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Hi I'm Nick

I grew up in Idaho. I love Tennis and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors. All of the jobs I have had (from coaching beginner and varsity level Tennis to working in a cemetery) have dealt with the outdoor world in some way. I've played Tennis for 9 years and have loved every second. Besides Tennis, I love to hike, throw frisbees, run, and will gladly do any of these in the pouring rain. My university studies are focused in Biology, but I am also considering getting a business degree and starting a non-profit to help the poor and homeless in the world. All of this has been put on hold for two years though, for I have chosen to serve a mission! I have been called to the Texas San Antonio Mission and will spend my time there serving the people and spreading the beautiful joy of this gospel!

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I feel that it is right. I have felt the presence of my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit has testified to me of the truth of what I feel. The Savior's atonement is the reason why I have joy. I know that no matter what happens, Jesus and my Father in Heaven will always love me and forgive me if I repent. I know that death is not permanent, and I will be able to see my Grandpa again. I know the Book of Mormon is the true word of God. It testifies of Him and of Jesus Christ. All in all, Life is made meaningful through the power of this gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through my daily actions. I always strive to live tomorrow better than I lived today. I served as a priesthood quorum leader in my University ward, and through that had the opportunity to serve my peers and my Savior. Even though I am no longer in that ward and do not hold that calling, I still search for opportunities to serve those around me. To me, that is what being a Mormon is about. Sure there are covenants and things that make you a Mormon, but without Service, our gospel has no meaning.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mormon Church services are very uplifting. Services tend to start out with Sacrament meeting, where we sing hymns to praise God, listen to speakers from the ward who teach us gospel principles with their own words, and most importantly, we take the Sacrament. The Sacrament is a practice where we use bread and water to symbolically represent Christ's atonement for us. Through this custom, common throughout the church, we renew the covenants we made at baptism. Typically following Sacrament meeting, we attend Sunday school, and the children under the age of 12 attend primary. In Sunday school, we are taught fundamentals of the gospel through examples in the scriptures. Primary teaches our children these same things, but in a way that kids will understand. After the adults are through with Sunday school, the men (ages 12 and up) go to their priesthood meetings while the woman (18 and up) attend relief society and the young women (12-18) attend classes designed for young women. All visitors are welcome to come and participate in our church services. In fact, we encourage it so much, the invitation is written on the outside of all of our meetinghouses! Before you come, you should probably know that during our services, we dress in what we call Sunday best, which includes a Suit and Tie for men and a modest dress or skirt and blouse for women. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

It may seem like this sometimes, but the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to look out for everyone. Jesus Christ ministered to the sick, afflicted, and in need. As Mormons, we try to do the same. More than $1 Billion has been spent of humanitarian aid to 167 different countries that had few to no Mormon adherents. And most, if not all, of this money came from the tithes and offerings of those in the church. Our founding prophet, Joseph Smith, said that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Only members who are worthy and qualified are allowed inside our Temples. This is not because what we do is secret, but because it is sacred. Members learn eternal truths inside the Temple which will help us be comfortable in the presence of God for eternity. Members also perform sacred ordinances for themselves (such as marriage that bind husband and wife together for eternity), and we also perform the same ordinances for ancestors who have passed on without the benefit of receiving them. We invite all to visit Temple grounds and to feel the peace that is brought by being there. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is like waking up on a beautiful spring morning after a good nights rest. It is joyful. There are plenty of trials and hardships that come along with the religion and title, but the knowledge that we have lets us be at peace with adversity and allows us to have peace in a complicated world. In the Book of Mormon, there is a verse that states, "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." (2nd Nephi 2:25) This is the epitome of our Gospel. We exist to have joy. Through the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ, we can come to have joy, no matter our circumstances. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by various ancient prophets. These prophets were called of God, much like Peter and the Apostles of old were. We believe that God loves all of his children, no matter where they are, and because he loves them, he provides prophets to teach of him and his ways. The Book of Mormon is a set of records compiled by the prophet Mormon that covers history (spiritual and physical) from the time that the first Book of Mormon prophet, named Lehi, left Jerusalem to the time when the last Book of Mormon prophet, named Moroni, hid the compiled record. In this way, it is much like the bible and contains many sacred and spiritual things that can help us learn of God and his son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Death is not the end. Death is merely a freeing from the mortal bonds we call life. After our spirits are freed, we go to the spirit world where we continue to learn and grow. We will also have the chance to be resurrected, which is the reuniting of the body and spirit to never be separated again. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ made our resurrection possible. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

