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Hi I'm Nick

Guess what, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised under a sheet of rain in Vancouver, Washington. I love camping, snowboarding, music, and I have a pretty intense nerdy side. I've been called a dork countless times during my life and I don't expect that to stop any time soon. I'm a missionary of Texas Houston East Mission commonly known here as THE Mission. I've been out about a year now and I've really developed a love for preaching the gospel, though I'm still working on developing the ability to preach it in Spanish.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I know that God always loves his children. That’s why he called prophets during biblical times to guide the people how to return to him. These days we need his guidance more than ever which is why it only makes sense that he would send more prophets just like the ones before. And because anyone could say they’re a prophet, God always gives us ways we can know for sure that they are truly called by him, like Moses’ signs. This is what we have with the Book of Mormon. In the final chapter of this book it tells us that to know if it is true we have to ask God, because if it really is of him then he would want nothing more than for us to know it. When I read it I know that it is from God, and because I know this I know that Joseph Smith really was a prophet, and because I know this I know that this really is Christ’s restored church. 

How I live my faith

By sharing it with anyone who will listen. You may notice in this profile I'm eager to answer any questions people might have.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Nick
Jesus and his apostles didn't get paid. Hard to believe anyone else in his church would deserve it more than they did.  Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Nick
We believe that if there are medical issues that would be an issue for the mother or child then abortion is acceptable. There are also exceptions for rape or things like that. But if there is no other reason than convenience it is a direct violation of the 6th commandment. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Nick
Another council given by God for our happiness. In a nutshell, it means we should avoid addictive substances like tabacco and alcohol. It's like me telling you not to dive into a whirlpool. Might look fun but good luck swimming back out.  Show more Show less

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

Nick
We believe that we are here to learn and grow from our mistakes. But the scriptures say no unclean thing can enter into the kingdom of God. So how can we return to God having learned from our mistakes if one mistake condems us from ever seeing him again? That's why Christ is so important, because through him we can all be clean of our sins so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. Of course this does not mean we go looking for mistakes to be made. I look at it like this, imagine you're a little kid who is playing near the stove and your parent moves you away and tells you not to play near it. If you never play near the stove then clearly you grew from the experience. If you decide to touch it anyway you'll burn yourself pretty badly, though I think it's safe to say you'll probably not play near it again any time soon. You learned your lesson but you still have a badly burned hand, so you have to go to the doctor, who is this metaphor is of course Jesus, so he can help make sure you don't lose the hand. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nick
Why would we? He was a great guy, but Joseph Smith can't save anybody, only Christ can.  Show more Show less

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

Nick
Imagine you’re an Israelite during the 40 year journey to the Promised Land. You have an idea about how the church can be improved, a brilliant idea. You go to Moses and share with him what you came up with. Moses prayerfully considers it but then informs you that that it is not the way of God’s church and you walk away disappointed, but if God said that your way is not correct then clearly the fault is your own. Then imagine the same thing happens only you aren’t an Israelite and there is no prophet. You share your idea with those around you and they gather to hear. You teach it to all that will listen and a new church is formed. This is exactly the sort of thing that led to the over 90,000 churches, not church buildings, churches, in the world that are all based on the same Bible. God doesn't want us to live in confusion which is why that same church that Moses led was restored back on the church today. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Nick
If you believe in the Bible yours did too. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Nick
Jesus. Its first official member was Adam, and the second one was Eve. We didn't get the nickname "Mormon" till the 1800's though. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Nick
 Being God's true church always helps. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Nick
Because their boyfriend's brother's co-worker's best friend's former roommate told them we are. It for sure wasn't from coming to the church and finding out for themselves.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Nick
  The scriptures say you have to be baptized to enter the kingdom of God, even Jesus was baptized, but not everyone has the opportunity to do it while they are alive. Would God punish people for never hearing his gospel?  Baptism for the dead is nothing new. Read 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 29 Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Nick
The best way to know if this is really God's true church is through the Book of Mormon, because there is absolutely no way true scripture could come from a false prophet. So do you believe that if you pray to God to know if the Book of Mormon is true he will tell you if it is? The answer is a great and resounding...probably not. Peter had to step out of the boat first to see if he could walk on water, and we have to read the book to show we really want to know if it's true. That's why the book itself lays out the formula to find out for sure. Step 1: Read the book. Step 2: Ponder. The Book of Mormon is a masterpiece; no one who really reads it can deny that. The question is whether it is Christ's masterpiece or the Devil's. So, when you read it do you feel closer to Christ or the Devil? That's a simple question. Take your time and think about it. Step 3: Pray. I think Moroni, the last prophet of the Book of Mormon put it best in his final chapter when he wrote: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Moroni chapter 10 verses 4-5 This isn't the only way to know this is God's true church, but I promise you it will work. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Nick
The Bible says that Jesus left to visit his "other sheep" after he spent his forty days with his disciples after his resurrection. There are even Native American legends of a caucasian, bearded man dressed in white who was the son of a God and a virgin. Seems weird to me that every Bible reader wouldn't immediately say "Wow, that had to be the Savior!" But I made sure the simple way, I prayed to know if it's true.  Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Nick
The best place to start is to try and figure out who he is. Most definitions I've heard sound like they were created with the idea that the more confusing and self conflicting they can make the description, the more acurate it has to be. I'm still trying to figure things for myself, but I do feel confident saying that the more you go in that particular direction the further you'll get from the truth. God is our loving heavenly Father. The more litterally you take that, the closer you'll get to the truth. 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?

Nick
One of the reasons that temples are so important to me personally is because it feels like a place set apart from the world. That fact that only members who live worthily are able to enter is a rule I am very greatful for because I know that others inside will also help to maintain the sacred feeling of the place. And as for whether or not there are secret things going on inside, I still struggle to take that question seriously. Especially as a missionary, people mention to me often how they dissaprove how our church does not want the world to know what goes on inside our temples. It is then I usually have to hold myself back from asking, "Do you think we knocked on your door to brag?" Of course we want the whole world to experience what happens inside a temple. That, for me, is one of my main motivations as a missionary. Show more Show less