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Hi I'm Nichelle

I am part Navajo/Hopi/Caucasian, I work with teens at a youth program, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Gilbert, AZ I worked at a youth program before my mission on a Native American Reservation; and I was there for the past 13 years. I am not from this reservation, but a question that is asked of me is why I continue to drive the distance I do just for a 7 hr. a day. My answer to this is the youth. I love working with them, they come from homes that aren't ideal and I feel that because of my example and outlook on life I can be a role model for them. I am grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been a member my entire life, and because of the principles the church teaches, I have been able to live a clean life. I have been able to show the youth I work with that it is possible to live a different lifestyle than the ones they are currently in. The church is more than a religion it is a lifestyle; and it is a life that I am grateful for.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member my entire life, and I have had to go through some trials to realize what I have learned and know is true. For me, it is so comforting to know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, and is constantly by my side making sure that I can return to him someday. I love feeling happiness constantly, I love knowing who I am, what the purpose of my life is, and where I will be going after this life is over. I love this church because of how it has blessed my family now and in the past. On my father's side I am a fourth generation member, my great grandparents sacrificed so much for me to be here today. My great grandfather was Hopi and came from a small village named Hotevilla. The Hopi's believe in Kachinas, which are their gods for their religion. In his youth he was in training to become one of the Kachinas, but his uncle felt that his apprenticeship should not continue because he had a greater purpose in life, this decision from his uncle made a lot of the family angry. As my grandfather grew up he met and married my grandmother who was Navajo. In this time, it wasn't accepted because they were from different tribes, their families did not accept them, but my grandparents pressed forward and started a family. One day, two missionaries came to their house, my grandfather did not accept right away but with the persistence of my grandmother and realizing that this was the greater purpose his uncle mentioned, he later accepted. Their family of 8 were baptized. Because of these two missionaries sacrifice to give two years of their lives to the lord, my family has been blessed; there have been grandchildren who have served missions, been married and sealed for time and all eternity, and started families of their own, teaching their kids the teachings of my great grandparents and the church. I am here because of the decision my great grandparents made; and I owe it to them and myself to continue this great legacy.

How I live my faith

I love that the church gives opportunities to all who takes advantage of it, like serving a mission. I am currently serving a mission on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its incredible to see how life prepares you for a journey such as this. I am gone from everyday life for the next 18 mo. Dedicating my time and life to this great work! Thus far its been an incredible ride.