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Hi I'm Nina (Amendola) Parker

I was raised in Washington state. I am a wife and a stay at home mom with 4 lovely children. I love Jesus. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in the great Northwest, I naturally became a lover of nature. Swimming, biking, skiing, hiking, or just watching God's handiwork painted across the sky as the sun sets, are all activities I enjoy. Even more, I enjoy seeing the faces of my children and husband when we are all enjoying a moment together out in nature or around the dinner table. Once while I was in such a moment with my family at the dinner table, the thought came to me: Life isn't perfect, but some moments are. I relish such moments. Sometimes such moments come from the sparkle of light on the water as I sit on the shore or float down a river. Other times it may be the voices of my children singing, or a kind action I see. Although I graduated from college, I always planned to make motherhood my career. It is not always easy, but life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given me tools and great associations for myself and my family, that supports and strenghthens our goals to live as good citizens, and be successful and happy in life. We love to make music together. I enjoy most homemaking skills. I love to reuse and recycle. I enjoy serving (with my family especially) in various ways in the community. I volunteer in the schools my children attend and at church as a teacher of young children. I run for excercise. I do not always like it, but the fresh air is good for me.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I had to gain for myself a witness of the truth. I felt it was true from the time I was a very young child. My mother taught me the gospel with such pure love and excitement. I went to church and felt good about the things I learned. But opposition came in high school when some kids started saying that Mormons were not Christian. It really bothered me that they would say that. My brother who was preparing to go on a mission at the time challenged me to read the Book of Mormon all the way through and pray about it to know if it was true. He had just done that and was on fire with the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I took the challenge which took me about 4 or 5 months. I have never changed for the better more dramatically than I did at that time. My love for my fellowmen seemed to grow inside me as if my heart would burst. I wanted to be kind to everyone, and felt a true desire for the welfare of each human soul. I prayed for a witness of the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon and got an answer in the affirmative. Yes it is true! In addition to a tesimony of the truth which came from the power of the Holy Ghost, I also recieved a change of heart. So much selfishness washed away from my thinking. I became eager to serve and love and reach out to others. I know the Book of Mormon is a second witness to the Bible that Jesus is the Christ. I know that reading and studying and following the words within it have helped me become a better Christian. I love the people and stories in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. They help me have hope through trials, they give me strenth to turn from temptation. I have a lot to learn and fall short but I know that it is here within the gospel of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I can become the best I can become.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a good person who is hopefully a benefit to society. My dad always said "Charity starts at home". I really try to keep a ballance so that I serve at home first because if my family is healthy and happy, then we can bless others. I try to take care of my body by eating well and excercising. I try to live my faith by serving in the schools and at church. I try to be a good neighbor and like to get involved with community service projects, especially when I can involve my family. Sometimes we collect things for the needy or help with projects that feed or provide necessities to people at a local homeless shelter. We have gathered food and supplies for pet shelters as well. Wholesome entertainment is important to me. I do not feel good about supporting media that promotes socials ills especially those that degrade and demean family relationships. Jesus loves and forgives. I try to follow Him. I fall short but I believe in Him and His power and grace and atonement in my life. I pray and study His words daily personally and with my family. I want to become more like Him. I enjoy reading about His compassion and understanding nature.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Nina (Amendola) Parker
I have had many prayers answered so readily and specifically that only God could provide such answers in such a way. I believe that to look at any new life, a child, a puppy, a plant rising up from the ground, is to see a witness of His work, His very existence. This beautiful world is a glory to behold which truly denotes there is a God. Show more Show less