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Hi I'm Nick

I'm a musician. I'm a molecular biology student. I'm bilingual. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been a little bit of everything. Growing up I was mischievous, but I also had a keen spiritual sensitivity at the right times. I always loved music and the arts, but I always loved science too, and I love being a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie sometimes too. I have played the guitar for 13 years, I sing, I write my own music, I played the trombone for 7 years, and I even got into acting for a while. I decided to go to school to get a degree in molecular biology because I want to do cancer research, and I love spending time in the lab. I also love cliff diving, hiking, climbing, and snowboarding. There's nothing like the thrill of flying down the mountain as fast as you can. But I also have a passion for my faith. I see life as a balance of everything. You can't be all one thing, all one extreme, or all the other thing, all the other extreme. You can't be all art and no science or all science and no art. You can't be all fun and no hard work or all hard work and no fun. But you also can't be all worldly pursuits and no faith, or even all faith and no worldly pursuits. I am still learning how to balance all of these things in my life--passion and reason, fun and work, the temporal and the spiritual--but Jesus Christ and my faith in Him have helped me to find a better balance every day and find joy in everything I do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were already Mormons, so they raised me going to church every week and taught me from the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, but someone else's faith wasn't enough for me. I had always heard that if someone wanted to know the truth, they could read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it was true. So I decided to try. I had read the Book before, but never with this intent to ask God if it was true. So when I was about 13 I picked up the Book of Mormon one night, read a chapter, and knelt to pray and get an answer from God that the Church was true and I should continue to follow its teachings. I was so sure I would receive an answer right then and there. But I didn't. I didn't feel anything. So I thought I would just go to sleep and try again the following evening. The same thing happened the next night. I read, prayed, and felt nothing. So I thought, "third time's the charm," and tried again the third night, with just as much success. None. I realized it would take a little bit effort more than that. I decided to continue to read and pray as I had been doing, with real intent, until I received an answer, no matter how long it took. A month went by and I still didn't have an answer. But, in the Church, one Sunday per month, we fast and we have a special church meeting where the congregation is invited to share their testimonies of the Gospel with everyone. I fasted on that Sunday to find an answer. During that meeting, a Hispanic sister got up and said, "Yo sé que José Smith és un profeta de Dios." I had studied enough Spanish to understand just that one line, "I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God." She continued, but I didn't need anything else, I knew. A wave of comfort rushed over me from head to toe and I felt that everything I had learned since I was little was true. I continue to have other experiences that strengthen my knowledge of the truth, but that's where it all started, and I can't deny that God answered my prayers.

How I live my faith

I love to teach. I served as a full-time missionary for the Church in Brazil, where I spent two years just teaching people about Jesus Christ (in Portuguese, which was really awesome) and how they can change their lives through faith in Him. Now I am back in the United States going to school, but I am a teacher in my local congregation. I teach about a one hour class two Sundays per month to about 30 other guys my age, most of whom have also served missions for the Church all over the world. I love teaching them about what I have learned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but I also love what I learn during the time that I am studying to prepare to teach my lessons and the things I learn from them. Our classes are less like lectures and more like discussions where I just facilitate a discussion about a certain topic that has been assigned for that particular week and we all share what we have learned over time and through personal study and experiences. I often learn more from hearing other people speak than from studying on my own and even more than they learn from me, but I still love it. I am in a very busy time of my life, but I feel good knowing that I can do something to contribute and help other people and take a few hours out of my week to think more about others than about myself.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nick
Short answer: No. We are extremely grateful to Joseph Smith for what he did to restore the gospel so we can have that joy in our lives. Let me compare Joseph Smith to Ronald McDonald. I love cheeseburgers. They make me happy. I eat them. I do not eat Ronald McDonald. I am grateful to Ronald McDonald for his bringing McDonald's cheeseburgers into the world so that I can eat cheeseburgers and be happy. We don't worship Joseph Smith, we worship God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, but we are grateful to Joseph Smith for the knowledge that we have of Them because of what he did. Show more Show less