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Hi I'm Nick

I've got a wife and a 1 year old daughter and I'm currently in medical school to become a doctor. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Rexburg, ID. In other words, I started out in a trailer park with a large, greasy mullet. My father started going back to church when I was 6 or 7 years old. After that, we moved to Utah for a brief stint while my dad graduated from BYU. Then we moved to San Jose, CA which is where I grew up. After I graduated high school, I attended BYU myself. After my freshman year I served a 2 year mission to Mendoza, Argentina. After my mission, I came home and married the girl of my dreams. I'm currently attending medical school in Pennsylvania, and I'm loving it.That's my brief life sketch. Aside from medicine, I love studying philosophy. I hope that one day I can go back to school and get a PhD in philosophy. I'm a deep thinker and I have a thirst for truth, which is why I'm so intrigued by philosophy. I'm also really interested in history, both ancient and modern. Not a huge fan of art. I don't get it. I'm pretty much addicted to Oreo's and Ice Cream. I'm obsessed with both. As far as hobbies & such go - I like sports quite a bit. I LOVE college football. That's what I follow the most. I like the BYU Cougars (of course!) and the Oregon ducks. I also like racquetball, volleyball, bowling, and basketball. I'm not very good at any of them, but I enjoy them all. The final tidbit I will mention is that I am the father of a beautiful little red-headed girl. She is 15 months old and brings so much joy and cuteness to my life. My family is my absolute favorite hobby!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that the “Mormon” church is in reality the true Church of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that it teaches the true doctrine of Christ. This knowledge has come to me in many parts and through much toil and effort. The Church teaches that anyone can receive a divine witness as to the truthfulness of these things and in my youth, I spent many long, frustrating nights praying to gain that assurance. For some reason, the Lord didn't see fit to reveal the truth unto me until about half way through my 2 year mission. I was reading a simple talk about the First Vision of Joseph Smith as given by a previous church president. I was reading it on a normal day, in Spanish, to practice the language. At the end of the talk, the speaker bore his own testimony about Joseph Smith. As a read his simple testimony of the truth, the Spirit pierced my soul and a feeling of pure joy overwhelmed my soul. Every time I looked at the words "Joseph Smith" the Spirit washed over me more and more. Even to this day, I could never deny the great experience that I had in which the Holy Ghost gave me a sure witness that Joseph Smith truly was a prophet and that he saw Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ in the sacred grove that day in 1820. I now know that it is all true. A second experience also illustrates why I'm a member of this church. While preparing for missionary service in the missionary training center we were watching the movie “The Lamb of God” during a devotional. As the movie played, I was reflecting on the sacrifice of the Son of God and I asked God in prayer, while sitting there watching, if that sacrifice was really wrought for me personally. Immediately, and miraculously, the Holy Spirit bore witness to my soul that Jesus of Nazareth verily is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and that He knows ME and died for ME. What a special experience that was. For reasons such as these (and for many, many others) I am proud to be a "Mormon."

How I live my faith

I am currently in charge of setting up and managing a cub scout pack in our local congregation ("cubmaster"). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has had a very strong partnership with the Boy Scouts of America for a long time and it's a program that the Church often utilizes to teach boys and teens important life skills. Our congregation had gone quite some time without an organized Cub Scout pack, and so my wife and I were assigned by our bishop to get the program up and running. It has been quite an adventure since I haven't done cub scouts since I was 8 years old myself and my wife has no background in scouting. So far it is going well, and the group of 8 or so boys are starting to show up regularly. We have learned a lot in the process and we have a lot of fun with the boys. We are honored to be able to work with them and be a positive influence in their lives. I am also involved in hometeaching some of the other members in the congregation. I have had some wonderful, positive experiences being in the home of some of my fellow brothers and sisters and doing my best to minister to them. Other than that, I just strive to serve and do whatever my leaders ask me to do. For example, today I was able to give the gift of the Holy Ghost to one of our cub scouts after he got baptized. I'm grateful that the Priesthood of God has been restored to the earth through my Church and that laymen like me have the chance to minister as the Savior would. I served a mission in the wonderful land of Argentina for 2 years.