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Hi I'm Nicholas

I work in the Aviation Industry. I am a writer, and a lover of good television, movies, and music. I'm a Latter-day Saint!

About Me

I am a 21-year old Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was born, and raised in the church, and am the descendant of a prophet of God. I love my family and friends, and want them to understand the Gospel that I've grown to love over the short period of my life. My hobbies and interests range from collecting various objects (from little things like Pins, to large things like Lego) and I'm an avid Gamer. I have a great love and respect for the outdoors, coming from Alberta Canada, and I know that our Heavenly Father created a world of beauty for us to enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of this church, but I wasn't always a faithful member. I struggled with my personal beliefs for a long time, but as I showed faith, and put forward my effort, and I developed that faith, and I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that our Heavenly Father loves all of us. He wants us to show faith, and put forward that effort, so that our Heavenly Father can bless us, and we will be able to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is God, He loves us, and that He desires us to be drawn closer to him, to return to Him. I love my Heavenly Father, with the great strength, and I want more than anything to return to Him.

How I live my faith

As I am only a 21-year old male, I know that there is lots that I can do to help My Faith. I am currently serving a mission in the Colorado Colorado Springs mission. I invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel. Before I began my mission, I served as a teacher for adult men in the church, and I loved the responsibility that was given me, and it helped draw me closer to God, our Heavenly Father, and I learned so much as I prepared the lessons, as well as the insights the members gave me in discussion.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I attribute a few things to the growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Firstly, is the truthfulness of our message. People recognize the spirit our message carry, and desire to have that feeling with them at all time, and only through our gospel is that possible. Secondly, is our emphasis on the family. Our Church teaches that the Family is the most important social group on the Earth. We teach strong family values, and they haven't changed since the 1800's, even as family values have shifted and changed and degraded into how families currently often are. Broken, Single, and Endangered. Thirdly, is the purpose it gives to everyone. We answer all the oldest of questions, "Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?" Those three questions have stumped the greatest of philosophers, religious theologists, and religious leaders, and our Church has that answer for you. We give assurance that we are Children of God, we are all brothers and sisters in this life. And Finally, they find sociability. Lots of my closest friends are members of the church, and we all have the same link in the gospel. Some of my closest friends are polar opposites of me, and that's fine with me. Show more Show less

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

What are some things that tell you there isn't a God? Everything from space, the planet, us, tells us there is a God. Everything that happens exactly how it's supposed to testifies specifically that it does. An ancient prophet said "All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" (Book of Mormon, Alma 30:44). Have you ever seen something as simple as a leaf, and then thought about the complexity of it? What it's for, what it does, how that aids us, how that aids generations to come. Everything has a purpose in this life, from the tiniest of organisms, to the grandest of stars. Everything tells us that there is a God, and that he does love us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are sacred grounds, dedicated to do specific work for our Heavenly Father. If you remember, back in the Old Testament, the Lord directed Solomon to build a Temple. In the temple there, it was a place where God could dwell, of prayer, and of sacrifice, where the principle and covenant of sacrifice was an important part of gospel living at that time. After the Restoration of the Gospel, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to begin building temples once more upon this earth. Just as back then, they are places where God may dwell, of quiet contemplation and prayer, and while we no longer sacrifice animals to God, because of the Eternal Sacrifice of the Savior, Jesus Christ, the principle of Sacrifice is still an important law we follow in the Temple, where we sacrifice a broken heart and contrite spirit, rather than a pure lamp, or dove, or various other creature. In modern days, the temple is a place where we can learn truths that will aid us in the eternities, receive sacred ordinances, like joining husband and wife together through the eternities, and join children to their parents, and provide sacred ordinances like baptism to those who died before receiving the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the temple, and it means the world to me that I can attend the sacred ordinances that take place in there, to feel the spirit as strongly as I do in the temple, and to bear witness of my Heavenly Father, and complete those ordinances for my ancestors. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

