a mechanical engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah where I learned to love the outdoors. My fondest memories growing up were the times I got to spend with my family camping and fishing in a variety of places, including the many national parks throughout the Rocky Mountain West. I also had the opportunity to be involved with the Boy Scouts of America, and am grateful for the support of my family in helping me become an Eagle Scout. In addition to spending time in the outdoors, I also love to learn. I always enjoyed school, and stretching myself as I tried to learn and understand new things. Thanks to many wonderful teachers that I have had over the years, I have learned the value of problem solving, and realized I want to be a mechanical engineer. I love to spend time fixing things, whether it be my car, a project around the house, or anything else that may have broken. In my free time, I love to be active and playing sports. Some of my favorite hobbies include Ultimate Frisbee, racquetball, mountain biking, boating, skiing, and golfing. I may not be the best at any of them, but I have always enjoyed being outside with my friends playing sports. I have also spent some time playing lacrosse, running track and cross country, and trying to learn new sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family where I was raised as a Mormon, but I still had to develop my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I grew up, I learned all about the Mormon church, but it was not until I began college that I realized why it was important to me. It was easy for me to grow up and simply go to church because I was supposed to. However, as I began the Mechanical Engineering program in college, I was busier than I ever had been before. I suddenly had many large and stressful challenges that lay around me. I had to find a way to pay for my schooling, finish all my homework, and start my own life. In this time of transition as I started to begin my own life and decide what was important to me, I found strength from my faith. During school, it is so easy to get caught up in assignments, work, and other obligations, that it can be hard to find a relief from the stress that naturally comes. For me, the relief from the stress only came through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I had the opportunity to attend classes the church sponsors for college students, called institute, and it was there that I could feel overwhelming peace. I knew every time I went to learn more about the scriptures, and about the church, that Heavenly Father loves me and that this is his church. As I compared the happiness and direction that I had to others I knew who were not members of the church, my testimony of this gospel was strengthened. I grew up learning about how Heavenly Father loves me, the beliefs of the church, and everything else, but I did not know that they were true until I had experiences in my life that allowed me to know that they are true.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to live my faith. They range from small service projects to helping organize large gatherings. I grew up knowing that if any of the neighbors moved, my father would have me come with him to help the neighbors load up the moving truck, or unload the truck when someone else moved in. If any of the neighbors were sick, or going through a hard time, I was able to go with my mother to deliver a dinner, or a plate of cookies to them. There were also many times that I had the chance to serve with other members of the congregation cleaning up places in the community, helping people with yardwork, preparing relief kits for natural disaster victims and many other projects. As I got older, I had the chance to become more involved in planning some of the church activities. I was able to help plan boating trips for the local college students, sports tournaments for those that lived nearby, and some smaller activities during the week as a nice break from homework for a bunch of the neighbors. Currently, I have the wonderful opportunity to devote two years of my life to serving a full time mission in the Texas Houston South Mission. This opportunity to devote all my attention to blessing the lives of others has been the greatest time of my life. Through spending all of my time teaching people about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have seen the Lord's hand touch so many people's lives. The most important time I have had to live my faith though, has been in my day to day life in the past. Simply striving to keep the commandments, pray, and read scriptures on a daily basis. This has allowed me to understand how the Savior would act on a daily basis if he were to live today. Small, unplanned acts of service, or answers to small sudden prayers have strengthened my knowledge that God loves me so many times. It is the little things that matter most.