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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 married a convert to the Church and we attended school together through medical school. After internship we worked on an Indian reservation in Nevada followed by 4 years of training in Georgia to become an orthopaedic surgeon. I worked on the faculty of the medical college for 18 years and then went into private practice doing primarily joint revision work. Currently, I work part time at the VA and spend most of my time cleaning up our farm and doing volunteer work. We have 8 children and 32 grandchildren scattered across the country. We have been blessed with great children who have each excelled in their chosen profession and married loving spouses. Our hobbies are genealogy, wood working, family and farm. We currently live on 27 acres and have 3 horses which we train and ride.

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 for the marriage which was beautiful and since worked on developing that eternal relationship. During the four years of medical school and your 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 activites 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.