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Hi I'm Nick Raiger

I'm a husband and father of three. I love skiing and mountain biking. I help stop heart attacks. I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of three kids. I have two girls and a boy. I am getting to be an avid mountain biker. I love the outdoors, especially skiing, fly fishing and hiking. I am a cardiac cath tech which means that I get to help stop heart attacks, which is a pretty cool job. I'm also going to school online to finish my bachelor's degree in business management. I was born in the bay area of California, moved to Truckee, CA when I was five and then my parents decided to move to Twin Falls, ID about a year after we joined the church in Lake Tahoe.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because when I was eight years old my parents decided to try to find a religion that could help them raise me and my older brother. My dad was a Lutheran and my mother had been raised by what you would call a "Jack-Mormon" dad and her Catholic mom. At the time we lived near some relatives that were Mormons, so one day I asked my mom why we weren't going to the same church as them. Shortly thereafter my mom asked my cousin for a copy of the Book of Mormon and she and I began to read it. We read about Jesus visiting the Americas, and as my cousin had instructed us we knelt in prayer to ask if what we read was true. I remember feeling a very calm and peaceful feeling and though I didn't hear a voice telling me it was true, I didn't have any doubts. I felt it was true. My mom and I started going to church, and after a few weeks my dad and brother soon joined us. My father had a hard time at first because he had mocked Mormons for most of his life, so when it came time to ask Heavenly Father if he should become a Mormon it was a big test for him. Eventually he prayed and received the same answer that mom and I had, that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Our entire family was baptized on Feb. 24, 1989. Our family was sealed (made an eternal family unit) in the Oakland, CA temple a year later. I have seen many miracles in the course of the years that have followed. I have been able to share the gospel with others as I served a mission for the Mormon church in Argentina. I have been able to meet a wonderful woman that shares my beliefs, and marry her with a promise that we and our children can be together for this life and for all eternity. I know of no other doctrine that offers such a promise. The LDS (Mormon) church serves as an anchor to my family, helping us to stay safe and secure as the world gets increasingly more chaotic around us every day.

How I live my faith

I have had several assignments in the church over the years, but the most gratifying experiences have been as a scoutmaster to the youth. At first I was reluctant to take the position because I didn't know what I was doing, but I soon found out that the boys didn't care how much I knew. They simply needed a leader that would inspire them, so that is what I strove to do. I have taught a lot of boys everything from how to build a snow shelter and wilderness survival to how to water ski. What I hope I have taught them the most is how the serve others and love doing it. That truly is the core of what the church is about, serving and taking care of others, both within and outside of the church units.

Are Mormons Christians?

Nick Raiger
Mormons are very much Christians. The full name of the church is in fact The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. I strive to live my life by the great commandments Jesus gave, that is to love God and to Love our neighbors. I know that Jesus died on the cross. I know that he bled from every pore in the garden of Gethsemane as he paid the price for our sins. I know that he was resurrected after three days and took upon himself a perfected physical body, and that because he has done all of that we too can be resurrected and if we do all that he has commanded us, to the best of our abilities, we can inherit eternal life and a place with Him and the Father that they have prepared for us. Show more Show less