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Hi I'm Nick

I grew up next to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I'm a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up on an island in a family of very limited resources, I am now somewhat surprised that my life would have included living in places around the world. Now three times retired from the military, a job in a software company, and a wonderful 3-year job in the oil fields of North Dakota, I came back to Florida to do exciting work as a contractor associated with the FAA and wonderful people at the Harris Corporation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was especially blessed to grow up under the care of a mother who was converted to the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ right before I was born. She came from a family who had always been told of the evils of Mormonism. Yet she fell in love with a Mormon boy. From there she challenged members and missionaries who talked to her about the Church. In hearing of the plan of salvation and our pre-mortal life, the Spirit bore testimony to her of its truthfulness. My mother taught us well the principles she learned. From that point, I grew up with a thirst for knowing about the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets and the history of the Church. Everything I have learned and been exposed to in my life has confirmed what the Spirit has borne record to me. I have lived in many places, from Africa to Thailand, and have traveled the world. I have seen first-hand the privations and difficulties of our Heavenly Father's children and have experienced some of those myself. But in all these things, I know for sure that no matter what happens in the world at large, Heavenly Father is mindful of us all. He has a plan for us. No matter the worst the world can throw at us, this life is just a preparation for a far greater life to come for all his children. Still, I know that greater happiness can be found in this life by following the example of his son Jesus Christ than by any other path.

How I live my faith

I volunteer lots of time at Church where I oversee the teaching programs and teach myself whenever I can squeeze it in. I still love seeing the widows at Church every Sunday and giving hugs and seeing their eyes light up. (On the island where I grew up, we hugged everyone. It was decades before I realized that not everyone did this so freely,) Hugging is one of my gifts. :-) I have found that when counseling with others who have problems, a brotherly hug can help ease a lot of burdens. I have 18 grandchildren, and they are the joy of my life. There is never enough time to spend with them. This is where being an expert hugger comes in very handy. Not many small ones any more, so I am hopeful to see great grandchildren to hold, calm, pacify, and love while their parents rest. As a quasi-computer expert, I find that there are always people in the church and family and friends who need help. People still surprise me when they think I can magically rebuild a computer in an hour after years of neglect. The process can take a bit longer, but I love it when they get back a machine that works like new for them. These skills have come in handy at church. It still surprises that one of the key tech resources is the septuagenarian.