Hi I'm Nicole Messick
Hello, my name is Nicole Messick. I was raised in the church, but never really understood the church until I was 19 years old. I recently graduated with a service credential and Masters of Education from UCSb and am currently a Special Education teacher in Santa Barbara. I love to sew and make things with my hands. I grew up in a home where my father made most of our furniture, so I always feel like if I can't find something I like, I should just make it. I met my husband at a friend's house, and we were engaged and married less than a year from meeting. It sounds crazy, but if you knew him, you would know why I had to snatch him up while I could. We were sealed in the Newport Beach Temple on December 12, 2009 and I could not be happier.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because our religion is so full of hope. When I had fallen away from the Church, I searched for anything to fill the void that the happiness of the gospel had brought me before. There is nothing on this planet that can make you as happy as knowing that you are a child of a kind God who knows you specifically and wants to make you better. I am a Mormon because as just Nicole, I am a selfish human looking out for my needs. But when the gospel is added to any person, their talents become heightened and their weaknesses are strengthened. It as happened to me, and I know it can happen to anyone.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
I talk to my mom a lot. I mean, a lot. Whenever I need advice or want to talk about something, I just call my mom. If I am upset about something, I call her to calm me down. She always picks up, ends up telling me exactly what I needed to hear, and then I continue on with all of the information or comfort she has given me. We all have a relationship with someone who gives us advice on this planet- whether it be a mother, father, step-mother, uncle, guardian, or friend. All of them count. But where can we seek out advice for some of the picture questions of life like "What should I be doing with my life?" or "Why did that happen?". And if we don't have someone in our lives who we can go to that can help us, what are we supposed to do? This is where God comes in. He is always there for us, day or night, to call upon and ask for advice, or seek comfort. When I pray to my Heavenly Father, I am talking to my friend; he knows how I am struggling and knows what I need but cannot give it to me unless I ask. I just have to give him the call, and he will be there ready with exactly what I need.
How I live my faith
I seek each day to bring happiness to others, in any way that I can. I pray every day. I read my scriptures when I remember. I serve children every day, and I try to make their lives better. I smile at everyone who passes by, trying to make their day a bit better. I just try to be the best me, no matter how flawed that may be.