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Hi I'm Nick David

I grew up in Arizona, I teach English to speakers of other languages, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

So I will admit right off the bat that I am a bit of a nerd. I love old movies, classic books, music from days gone by (especially Stevie Wonder and the Beach Boys), and I really value honest and true communication. When I was growing up my dad owned a funeral home, and I suppose that that whole experience got me thinking early about the meaning of life and God's plan for me since the inevitability of death was sort of a constant reminder. I just got married this past March and I am really finding out how the gospel of Jesus Christ relates to relationships, marriage, and love. I have taught English to speakers of other languages for the past five years, and I love the diversity that different cultural perspectives can bring.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger I would often help my dad with his work as a funeral director. I didn't help with any of the gross things, but I would fold programs, help dig graves, move headstones, open doors at funerals, etc. I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I think earlier than most people I started thinking about the purpose of life, and I was a sort of a pondering kid. I would go to funerals to help out or I would hear my dad talk about funerals from those of all faiths and no faith, and I saw how people dealt with the loss of a loved one. I think one of the things that struck me about my own faith is that instead of some hazy sense of "one day we'll be together" or of a heaven somewhere, there were real answers, answers that felt right, not answers that came without effort, but answers that filled my soul. It's been a long time since those days, but those same answers make me want to do better. For me, those answers bridge the great commandments loving God and Christ and loving my family and friends. There's a lot more I can share, and I've learned a whole lot since then, but more than anything, this faith is where I find answers to the questions I need to know in life.

How I live my faith

Where I teach I am the only member of my faith, and really I find that the way that I best live my faith is in doing just like Jesus Christ said and love others. I think another big part of living my faith is having a sense of humor. I work with the men in my ward (church group), and I sometimes end up giving the lesson on Sundays. I love teaching, but I still have a ways to go before I feel like I am a good leader. and I find that the clearest expression of how well I am doing at living my faith is in how I treat the people that are closest to me and those whose views are different than mine. I am also trying to be more socially aware and service oriented by participating in organizations in my area that help those in need.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Nick David
In many religions, those who are devout and seek to follow Deity in a more profound way often make special promises, vows, or covenants (i.e. Buddhist Monks, Catholic Priests and Nuns, Jewish Rabbis). In many of these religions, those who make these promises receive sacred clothing to remind them of those covenants. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the temple is sacred and considered the House of the Lord, and the ordinances and promises we make there challenge us to live more like Jesus Christ did. Although all people are welcome to come to our meetinghouses and to temple open houses, only members of the church who are spiritually prepared are invited to enter temples. For other churches often the clergy wear outer clothing to signify that they have made promises with God. For Mormons, there is no paid or professional clergy, and these promises we make are sacred and personal, so this clothing is worn on the inside, not to remind others of who we are, but to remind ourselves of the Christ-like people we are trying to be. Additionally, Mormons aren't trying to be secretive. Rather, just as someone would be careful for the right place and time to ask someone about personal and sacred things (i.e. talking about the loss of a friend, or about deep personal concerns), these things are sacred and deeply personal, and so really the only place that it is appropriate to talk about in detail what goes on in them is within temples themselves. Show more Show less