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Hi I'm Nikki

I am a barista, an enigma, and my toes are always painted. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a walking juxtaposition, a person of extremes! I have a strong personality which allows me to be very passionate. I am a full time student and a part time worker. Education is something I place a lot of value in. It is just one of those things that no one can ever take away from you. For that reason, I am an Elementary Education major and I look forward to the day when I get to be a part of the development of my students. I love to read books of all genres and I am a complete sucker for a good chick flick. I love chocolate milk, but I don't like to eat chocolate. I am a person with a lot of little (and big) quirks, and I thrive when I am surrounded by my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into the Catholic faith when I was just a baby. It was what all the members of my enormous Filipino family did. Although I was not raised attending church, I was able to find myself going regularly by the time I started high school. As soon as I learned to drive, I would drive myself to church. It was amazing for me to establish a relationship with the Lord. After awhile though, when things just did not feel right, I lost my way. I stopped praying, I stopped believing, and I stopped living life for a greater purpose. About two years ago, when I was at point where life was nothing but tiresome and redundant, I was invited to attend service at the LDS church by a friend. I was overwhelmed with nerves, but I left longing for more of whatever it was I had just experienced. Out of excitement, my friend set up lessons for me with the missionaries. It felt rushed and although I was not ready for baptism at that time, it inspired me to spend a year reading the Book of Mormon, getting back in touch with prayer, and re-connecting myself with the Lord. I knew right away when I was ready to call the missionaries again. The decision for baptism was easy. It was getting to the water that brought me my challenges. Although my family was not happy with my decision and they were more than willing to put me through the greatest grief of my life, I knew in my heart what was right. It has been a year now since my baptism and I am the happiest I have ever been. I feel complete. I testify that we are all blessed with agency. I choose to bear the name of Christ, I choose to experience the good times and the bad, and I choose to endure until the end.

How I live my faith

When I live my life putting faith forward, everything makes sense. My relationship with the Lord is something I have the utmost confidence in. I believe that service is one of the greatest gifts we can provide for one another. The act comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. When I get to visit with my sisters in my ward, whether it's helping them rearrange furniture, watching their dog, or simply listening, my testimony is strengthened. Through church, I have gained the closest of friends and it is nice having our faith as the main commonality in the friendship. Since I am the only member in my family, both immediate and extended, I get the opportunity to truly learn through others. I enjoy providing whatever it is I can to others because in return I feel like I am always the one being blessed by their examples and trust. Living my faith is natural. I wouldn't have it any other way.