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Hi I'm Nick

I'm a red-head. I'm a writer. I dance like an awkard white kid. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My passion is life is the written word--I love how words can come together to tell a story and how a different word, though meaning the same thing, can outright change the meaning of a story. I write mostly Young Adult Fantasy. Some might call it nerdy. I just call it cheap therapy. I'm a junior at the University of Utah--studying English with a Creative Writing emphasis. I'm also doing my Pre-Med work, but I'm still not sure if that's what I want to do with my life. Currently, I'm bouncing from medicine, law, political science, and psychology/social work (and let's be honest: dropping the whole institution and pursuing my writing.) Nothing makes me happier than my family and friends (most of which I consider to be my family...hmm...). Too many nights have been spent wandering around the streets Salt Lake City, having a few friends packed into my old, dearly beloved '89 Honda Prelude (her name's Carla), blasting music and belting it out at the top of your lungs. Best. Nights. Ever.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've seen the difference. I'm not the run-of-the-mill, Salt Lake bubble child. I was inactive in the Church--my dad wasn't a member. My parents divorced when I was really young. When I was eight, my step-father (whom I consider to be my father) got us reactivated in the Church. And we have been so blessed because of it. Growing up, I'd visit my real-dad's house and there was a distinct difference between my house in Utah that was centered in the Gospel. In my faith, I have the promise to be with my family forever. And you better believe that I am stoked to rock out the eternities with them. I hadn't always accepted this faith. My first year of college, I went through a real difficult time and I questioned a lot of my core values and beliefs. There was a long while where I believed that God didn't exist and that we were on our own here in the world. And I was miserable. But then, one day, I thought I'd really give this thing a try. I got on my knees and I prayed to know if God was there. He was. And that was when I knew that I needed to serve an LDS mission.

How I live my faith

I'm doing the best thing in my life right now--I'm serving a mission. Currently (as of 10/10/11), I am at the Missionary Training Center (3 weeks left!) but I'll soon be going all the way down to Osorno, Chile. My mission is the southern most mission in the world (yes, there are penguins. Woot) and I am so excited to share this happiness that I feel in the Church with the Chilean people. I don't think I could be living my faith any better. I'm leaving my own life behind and devoting myself to serving God.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Nick
To me, people are too complex, too beautiful, too incredible to be simply the result of millions of years of genetic "mistakes." Just the human brain is enough to give pause for a simple empirical explanation. The way that it is able to store memories--images, sounds, smells, textures, emotions--and pull on them on will is simply amazing. Then, it is the central hub for the body's functioning, development, and locomotion. The way that neurons connect and work together is just too intricate to happen via mutation. While I do recognize the mathematic probability that it could happen, that all the diversity of life found on the earth is product of genetic mutations, I find the explanation of a Supreme Creator much more likely. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Nick
Hey, I'm one of those missionaries! I can help here. Our purpose as missionaries is "to help others come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel..." What we will do is teach you the goodness of this Church and help you understand what it can do for you. We adapt our teaching and our lessons around what we perceive your needs to be and will help you make covenants, or two-way promises between you and God, including baptism to help you build a stronger relationship with your Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Nick
Always, we need to have faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World. It is ONLY through him that we are able to be saved and be able to live with God, Our Eternal Father. This faith is a belief, a confidence, almost a resolve, that Christ paid for our sins and redeemed us all from our fallen state. This kind of faith leads to action. Because we have this firm faith in Christ, we want to follow his example and his teachings. During this life, we can be saddled with some very heavy burdens and responsibilities. We need to believe that we can do it and accomplish all that is thrown our way--with the help and support of the Lord. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Nick
Families are the social basis of society. The Church recognizes this and goes one step further (okay, maybe a few steps further). Families are so important in this Church because we know that if we live faithful to the commandments and follow the example of Jesus Christ, we will be able to be sealed to our families for time and all eternity. I have a firm belief that the 5 saddest words in the English Language are "'til death do you part." To only be married to your spouse who you treasure and love and cherish for this lifetime seems depressing and outright unfair. But we believe that through the ordinances of the temple, we can be with them in the life hereafter. Forever. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Nick
There is a distinct difference between same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior. Same-sex attraction is a legitimate problem for many Church members. It, like any other temptation, is something that needs to be controlled and curbed according to the will of our loving Father in Heaven. I'm not saying that it's easy. I'm not even saying it's fair. But 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that there is no temptation in this world that we cannot over come. Homosexual behavior, as it always has been, is strictly prohibited. Can't really say it much better than that. I have no problem with those that struggle with these issues. I love them. I understand them. My heart goes out to them. But I know that this Gospel is one of transformation. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our very natures can be changed. No, these problems might never go away during this life, but strength and support and true, eternal happiness can be found in this Gospel. Please, don't judge the Church based on the actions or attitudes of individual Church members. We love everyone, just not all what they do. Show more Show less