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Hi I'm Nicholas

I'm a trademark attorney, a writer, and a father of four. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married 16 years. We have four kids, ages 7 to 14. We've moved around the country quite a bit. I worked in the software industry for a while before returned to school for a law degree at 34. Now I run a small intellectual property law practice that I started in New York and then moved to Utah to be near our extended family. Most the time I work from home, which lets me set my own schedule and see my kids every day. We like to travel and to ski. In my spare time, I like to write and to read history books.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've consistently found that it's the best way to live a happy, fulfilling life, and to feel like God is happy with how I live. Deciding to accept a set of "life rules" known as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not restrictive--it's liberating. I've studied the Bible a lot and I've studied the history of the Mormon Church a lot. At the end of the day, I remain committed to my faith because it makes sense intellectually and because of the spiritual feelings I have had, both during times of study and pondering, and during times of personal trials. You can't find out if something is true and real by examining it from a distance. You have to try it out--to live it. Then you find out for yourself, because you've experienced it firsthand--sometimes in ways that are hard to explain to others but are very real. That's what I've done again and again over the past 30-plus years.

How I live my faith

I try to be a Mormon all day every day. Religion isn't much use if you set it aside for most of the week. I teach classes at Church on some Sundays and I organize groups of men to help people move, to clean up yards, to visit everyone and make sure they're well and know they have a friend. Being a parent is my most important responsibility and I strive to teach my kids by my example of how I treat their Mom and others. My job also reminds me each day of the importance of my religious principles. A lawyer holds a position of trust and responsibility, but that responsibility is most effectively carried out when it rests on a sound understanding of how God has taught us to treat others.

Are Mormons Christians?

Nicholas
Who gets to define the term "Christian"? If a small group of theologians get to define "Christian" based on their own interpretations of certain doctrines, such as the nature of the Trinity, and if the members of that group have the right to exclude anyone who doesn't adhere to their views, then I suppose they would exclude Mormons. But if a "Christian" means a person who accepts Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of the world, then Yes, Mormons are most definitely Christian. We find it hurtful that others would say we are not Christian because of doctrinal differences. We know those differences exist, and we respect the right of others to believe as they choose. But we want to be known--most of all--for our views of the divinity of Jesus Christ and our daily effort to follow his teachings. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Nicholas
We've had the Bible for a long time, and it's the key to learning about the life of Jesus. But the Bible doesn't contain everything Jesus ever said, or everything the Apostle Paul ever wrote. We believe that, over time, as the Apostles died, the Church that Jesus organized fell into error and lost the authority to act on behalf of God. Jesus knew this would happen, as it had in the past (as the Old Testament describes). God "restored" the Gospel again, in the same form that Jesus had taught it when he lived on the Earth. Consider: The Gospels added to what the Old Testament prophesied about Christ; the letters of Paul added explanations and doctrines that the Gospels had not made clear; God has also provided new scriptures in our day to guide the restoration of truth that had been lost for hundreds of years. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Nicholas
The Word of Wisdom is a name given to a teaching about health--how to take care of our bodies. It was given to Joseph Smith as a revelation in 1833, long before science recognized the health issues we face today. The Word of Wisdom is straightforward: Eat wholesome foods, not too much meat, lots of grains and vegetables. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea, and other harmful things, which would include illegal drugs. The Word of Wisdom is just one small part of Mormon teachings, but it does set us apart because most people use tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and/or tea. I'm not offended when my friends do that (in moderation!) since they haven't accepted the same teachings that I have. But some will quote the latest scientific studies about a glass of wine being healthful, etc. Considering that we've had the Word of Wisdom since 1833, I don't worry much about trying to follow every study or news report. I follow the Word of Wisdom because I promised that I would, and I feel confident in the health and other benefits I've received because of it. Show more Show less