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Hi I'm Nick Pavlakos

I'm a current full time missionary. I'm a giant Star Wars fan. I'm an animal lover. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey there! My name is Nick Pavlakos, and I am currently serving in the Tempe Arizona mission. A little about me; I love to play music, especially the drums. I have been playing the drums for about 7-8 years now and have no intention of stopping. I have been in a few bands and loved every second of it. I also love animals and have been fascinated with them all of my life. I plan on studying zoology once I return home from my mission and attend BYU Idaho. I am also a proud mega nerd who loves Star Wars and comic books and could talk about almost anything nerdy for hours. Other than that I love to write and create and spend time with my family and friends. I also like to help others and reach out when they are feeling down or need a hand. I hope to travel the world and help others as I do, teaching about animals or serving in some way. There are so many people out there who could use a little happiness in their lives, so why not help them find it!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I moved from house to house, staying with my father over certain weekends. Because my parents never married when I was born, I now have four parents. But my Mom and Step-Dads side of the family is the LDS side, while my Dad and Step-Moms side of the family is not. Because of this I would only go to church every other Sunday, and to be honest I though it was fine. I was only living halfway in the church, the other half in the world. Most of my friends are non LDS, and eventually I started making some bad choices. This led to a long time of troubled spirits and hard personal times. I wanted to be a member of the church, but at the same time I was having a hard time picking whither I wanted to be in the church or if I wanted to party and forget all about it. I stuck with the church but continued to live outside of it as much as I could without crossing the line. But something was missing, and I guess I knew that one day I would have to make a choice. That day came once I started preparing for a mission. I realized that if I wanted to share the gospel that I had a belief in and to help others I had to straighten up and overcome my problems. So I worked hard with church leaders, my parents, and God to become someone who would be worthy to serve and teach in the name of Jesus Christ. I decisded to choose the gospel rather than the world, and I am happier that I did. You can have joy in life by living the gospel and still have opportunities to find joy outside of it, but it's when the two run hand in hand that we get the ultimate happiness. I am happy that I found that out for myself, and everyone else can too. It just requires a little faith and a little hard work.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as best as I can by doing more than just going to church and reading the scriptures. Its about acting upon the things you learn from them, like how to be a good Christlike person and how to love everyone. I live my faith by striving to live the way God wants us to because I know that it is the way that will make us the happiest. By reaching out to those around us, by going to church and by studying the scriptures and then sharing the knowledge that I gained I feel that I can share the joy the gospel brings with others. It's not about what you give, it's the act of giving without expecting a return that counts. Everyone has a story and everyone has challenges, but the gospel and Jesus Christ can help everyone no matter what they are going through. I want to share that message with as many people as I can, and to have a good time while doing it.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Nick Pavlakos
Being a current full time missionary, the best answer I can give is that we have a great message to share and we want to share it. The gospel is a message of joy, hope, and peace, and can bless our lives so much. If we have been given such a marvelous gift, why would we not share it? Who am I to say that I wont go and bring hope to those who need it, that I won't go and pick up those who have fallen, and that I won't lead them to the source of all happiness in this life? We as missionaries love the gospel and want others to love it too, because we know how much joy it can bring. Show more Show less