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Hi I'm Nique

I'm a future TV news reporter. I love to scuba dive and hike. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a current student, majoring in broadcast journalism. I hope to be a reporter someday. I love people and getting to know them and what makes them interesting and different. I also enjoy film editing and photography and spend as much time outside as possible. I love nature and the outdoors. I travel as much as I can and love scuba diving, wakeboarding, hiking, camping, dirtbiking, and doing all of this while spending time with my family. I also love music and theater and I sing all the time.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in Utah, attending various Christian churches during my youth. In my teens I was surrounded by friends who were all LDS and had good morals, standards, and values and had families that were close and loving. I felt accepted by my friends and as I learned more about their interesting church, I felt something within me stir. Everything the Mormons believed seemed to resonate inside me too, as if I had heard it all before. I began to read the Book of Mormon, attend seminary and church and take the missionary discussions. Everything felt right and seemed right within the Church itself. I loved the way I felt when I was there or when I read the Book of Mormon and prayed. I learned that Mormons believe that families can be together forever and this concept seemed too good to be true. It was a fairytale, something you only dream about but isn't a reality in life. But the LDS Church teaches and believes that couples and families sealed together in the temple, will be able to be together forever in heaven...so that after we die, we can be with those we love again. I fell in love with this doctrine and felt that must be the kind of love that keeps couples working together in marriage and children in good relations with their parents. It was everything God could have ever wanted for us, to obey Him and to be happy with our families forever. I desperately loved my family and couldn't imagine ever being without them. As I slowly discovered my deepening feelings of truth, belief and love for the Church, I began to talk to my family about it. I hoped they would be interested and share in my beliefs but they reacted violently against it, being very angry that I was investigating the LDS church. After a particularly hurtful argument with my father about the Church, I ran to my room in tears and plead with my Heavenly Father. I told him I loved this Church and I wanted to join so badly because I knew it was true, but how could I join a church which would hurt my family and rip us apart. If it was true, I would be more than willing to join, knowing someday my sacrifice would be well worth it. But, if it was just another Christian church, if it wasn't as true as I thought, it wouldn't be worth it. I ended my prayer and opened my scriptures randomly to a page and read the first verse I saw. It changed my entire life. Alma 9:17 "And at some period of time they will be brought to believe in his word and to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers and many of them will be saved, for the Lord will be merciful unto all who call on his name." I sat back, stunned, then fell to my knees in rejoicing prayer. I had my answer. I knew it was true. My heart burned within me and I felt warm and comforted like someone was wrapping their arms around me lovingly. I knew then, and I know now and I could never deny it. I have searched and I have found truth. I know the LDS Church is true and I know that it has the fullness of the gospel. Other churches are good and have many truths, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only one that has all the truth restored. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and was perfect and sinless on this earth and still died that I might return to my Heavenly Father. I know that before this life, I lived with God and all my spirit brothers and sisters. I came to this earth to prove my faith and willingness and to do my best to return honorably. I know in the next life I will be with my Savior and my family forever. I know that we had Prophets on the earth in the days of the old and new testament, as well as prophets on the American continent who wrote the Book of Mormon. I believe Joseph Smith, a young boy searching for truth, found it when God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph in a sacred grove. Joseph helped bring about the restoration and fullness of the gospel again to the earth. He was the Prophet of the Restoration and I believe in the Prophets who have continued since his time, up to the current day and our current Prophet, a Prophet for our day and age, Thomas S. Monson. I believe in the power of prayer and I know the God hears and answers all prayers and that He loves his children on the earth dearly. I know that the power of the Priesthood is real and that it is God's power given to man on earth. I believe in the gospel- faith in Jesus Christ, repentance of past sins, baptism for the remission of sins, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I know this Church is true.

How I live my faith

The past several years I have been attending Brigham Young University, an LDS university. I have been involved with student wards or student-filled Church groups. I go to Church each Sunday to partake of the Sacrament and renew the covenants I made at my baptism. I attend church-related programs, devotionals, or activities during the week. I attend the temple once a week to perform sacred ordinances for those who have passed on. I have served the past two years as a visiting teacher, pairing with a sister in my ward and going to other sisters in the ward that I am assigned to and bringing them a lesson, a message of peace or comfort and love and support. I have also served as the Compassionate Service Leader in my wards and have enjoyed it immensely. It is a calling that is behind the scenes care giving and love. It is the meal that appears on a doorstep, a note of love for someone who is having a hard time, it is a soft hug and a listening ear to someone who needs to talk or who needs a friend. I have shared my faith and beliefs when I traveled to participate in a national pageant in Anaheim, or on a student volunteer trip in Costa Rica and Peru. I love being part of the Church and being an active member.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Nique
We have always had the bible and the inspiration it provides us, but after Christ's earthly ministry, many truths were lost through the years and sacred ordinances and practices were forgotten and then disappeared from the earth altogether. When Joseph Smith was visited in a sacred grove by God the Father and his son Jesus Christ, he received the answer he was looking for as to which church to join...God told him none of them were fully correct and then the Restoration of the fullness of the gospel came forth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Nique
Mormons believe that God's nature is as a loving Heavenly Father who watches over his earthly children. We believe He blesses us in times of trial and He will judge us fairly in the second coming. Most of all, our God is a loving, kind God, not ever vindictive or revengeful. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Nique
We believe that we lived in heaven as spirit sons and daughters of God before we came to this earth. We were sent by God, our loving heavenly Father to earth to be tried and tested. We yearned for the opportunity to prove ourselves and how well we could follow the commandments on earth, when we had agency, or the ability to choose and make decisions. The purpose of life is essentially to live the gospel as best you can and to endure to the end. We should strive to lead a faithful, gospel centered, loving, service-filled life and surround ourselves with the things in life and people that make us happy. Show more Show less