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Hi I'm Nick

My family and I are members of the church. We love how the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us how families can be together forever.

About Me

I grew up playing sports. First it was baseball, then a little soccer, and then a long distance runner in cross country and track. Most of all, I loved to play basketball with my friends. I participated in Scouts and received my eagle scout award for anyone who knows what that is. I still don't know how to use a compass or how to tie a knot that isn't a shoe lace. It wasn't always fun but it taught me many other skills that I use daily in my life. When I graduated from high school I attended a year of college and then went on a mission for my church to the Oklahoma City. I would describe my mission much like my scouting experience. It was hard but worth the time and energy spent doing it. I spent 2 years on a mission for my church and then returned home to continue attending college. About a year after my mission experience, I was playing basketball with my friends when I suddenly collapsed. I remember waking up feeling so weak, that I only had the energy to move my head to see all my friends staring back at me. I wanted to go to sleep but I knew my situation was very serious, so I fought to stay awake. I was then brought to the hospital where the doctors did a bunch of test and learned that I had developed a cardiomyopathy. That is a fancy way of saying your heart was attacked by a virus, which weakened the heart muscle, then became enlarged, and ended up straining itself. I'm grateful that my life didn't end that day.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I grew up in the mormon faith but like everyone else, I had to find out for myself if the things I had been taught to me growing up, was the truth. As a youth, I faced many temptations. Temptations that seemed attractive and fun, but they all had potential negative consequences. In my youth I was faced with the decision to pray to know whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church upon the earth or if it wasn't, then I wouldn't feel bad joining in on the worldly fun. I attended a week long church sponsored camp called Especially For Youth. I remember each time I tried to pray, I was interupted. I tried my dorm room, the bathroom, the stairway. All I wanted was a moment alone, in peace and quiet to ask a simple question. Is the The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints the only true church? I knew if I asked God, he would tell me. Toward the end of the week, the answer came. I surely felt the spirit confirm to me in my mind and heart that this was the same gospel originally organized by Christ himself and that he still leads his church today through Prophets and Apostles. I remember tears came to my eyes but I did not cry. I think that was because I was surrounded by people. The details were cloudy but my answer was clear. It's true. What a great feeling that was. Faith and prayer work! Some times I can be a skeptic, but the only way to know for sure is to try it. He see our potential and he wants us to reach it. He will not force us but he will invited us. To whom ever may read this, I invite you to PRAY, as I did, to know whether this is the only true church. God would not call a false prophets to lead his church. The gospel principles that I've been taught my whole life have helped me avoid mistakes and make choices that have blessed my life, as well as the lives of others. May we all gain that witness for ourselves. Take care friends.

How I live my faith

I've had several callings in the church where I've worked with kids, youth, and adults. I can't say any of these positions or callings were my favorite. I just consider all of them opportunities to serve others. Currently I am the 1st Counselor in the Branch Presidency. It's humbling when the Lord entrusts you with great responsibilities. Its all worth it when you see how happy people become as they choose to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those people inspire me to be better then what I am. Outside of my church callings, I always look for opportunities to serve others. I'm helping a women in the Utica area who is working on restoring abandoned cemeteries. I became involved in her work when I was seeking out my own family history. Currently we have restored two cemeteries. One of them contain the grave stone of my great great grandparents. I consider that a blessing from serving others. Had I not met Wendy and decide to become involved in her cemetery clean ups, I might not of discovered my ancestors cemetery or gravestone. When it comes to "How I live my my faith," I don't have a clear answer for that. For me, its about the message I'm sending to others in what I say and do. Does how I dress reflect the way the Savior see's me? Do I look at the short comings of others or do I see the potential that Heavenly Father sees in all of us? How often do I make time for the Savior? Once a week? Once a day? Continually? Are my ambitions and goals similar to my Heavenly Fathers? I would like to say I am not perfect. I beat myself down with disappointment. I try so hard and still fall short. The beauty about the atonement is that, no matter how hard we try, no matter how many mistakes we make, no matter how awful we may feel, the Savior provided a way for us to make up for our short comings. I have felt the Saviors influence in my life and I know he is real. He exists like you and me, and he is essential to our external goal.