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Hi I'm Nick

I grew up all over the United States. I study physics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student studying physics in the United States. I enjoy singing in choirs and listening to choral music. I've been active in experimental optics research (lasers!) for over three years and have several published papers in that field. I love swimming in waterfalls and enjoy traveling - so far I've visited most of the USA (42 out of 50 states), Canada, Japan, Iceland, and England. My parents are Mormons as well as all my siblings. Although I was "born" into the church, I like to think that I choose to stay in it because I choose to believe it. I spent two years in Canada teaching all sorts of people about Jesus Christ. I've seen wonderful changes come over people as they discover or rediscover faith in the Savior. The gospel is very real to me - it has infused every part of my life and I am happier and more successful because of it. I couldn't imagine life without the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of Jesus Christ have brought me happiness and peace. When I read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the words of modern prophets I feel the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised in John 14:26-27 that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things and bring us peace. I have been learned by the Spirit that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. I love the church and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I can't imagine my life without Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ as best I can. I try to pray often, read the scriptures every day, and go to church every week. I spent two years teaching the Gospel to people in Canada and during this time I learned how to love others and the importance of not judging one another. I try to be kind and compassionate to everyone I meet.

Are Mormons Christians?

Nick
You bet! The full name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Right there in the title - I'm a Christian. I worship Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of the Father. I believe the biblical story that he was born in Bethlehem, performed miracles and taught in Israel, died on the cross, and was resurrected on the third day. I believe he'll come again to rule the earth sometime in the future. Show more Show less

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

Nick
There are a couple ways to answer that question. Most importantly, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aka the Mormon Church, LDS Church, or Church of Jesus Christ is a Christian church, so it traces much of its foundations to the ancient apostles chosen and instructed by Jesus Christ two thousand years ago. Over time the church that the Savior set up began to fracture into many different sects of Christianity. Today there are hundreds of Christian churches, each tracing their teachings and spiritual lineage to the original church the Savior set up. The LDS church differs from other Christian churches in that we believe that the original church Jesus set up has been restored, or brought back, by angels and prophets in modern times. Just as God called prophets and apostles in ancient times such as Peter, Paul, Moses, Abraham, etc we believe he calls them today as well. It all rebegan with Joseph Smith, who lived in the early 1800s. We believe that he was called by God to bring the church back from all the confusion that had ensued in the intervening 1800 years. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and spoke to him directly, face to face. God then sent angels as messengers to instruct Joseph Smith and give him the necessary authority priesthood to completely restore the original church of Jesus Christ as set up in ancient times. Show more Show less