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Hi I'm Nicole

I grew up on a farm and now live in a forest. I think laughter is good medicine and my family's a nice source. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a full time mom of three girls; I met my husband in college, we were married in a temple, and we call home a beautiful place near a large national park. I'm pretty shy. I've been a farm girl, a housekeeper, the buyer's assistant at a furniture store, set painter for the university's drama department and a substitute aid for the local school district. I currently volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. I thrive on personal goals. I love to read and write, visit natural wonders, use my green thumb, try out new recipes, look through a camera, and further nurture my kids' ability to simply enjoy learning anything. I get as excited as they do.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have tested it: it proves itself in my life. This began reflecting on my earliest days in the Church's primary school; I was raised in a Mormon (aka LDS-Christian) family. There were things my sweet teachers would say that would resonate with me. It has always seemed simple wisdom and made sense. So as a little child, I boldly accepted. Then as I was a teenager I ventured into life choices that were more enticing than wholesome and I lost the comfort and peace in my heart. Furthermore, what I was doing was not beneficial, not really that fun and free, and I felt quite confused. Acceptance was fleeting. Many times at Church, I was invited to try out things like reading scriptures, praying, listen to the prophet, and letting my church leaders know who I was. I began to commit myself in a new way to the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So I read the Book of Mormon, one chapter every night my Senior year of High School. I even read on prom night. I'd learned about it all before growing up, but it was that cover-to-cover test that proved to me that what the Church promised would happen in my life was completely accurate! The teachings as well as the humanity of leaders and friends demonstrated it was good. And since I began to see what life was really about, that my instincts were increased, my sense of self heightened, my priorities altruistic and smart, I've committed to it. I still test it in ways. I'll always have questions. I'm a work in progress. But what I know is that being a Mormon and believing in Jesus Christ will never fail me. My journey means so much.

How I live my faith

I know that there are many people who change the world every day. I think people are inherently good. I'm grateful for all the friends and acquaintances I've been lucky to have known in and outside my beliefs. There is not much that sets me apart, but I live my faith by really focusing on my family. I know we can have a great home, a refuge, even. I know we can have lots of good clean fun. Since my husband works with people who have caused serious damage against society, I find enhanced support and strength through my faith and friends. I like to spend time sending little email messages to someone and spontaneously sharing flowers or baked goods. I find myself being a listening ear. I read my scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.) regularly and pray for a sense of peace and to lighten my heart. I go to church and help out in any way I'm invited to there. Subsequently, each "calling" to help others has done well to pull me out of my comfort zone, strengthen my talents, and make best use of my time. Since there is a current, living prophet, I do try to take his good counsel to heart. I think my body is sacred and I like to meditate and exercise. I don't drink coffee or anything alcoholic. I live my faith by feeling gratitude every day for what I have, as easily as it comes. I try to learn as much as I can in variety and know that I also have something to learn from everyone. I want to make my parents proud and I also want to be my own best self. I want to live up to my potential and I want to be everything my loving Heavenly Father knows I can be.