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Hi I'm Paul Nicholls

I was born to members of the Church and served a mission in Germany but now live in Kentucky.

About Me

I am a retired orthopedic surgeon living in Le'Esprit, a subdivision of La Grange, Kentucky. My wife and I came here after retiring from medicine in Lexington, Ky. My wife and I were married while I was still in college and we started our family of 8 children during the following 11 years of training. We have 37 grandchildren scattered across the nation. While in high school I met my wife, the sister of a woman I did yard work for to pay for college and my mission. My wife was raised a Methodist but felt something was lacking in her faith. She found the answer as she met the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At age 19 I served the Church as a missionary in Germany for 2 1/2 years where I learned German and learned to love the German people. Upon returning from my mission and a year of school I married my wife and started a family resulting in 8 children. Upon graduation from the Medical College of Georgia and an internship, we lived in Owyhee, Nevada where I served the Indian reservation as its doctor. After 4 years more of training in orthopedic surgery I joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky and the Lexington Veterans Administration hospital where I was chief of surgery. I then was in private practice until my retirement in 2014. My specialty was total joint reconstruction and tumors of the bones. I was blessed with children who have excelled in their own jobs and started their own families now scattered across the country.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church because I was raised in the Church. I have lived most the younger years in the South where I was the only member of the Church. I was then forced to examine my beliefs compared to those of my friends and decide what I believed. I served a mission in Germany where I had to learn a new language and again deal with people of a different background than that of my own. After three years of college I found myself in medical school where my values of a belief in God were challenged. To me the Gospel of Jesus Christ made sense and it still does. I worked in a Baptist hospital where christain values were appreciated and valued. I have witnessed miracles as I prayed with my patients which has further strengthened my own faith in God and the power of prayer. I have found activity in the Church brings peace to my life. The Book of Mormon is a great source of peace to my mind as a companion to the Bible. Through the scriptures and the Church I find direction in life.

How I live my faith

We have tried to follow the counsel of the leaders of the Church. Early in our marriage I received a bonus check while in school so my wife went out and bought a surplus of food to start a years supply. We found that food was cheaper to buy in bulk but some of it we did not like so we modified our approach to having a years supply of food to things we like. We wanted to have an eternal relationship so when we decided on marriage it had to be in the temple but the closest temple was in Utah and we lived in Georgia. We saved our money and made the trip to Manti, Utah for the marriage which was beautiful and since worked on developing that eternal relationship. During the four years of medical school and four years of residency we were very frugal. We had a large garden and raised chickens, pigs and cows. Rather than work outside of the home we tried to provide most of our own food with the family working together. Later we moved to Kentucky and started over. In the process we designed a house that was energy efficient and a place to store our food. We wanted to raise responsible children so we bought 20 acres for kids, animals and a garden. I have been active in Church activities serving in the as a local leader (bishopric member) and a regional leader (stake president). I have been involved in Boy Scouts on the local and District level and value what scouting offers our youth. I have four sons who are eagle scouts and now are parents of their own families.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Paul Nicholls
We have worked to have adequate income for the family and taught our children to do the same. Since early in our marriage we have worked to be debt free and have enough for emergencies. One of the blessings of this approach is to be able to help those around us in case of need. We keep a years supply of food and material needed to sustain life or provide for neighbors in case of a disaster. Show more Show less