The church opposes abortion, in the majority of cases. Many people justify abortion as a freedom of choice, while it's really a way to avoid consequences for our choices. There are two cases where an abortion is permissible, and those are when in the opinion of the medical professional the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered, or when the pregnancy was caused by a rape, and it causes serious emotional trauma to the mother. Even in those cases, it should be carried through after counsel with the local presiding authority, and after serious prayer about the choice. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Latter-day Saint (Mormon) missionaries are funded from their own pocket. We are all paying volunteers that serve to proclaim the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Every missionary puts in a set amount each month, that gets put into a big pot, and each missionary gets what they need to serve. So not only am I helping pay for my own mission, I'm helping send everyone else on their missions. Each missionary serves for a period of 18-24 months, Sisters (or women) serve for 18 months, and Elders (or men) serve for 24 months (or 2 years). During that time, we almost entirely cut ourselves off from the real world. We can write letters to family or friends, e-mail family, but we don't visit home until our two years are up, and we only get to call home two times a year, once on Christmas, and once on Mothers Day. Some mission activities are funded through tithing, but for the most part, it comes from our own pockets. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to serve a mission, that I can go forward, and preach the gospel that I have grown to love so much. I want nothing more than to show everyone, family, friends, and strangers, that this is the true gospel of Christ, and one way that I can do that is by leading by example. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There is no race or color restrictions upon who can join the Church, as well as who can receive the Priesthood. An official deceleration to the church states "every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood, with power to exercise its divine authority, and enjoy with his loved ones every blessing that flows therefrom, including the blessings of the temple. Accordingly, all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.” (Doctrine and Covenants, Official Declarations - 2, p.294) A modern prophet, named Gordon B. Hinkley, stated to the National Press Club of Washington D.C. "We believe in the old adage that many hands make light work. We have a lay priesthood, and every worthy man is eligible to receive this priesthood." Any worthy male, no matter the color or race, may receive the priesthood. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

How familiar are you with the life of Christ? If you will recall, before he began his earthly ministry, he met with John the Baptist, and was baptized, "To fulfill all righteousness". If Christ, a perfect being had need to be baptized for the remission of sins, why shouldn't we? It's not because of Adam's Transgression, That had to happen for us to be born, and to live. No, there's a bigger reason for baptism than that. When we are baptized, we take upon us a covenant, or a two-way promise, with our Heavenly Father. We promise to accept Christ, become his followers, and keep His commandments until the end of our lives, to Endure to the End. If we follow through with our side of the covenant, than we will be blessed with Eternal Life, to live in his presence for eternity. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord said, "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise" (D&C 82:10). It is important that we follow through on those covenants we make at baptism, and it's a lot easier to do it sooner, rather than later. A Book of Mormon Prophet said, "... I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end;... then cometh the night of darkness wherein no labor can be performed" (Alma 34:33). Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Usually when people ask me that, I tell them that Women don't hold the Priesthood, because our Father has given them a far more sacred and important responsibility than any man wielding the authority of the Priesthood, and that is the ability to rear children, because if he'd given it to us men, we'd botch it terribly. Another way to say it, and probably a more politically correct way, was said by the late Prophet, Gordon B. Hinkley, who said: “Women do not hold the priesthood because the Lord has put it that way. It is part of His program. Women have a very prominent place in this Church. Men hold the priesthood offices of the Church. But women have a tremendous place in this Church. They have their own organization. It was started in 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith, called the Relief Society, because its initial purpose was to administer help to those in need. It has grown to be, I think, the largest women’s organization in the world... They have their own offices, their own presidency, their own board. That reaches down to the smallest unit of the Church everywhere in the world..." He continued, saying: “The men hold the priesthood, yes. But my wife is my companion. In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise.” Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision is the moment in LDS history when Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet of God. As a young boy, only about 14 at the time, he was very confused about which church was true, seeing that many different churches were being founded, all teaching very different things. He was curious about the TRUE church. So in his studies of the Bible, he found a verse in the book of James, Chapter 1 Verse 5, which says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Joseph took that scripture to heart, and went into a small grove of trees in the Spring of 1820, and prayed. In his own words, he describes the even as such. "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me..." "...When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, who's brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them, spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other, 'This is my beloved Son, hear him!'" At that point, the Father and the Son testified to Joseph Smith, and prepared him to be the modern prophet, and to restore the Gospel to the Earth in this time. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