All of us are mortals, and by so being, we make mistakes. We sin, we judge, and we maybe are a little harsh when we should be gentle. God has declared that no unclean thing can dwell in his presence (1 Nephi 10:21), and since we all become unclean just from being mortal. The only way for us to get back to God's presence is through the saving power of a Savior. Jesus Christ was chosen in our pre-earth life to be the Savior. During His mortal ministry, Christ led a sinless life and suffered for each of our sins and afflictions in behalf of us. Because of this sacrifice of His part, we are able to become clean if we truly repent and accept Christ's saving gift. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are some of the most faithful, beautiful, and wonderful people I have ever met. It never ceases to amaze me how spiritually in tune they are, and how effortlessly they keep their lives in harmony with the gospel. They are quick to humble themselves and "become as a little child" as Christ taught. I hope to someday be as amazing as some of the women I associate with in the church. Our church does believe in equality. Although, we see equality a little different than others might. We believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus created both Man and Woman separately, each for a specific purpose. Both Men and Women have responsibilities, but just because the responsibilities differ does not make one set more important than the other. The Apostle Paul taught that "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the sight of God (and in our church) men and women are equally important. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

To most of the Christian world, the Holy Bible is the definitive book of worship. As Mormons, we believe that the Bible is the word of God as long as it is translated correctly. But, we also believe that God has given revelation through prophets in different parts of the world at different times, not just prior to and during Christ's ministry. Because of this belief, we have a few different books of revelation that others are not familiar with. The Book of Mormon is an account of God's dealings with the inhabitants of ancient America and is also another testament of Jesus Christ. The Pearl of Great Price is a selection of revelations given throughout time to various prophets. The Doctrine and Covenants are a collection of modern day revelation given to the early prophets of our church to help establish and regulate God's church in these days. None of these scriptures contradict the Bible in any way. In fact, they all accommodate and compliment the teachings found in the Bible. Each collection of prophecies is merely God communicating with his children that he loves so dearly and He wants to help them return to his presence. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

The Law of Chastity is essentially a covenant of premarital abstinence. The power of procreation is very sacred. It is a divinely bestowed gift and should be treated as such. By keeping this covenant, we are blessed with safety, happiness, peace, and self-respect. It also allows us to have a more meaningful and deepened love for our spouse and family. Breaking this Law is very serious, but it is not above the power of Christ's atonement. Those who have transgressed it can gain forgiveness and peace again. Over all, the Law of Chastity is given to us because Heavenly Father wants the best for us, and through this Law, we can truly gain happiness and peace in our marriages and families. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is one of the most gracious gifts that our Father has provided for us. This Spirit can bring peace to us in times of turmoil and sooth our soul in times of stress. Aside from being a comforter (as mentioned in John 15:26) the Spirit can also teach us through promptings. For me personally these come through sudden realizations, remembrances, or even voices of friends and family. Although the power of the Holy Ghost is available temporarily to everyone in times of need, the gift of constant companionship from that Holy Spirit is reserved for people who have been baptized members of Christ's Church and is bestowed through proper priesthood authority. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a health code of sorts that has been divinely derived. Heavenly Father gave it to us so we could keep out bodies and minds healthy and strong, and because he cares about us. The Word of Wisdom emphasizes proper eating and physical/spiritual exercise as well as warning against the use of Tabacco, Alcohol. Coffee, Tea, and Illegal Drugs. Although it may seem silly, modern science is starting to agree with similar principles. Show more Show less