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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Western Washington, home of the constant rain and drizzle. I'm a single mother of a teenaged son a legal assistant by trade. I enjoy writing fiction, and was a theater major in college. I love to read, and always have my nose in a book.

Why I am a Mormon

In April 2005, I visited a friend in Salt Lake City. Like any visitors to that area, I visited Temple Square. Walking through the Visitor's Center, I was moved to tears. I soon started taking the lessons, but wasn't quite ready to take that final step. I moved to Salt Lake City in 2007, with the full intention of going to Church with my friend. Of course, that never happened. I moved back up to Washington State in 2008. It was not good circumstances in which I moved back to Washington State. I was very depressed, even suicidal in my thoughts. I didn't think I was doing any good for anyone -- not as a mother, not as a daughter, friend, niece, sister, and certainly not for myself. What was the point in me sticking around? I began going to a nondenominational church in February of 2009. I was learning, but I had no problem skipping a Sunday here and there. I didn't feel as though I was missing something when I didn't go. In October 2009, Missionaries knocked on my door. In December 2009, I was baptized and confirmed into the Church. In February 2011, I was Endowed in the Temple. My life has been so transformed by becoming a member of the Church. My heart is filled with the Love my Heavenly Father has for me, and I've been washed clean, and continue to be washed clean, by the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I went from being an extremely depressed, suicidal wreck of a woman who didn't believe that life was worth living to being a happy, successful Daughter of my Heavenly Father, a believer in the Church and its teachings. I know this Church is true, and that Joseph Smith restored the fullness of the Gospel and was a prophet. My life is so much more now than it was before I found the fullness Gospel.

How I live my faith

My companion and I visit two sisters every month. There are times when it doesn't work out, but we do try to do it every month. Both of these sisters have my heart, and I know as a daughter of our Heavenly Father, I have theirs. I'm a Primary teacher for 8 and 9 year olds. For someone who never read any Scripture, really, before becoming a member of the Church, this has helped me so much. I believe that it's widened my own knowledge while bestowing knowledge on these beautiful young people in my class. I find myself every week trying to figure out a better way to teach them. As a single adult in my ward, I was also called to be a Single Adult Representative, meeting with other S.A. Reps in our Stake monthly and planning excursions for the single adults in a Church that is so strongly family and marriage that sometimes a single adult can feel left out. No way! No one's ever left out of activities and the fellowship of other members. I've participated in service projects, and I've also taken a 12 step program for family members of addicts, all of which has helped me strengthen my testimony.

What is the First Vision?

Nicole
When Joseph Smith was a young boy, there were many churches around him. He didn't know which one he should join, so he went to the scriptures. He read in James 1:5 that if anyone lacks wisdom, ask of God and he will be answered (paraphrased). Joseph went to a grove of trees near his home, and he fell to his knees and started to pray, asking which of the multitude of churches he should join. In answer to his prayer, two personages appeared to him, Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father motioned to Jesus Christ and said, "This is my beloved son, hear him!" He was told that none of the churches around him were true, and he shouldn't join any of them, that the church as Jesus had formed it no longer existed on Earth, having been changed over the centuries. Joseph Smith listened to Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ that day, and he started on the path that became the restoration of Jesus Christ's church on this earth. Show more Show less