PRAY ABOUT IT. Simple as that. Get down, pray, and Ask our Heavenly Father if this is the true church. Of course, the answer won't come without effort. If you've never met with missionaries, or learned about the church, it won't make a difference. You have to read the Book of Mormon, ponder it in your heart, live the commandments, and seek the promptings of the Holy Ghost, which is the messenger of our Heavenly Father. How do we recognize the promptings? Easy, through our Thoughts and your feelings. What feelings are from the Holy Ghost? The Bible answers that, in Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Easy enough, right? Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Remember in the bible, where it says: "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16). Specifically, the apostle Paul reminds us that, "hey, we're temples of God, his spirit dwells with us, just like it dwells in his Holy Temples". He then says right after that "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 Corinthians 3:17). Pretty harsh. Our Heavenly Father has gone into some specifics on what he calls the Word of Wisdom, or the Law of Health he's given us. In the Doctrine and Covenants, he opens Section 89 with the phrase: "A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion". In this revelation, given to the prophet Joseph Smith, he revealed that there was some things that we are to avoid, namely, "wine" meaning alcoholic beverages, "strong drinks" which has been revealed to mean Coffee or Tea, "tobacco," and again through more revelation Illegal Drugs or addictive substances. He then goes into detail on things we should partake of, like, grains, fruits and vegetables in their season, and meat sparingly. He then promises that we'll have "shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets, much like the Bible. Some of these prophets include Nephi, Alma, Mormon, Ether, and Moroni. It was written over a period of about 2000 years, and talks about three distinct groups of people who lived here on the American Continent. The first, being the Jaredites, who came across around the time of the Tower of Babel, when the languages were confounded by God. The Book of Ether, located near the end of the Book of Mormon, is a record of their dealings, about 1000 years. This record was compiled by Moroni, the son of Mormon, and added to the record that was translated by Joseph Smith, Jun.. The second and third groups are called Nephites and Lamanites, who came across around 600 B.C., and originated from two sons of Lehi, Nephi and Laman, and covers 1000 years, including the ministry of Jesus Christ among the Nephites shortly after his death and resurrection in Jerusalem. While the entire record of these people has been lost over time, the Book of Mormon is the remnant of these people's lives, and testifies boldly that Jesus is the Christ, and promises that anyone who prays to the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, can and will receive an answer by the power of the Holy Ghost if it is true, and that is the message we bear to all men, to pray and ask God, the Eternal Father, if it is true. Show more Show less

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

Jesus Christ founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through the Prophet Joseph Smith in the year 1830, ten years after Joseph Smith, at the age 14, saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, and he was called to be a prophet at that time, and through Joseph Smith, was the true church restored to the Earth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We have never, nor will we ever worship Joseph Smith. He was an instrument of our Heavenly Father and the Savior to restore the Gospel to the Earth. Joseph Smith was essentially a Modern-day Moses. The only beings we worship are God the Father, and Jesus Christ. A good comparison is Joseph Smith was an important character, but if he did not fulfill he responsibility, our Heavenly Father would've called another to fill that role, unlike Jesus Christ who if he hadn't fulfilled his role, we'd all be damned. It's that plain and simple. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is a "hope for things which are seen, which are true" as taught by the Book of Mormon prophet, Alma. Faith to me is an opportunity to be taught and enlightened by the Holy Ghost, if you have a) the faith to be taught by the Holy Ghost, and b) the desire to act upon that answer, in other words, to have faith that the Lords answer is correct, and you should follow it. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

In a revelation to Joseph Smith in 1838, he was told that the name of the Church was to be "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Since then, we have been known as Latter-day Saints. The members of the primitive church were called Saints, and we're Latter-day Saints, because we live in the Latter-days. It's simple. The name "Mormon" is a nickname chosen because of the Book of Mormon. It was given to us because of our belief that it is the word of God, which goes Hand-in-Hand with the Bible, becoming a second-witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Faith is probably one of the few things that I've truly developed that I feel I could always develop more of. I've learned that our faith develops as we do the things our Heavenly Father asks of us, like pray, keep the commandments, and study his word. Show more Show less