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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm a World Traveler, a Thinker, a Humanitarian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a deep and intense addiction to all things to do with travel: books, airplanes, Europe, night trains, weird food, roadtrips, adventures, museums, etc. I love seeing the world. I love finding causes to stand behind. I love school. I'm a university student studying to be a publishing agent (meaning I love books and learning). I'm a redhead, which has a surprising effect on my personality and outlook on life. I believe in the healing power of service, big and small. I've had the opportunity to work with orphans in Romania which changed me forever. And I fancy myself a writer. I believe in big goals, big dreams, and living a big life.

Why I am a Mormon

Two words: Peace and Happiness. I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints within which I have learned to grow, flourish, discover my uniqueness and have gained great levels of personal peace and happiness. I am profoundly grateful for this church because it has given me so much more than any other experience, condition, organization or education I have encountered. There is peace I have found in the Book of Mormon. Peace I have found in learning of and using the Atonement of Jesus Christ. There is happiness in living a Christ-centered life. There is happiness found in living the commandments and principles of the Gospel. My face offs with unhappiness or disquiet have been few and brief and I lend that much to my firm and resilient knowledge of my loving and personal Heavenly Father and my caring and supportive family.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith. I do what is taught. I serve, I love, I labor. I work to be educated. I have been a missionary. I have been a church girls camp counselor. I actively seek to feel charity, the pure love of Christ, for others regardless our differences or similarities. I try to do the very best I can and rest in the comfort the Atonement of our Savior provides for what I am lacking. I believe in what James in the Bible said, "What doth it profit, my bretheren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what faith doth it profit? Even so, faith if it hath not works, is dead." (James 2:14-17)

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Nicole
Men and women are fundamentally different. That is obvious to all. Different does not mean unequal, especially in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The roles women play are different and therefore require different blessings and tools. Women are not lacking for not holding the priesthood and not seen as such. Women naturally have the nature to nurture. We innately desire to love and serve. There is not a large need for women to be compelled to be of service to others. It is no matter that the Lord has a different calling for women than men. Each role is pivotal and profound. Women lead in the church as teachers, advisors, counselors, presidents of organizations, mothers, wives and friends. The feminine voice is always heard in the Church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nicole
"Worship" is the wrong word and is reserved for God, our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. We admire and respect Joseph Smith as a prophet of God as we do those of ancient times, such as Moses or Abraham. Joseph Smith is mentioned frequently because he was the man chosen by God to restore the lost truths we both spiritually crave and need as children of God such as why we are here, where we came from and where we will go after death. But it is important to note that we do not worship Joseph Smith as a god nor do we credit him as the source of Truth. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Nicole
Mormon women are strong. Mormon women are sure. We are taught from the time that we are tiny that we are daughters of God. Many people question equality between Mormon men and women because we believe in the traditional roles of the family, the classic stay-at-home mom and the working father. It makes me sad that society has degraded the role of a mother and made it seem undesirable and less than an occupation outside the home. We believe in eternal families. We believe that this life is the one time in all eternity that we are sent to be tried and tested. If those beliefs be true than there is nothing more noble and exciting than being a mother. To be chosen to bring life into the world and to steer that life to goodness and love is one of the greatest and most impressive things that can be done. I am proud to be a woman. I am excited to be a mother one day. I am an advocate for education and self-betterment for all. I value the differences of women from men. All of these things I learned to do from my religion. If that's not feminism I don't know what is. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Nicole
The doctrine we have on the family is one of the most important and dear doctrines to me. We believe that the family is the single more important unit in society. We believe that families are designed to be eternal. The love we feel in and for our families helps us glimpse the love our Heavenly Father has for us, His children. I believe that the family was not a good idea created by God as a way for us to learn and grow, but is in fact, the way. The family is the way we learn love. The family is the way we learn truth. The family is meant to be invaluable and precious. There is nothing more eternal and great as the family. Show more Show less