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Hi I'm Nick Goodman

I'm a father of 4, a husband of 1, a friend of 0 on Facebook (I don't have an account) and a child of God.

About Me

These types of questions are difficult for me to answer. It is hard to say "I am this" or "I am that" in 1500 characters of less. I, like everyone I know, am ever changing, ever evolving and ever growing. I am a father, a husband, a friend, a son, a sibling, a co-worker, a baseball fan, a Christian, a reader, a thinker, a talker, a listener and so many other things that I have not included.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a father that grew up in Arizona as "a Mormon" and mother who grew up in Germany as a "non-Mormon." I was baptized at age 8 by my father and my mother did not get baptized until I was 13 years old. 10 years after being baptized I truly learned that the choice to be a member of the "Mormon" church was the right choice. Like any person can do, I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true, if God's church is on the earth today, if there is a prophet and if the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was God's prophet on earth. With this I prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet - I knew that a true church could not come from a false prophet. That day, I remember it as if it were yesterday; I received peace like nothing I had ever felt before. I knew then, I have known since and I know today that God answered my prayer. God knows me, and told me that all that I was looking for was in the church that I grew up in. Of course I could have asked another day, but I believe fully that without asking I would not know. I needed to knock to receive the answer. I am so thankful for the faith I had that helped me at that young age of 18 to know that God lives, God loves, I am not alone and I can have my prayers answered. That foundation of faith, that pattern of prayer and a couple decades of life has taught me that the answer I was given years ago is the answer I needed. I am thankful, pleased and happy that God answers prayers.

How I live my faith

I strive to live outwardly the faith that I have inwardly. I do what I can to have congruence in life. By doing all I can to be who I say I am, I find the most peace in life. I have found that if I say that I believe a thing and then act contrary to that belief that the actions involved most always lead to unhappiness. Happiness is important to me. When I act in ways that are in line with what I know to be correct I find I am calm, happy and that I have more than just happiness, I have joy. Those that know me know that I am fond of saying "When you ask me a question, I will give you one of two answers, the truth as I know it or I will not answer the question. And if I am not going to answer the question I most likely will use words like 'I am not going to answer that question.'" You do not need to know me well to know that when I share "the truth as I know it" that it likely will be a longer answer than you were looking for when you asked the question.