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Hi I'm Nichole

I grew up in Japan. I enjoy my busy life as mom; a helper, cook, driver, and secretary. I'm a substitute teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two children; a grown-up daughter and a teenage son. I enjoy spending time as a family, reading together and just being with them at home. I also enjoy helping other families in the neighborhood. My oldest daughter lives in a different state so our son gets a lot of attention from us. I sometimes work at an elementary school as a substitute teacher. I enjoy working with children. It gives me joy to watch them learn and grow. I enjoy cooking, reading books and learning new things, especially about health, nutrition and healing. Good eating habits are very important to good health. I also enjoy listening to music and learning how to play the cello. I have learned to be patient with myself in this new endeavor. I enjoy practicing it every day. I have also been learning how to garden the last couple of years, but I have not been very successful at it yet. It takes a lot of patience and efforts to have a successful garden. I would love to have a garden full of organic vegetables, fruits and herbs in my back yard and use them in my cooking for better, healthier meals. And I hope to accomplish it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and grew up in Japan. Life there is based on the Buddhist traditions. It was part of our everyday life; birth, death and marriage. Japanese people participate in traditional buddhist ceremonies at those occasions. But it doesn't mean that they all believe in Buddism. My parents were no exception. They were good respectful people and taught my sister and me right from wrong, but we were not a religious family, just like most of the families. So Christianity was something different and unfamilier to me. I had no knowledge or concept of God or Jesus Christ when I was young. When I was in 3rd grade, one day I had a desire to knock on my friend's neighbor's door, who I had heard was a Protestant missionary from America. She had a small shadowbox with Christ's picture in it outside her house on the fence. I didn't know who the man in the picture was and wanted to know about it. She took me to her church the next Sunday. That was my first encounter with Christianity. When I was a freshman in high school, I started to think about life. I had never thought about my 'life' so seriously until then. What happens after I die? Is it the end? I knew I was always loved by my parents, but will I ever see my family or friends again? I wondered that day. So when I met two LDS missionaries a few days later and heard their message, my mind was awakened. I felt something strong, but peaceful inside. Is it really true that God exists? I wanted to know for myself. Over the next several weeks I was taught by two Missionaries about the teachings of Jesus Christ and his love for each of his children, us. Not only learning about why we are here, I learned about where we came from and where we are going, which made perfect sense to me. I learned about who Jesus Chirst is and what the connection He has with us. I also learned that families can be together forever. As I learned more about the truth, I had a desire to follow his ways, so I joined the church.

How I live my faith

I have been so blessed to feel the happiness ever since I found the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that is the 'peace' Jesus taught when He was on earth. When I choose the right, I feel the confidence that I am doing the right thing. I can be more loving and forgiving. I have more patience and understanding in others and things. The 'peace' I feel is calm yet powerful and tremendous. Everyone's life is filled with so many everyday activities and things. Sometimes we keep going in such a fast pace, we don't know what the purpose of our life really is. I am so grateful that I was lead to know what my purpose is and know that Heavenly Father leads and guides me every day. He loves us and wants us to be happy. He knows I make mistakes and He knows I am not perfect. But, I don't have to be perfect. What God expects of me is to do my best in this life. In the church I have been given an opportunity to encourage people to prepare for the future by storing some food, water, and cash for future needs. In this day and age, anything could happen. Natural disters to a sudden economic crisis in the family. Being prepared is a good thing. Not just a good thing, it is becoming a must. I have been doing this for the last several years, encouraging everyone to be prepared. I also help in a Boy Scout committee as secretary. There are about 15 other adults helping the young boys in our area to participate in the scouting program. It is such a wonderful opportunity to be a part in helping the young boys grow to become great leaders and individulas. These young boys become prepared by learning many important skills in their activities so that they can help and serve others in need. Regardless of what I do in our church or communities, my belief and foundation remains the same. That is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love knowing that God lives and Jesus Christ is my savior. I know they love me and care about me deeply. I have been truly blessed to know that.