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Hi I'm Nicole

About Me

I'm a mother to a beautiful little boy who has spina bifida, and I'm a follower of Jesus Christ. In 2009, my husband and I moved to a new city, started new jobs, and hoped to start our family soon. After we got settled into our home and started to make friends in the area, we found out that we were expecting. We couldn't have been happier. A few weeks later, we learned at our ultrasound appointment that our baby would be a boy, and that he had a neural tube defect called spina bifida. The memories and emotions of that day are still fresh in my mind. After talking with the doctor, my husband and I were left alone together to process the news. He held me close and I cried into his arms. Thoughts of all the perfect babies born everywhere around me raced through my mind. Why me? Why us? I thought of basketball games that would go unplayed, Easter egg hunts that would be unfair, and shiny bicycles going unused. I thought of sadness, and grief, and trials, and then I just couldn’t think anymore. My husband was the braver, stronger one. He told me that our son needs a special mother and that’s why God is sending him to us. I cried more, this time marveling at my sweet husband’s love and inspiration for our little family. I’m thankful for him. I hope to be the kind of mother that my son needs, the kind of mother that my husband sees in me. I know I can become this person through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me to believe in Jesus Christ from a young age. They took me to church and hoped I would become a faithful member of the LDS church like them. I could see that they loved the Lord and were happy because of it. My belief in the principles of the LDS church grew over time as I learned, read, matured, and grew in faith. At a young age, I felt that I should read and pray for myself to know if the Book of Mormon was true. After reading and praying over the course of a few years, I gained a strong belief that the principles in the Book of Mormon would help me be happy. I knew it was a true book because as I tested these principles, my joy grew. I loved being with my family, serving others, studying in school, studying in seminary, and doing what I knew to be right. The Book of Mormon inspired me to set goals in my personal life, including: -Be patient and full of love, willing to submit to all things the Lord requires (Mosiah 3:19) -Before seeking riches, seek the kingdom of God (Jacob 2:18) -When not praying vocally, keep a prayer in your heart (Alma 34:27) As I worked toward these goals, a larger goal formed in my mind - to become like my Savior. He was able to touch the lives of so many as he went about doing good, and I wanted to be like Him, in however small way I could. I continue to work toward this goal. The principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I have studied all my life in the Bible and Book of Mormon have brought me great peace and direction, even when faced with difficulties. The Spirit of God testifies to me often that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

I have been on the receiving end of so much love and support that it has, at times, been overwhelming. Days when I felt I could not stand on my own, I have been blessed with strength by the prayers of friends and family. For me, serving in a calling in my local LDS congregation has been a way for me to give back some part of all that I gain from being a member of this church. Mostly, serving in a calling is how I show Heavenly Father that I'm willing to do what he asks. Last fall, just as I started teaching middle school, I was asked to serve as a youth leader for the 12-13 year old girls. I love teaching their class on Sunday and meeting with them on Wednesday nights for additional activities. Sometimes we teach each other skills, other times we do service for others, and sometimes we just have fun together. It is always rewarding to see their strength in the church at such a young age. They are open and friendly and continually bringing new girls into their circle of friends. Some Wednesdays I would come home from teaching and feel so tired - but making the effort to go be with the girls has not been a burden, but a blessing. I know the Lord wants me to be there, helping these girls along through their difficult adolescent years, just as strong men and women taught and guided me when I was young.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We believe that the purpose of life is to be tested. We will all have difficult things to deal with - like death of loved ones, physical challenges, and even temptation to do things we know are wrong. Heavenly Father wants us to show Him that we will do what He asks. If we do, we will be rewarded much more than we deserve. Since we will all make mistakes, we need a Savior to bring us back into favor with Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father sent His son, Jesus Christ, to be this Savior. If we pray for forgiveness, we can be forgiven of our sins. Sometimes our sins stem from turning away from God in times of difficulty. Sometimes we sin because we are selfish. However we react to what we are given, we are always offered the opportunity to change and become a better person. Hopefully by the end of our lives, we will be more Christlike and prepared to handle hard things. As I experience difficult times, I feel myself relying on the Lord for strength and striving to patiently bear the tests and trials I am given in faith, not turning away from the Lord. Show more Show less