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Hi I'm Nick

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 32. I'm a husband, a father of four, a seminary teacher, and a disciple of Christ. I love soccer, baseball, hiking, history, poetry, Korean food, and talking with my wife...for hours...and hours...and hours. :)

Why I am a Mormon

God loves His children. I have felt His love. As I have felt His love, I have wanted to learn more about Him. I have learned more about Him through reading the Bible and Book of Mormon. As I have read these books of scripture, I have learned that God speaks to His children. He speaks to them through prophets and through the Holy Ghost. As I have read the words of prophets in the scriptures, I have felt the Holy Ghost give peace to my heart and mind. As I have prayed about the words of those prophets, I have felt the Holy Ghost give peace to my heart and mind. The Holy Ghost has reminded me that I have always known the truth about God. Reading the scriptures and praying have helped me remember what I have always known: I am a child of God.

How I live my faith

I teach young men and young women that they have a divine nature and destiny. I try to treat every person I meet as a son or daughter of God with amazing eternal potential. I try really hard to repent when I don't! I bring meals to people in need. I study the scriptures every day. I invite friends outside of my church to play basketball at church on Wednesdays. I surprise one family each Christmas with a box full of presents. I listen to the words of modern prophets as I drive to work. I speak to congregations about my faith in Christ at least once each month. I learn about eternal families as I visit Mormon temples each week. I read from the Bible and Book of Mormon with my children each night. I give money every month to help the poor and needy in my community. I pray with my wife morning and night. I tell all my friends about how the Book of Mormon changes my life. I garden and take my best squash to neighbors. I coach soccer and focus more on lifting players than winning. I write lots of "nice notes."

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Nick
Mormon theology teaches that humans have two channels to God: a personal channel and a priesthood channel. Through the personal channel, we can communicate with Him, and He can answer us through the Holy Ghost. Through the priesthood channel, prophets can communicate with Him, and they can reveal His will to us (1) in scripture (such as in the case of a dead prophet like Moses, whose revelations are recorded in the Old Testament) or (2) directly (such as in the case of a living prophet like Thomas S. Monson, whose revelations are announced in official statements today). People will often have questions about how to know when a fallible human, like Moses or Monson, is speaking for an infallible God. Mormons believe that prophets' pronouncements are binding as God's word revealed through them only when they are speaking as prophets. Thus, the question becomes, "How do we know when a prophet is speaking for God as a prophet--instead of for himself, simply sharing his own thoughts?" Mormons believe that, to answer that question, we need to use our personal channel to God. Using that channel, each person can ask God if what a prophet has spoken is His (God's) will--or merely his (the prophet's) own idea. God can then, according to His will and timing, answer each person through the Holy Ghost, so that he/she can gain a spiritual witness for himself/herself. Using this process again and again, I have learned for myself that there is a prophet like Moses who is alive today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Nick
I see sharing my beliefs as an open, friendly, and sincere invitation. I see this invitation as being akin to offering a guest in my home a glass of orange juice or to inviting a colleague to read Bernard Bailyn's The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. I would not be offended if my guest didn't like orange juice or if my colleague didn't have interest in Bailyn's book--even though orange juice is my favorite drink and even though Ideological Origins completely changed my life as a scholar of the American Revolution. I would never try to force my taste in juice or historiography on another person, but it would seem strange to me to not make the offer because my guest might like orange juice and because my colleague might love Ideological Origins. If the invitation is turned down, at least I know that I have made the attempt to share something good, and if the invitation is accepted, then I am happy to see another person find even more goodness in his/her life. My philosophy about sharing my beliefs is, therefore, to invite everyone to take all of the good that they have in their lives and see for themselves if they couldn't add to that good by investigating my favorite doctrine of the Mormon Church (families can live together forever through temple covenants) or by reading the book that completely changed my life as a disciple of Jesus Christ (the Book of Mormon). Show more Show less