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Hi I'm Nikki.

I'm from the United States Midwest, I love family, the outdoors, studying languages and philosophy, traveling, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life is full of roses, but you have to learn to enjoy the roses with the thorns. I'm an optimistic with a spontaneous sense of humor and live life to the fullest. I'm from the Midwest, earned my Bachelor's degree in Sociology (minoring in Mandarin and Psychology) in December 2012 in Idaho, and plan to earn a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy wherever my husband finds a job. Some say you can't go to school and have a family, but I disagree. I started college, took a year off school to teach English in China, got married, had a baby, and earned my Bachelor's degree all before anyone else in my high school class earned theirs. I have always strived to put God first, and He makes all things possible, like marrying the man of my dreams, getting a higher education, traveling, and having such a wonderful family. I put God first, let Him carry my burdens, and can be at peace in a crazy world and enjoy life completely!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I come from a genealogy of Mormons, that is not the reason I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints today. Being intrigued by history and philosophy as a child, I studied many theories and found enjoyment in trying to understand the histories of various religions and beliefs. As I matured, I discovered that pure, unchanging truths are scarce in the world today, and it scared me to think that I was living in a world where a majority of people had little pure understanding. Through reading The Book of Mormon and praying to God, I came to discover that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints really is God's church on the Earth, with a prophet called by God and apostles. Because of this, I have full faith and confidence in God and can live through life without worry. The concepts are eternal, not just to "be good" and hope I am saved, but to develop an understanding of who God is and my purpose in this life and eternity. I have always known that God loves me. I have always known He is my Father, and because He is my Heavenly Father, I know He loves me more than I can even imagine. He sent His Son (my Brother), Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins, and establish His church so we know how to return to our Father.The church that is once again on the Earth today is also evidence of that love, and there is no way I would give it up for anything in the world.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is not something I do daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, but is a way of life, a way to find our relationship with God, and fill the emptiness in our hearts. It doesn't restrict me from life, but enhances all my experiences and my relationship with God, my family, and my friends. I look at it this way, I sacrifice a penny to God, and in great love He showers me with so many lasting blessings that I couldn't possibly compare them to monetary value. Many people say that religion only restricts people from science or a deeper look into the universe, but in contrast, I have discovered that I can be a scientist and a philosopher and still whole-heartedly believe in God. The more I study about nature, the universe, and how mankind thinks and has lived throughout the ages only increased my testimony of God, and I can know for myself if something is real and true by how God impresses my heart, and everything connects and increases. There is no end to truth and knowledge. Eternity is real, and our time on Earth is so precious in God's great and eternal Plan. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not made up by man, but restored back to the Earth by Jesus Christ Himself through the Prophet Joseph Smith. There is nothing in this world I cannot discover when I put God first and seek for knowledge. My life is full because I'm not restrained, but motivated to learn everything I can. God created this world just for us, to learn, grow, and understand! I can study religion, philosophy, science, history- anything, and it just increases my understanding of who God is and my relationship with Him.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Nikki.
Growing up I wondered "Why, if God is such a merciful and loving Heavenly Father, would He only love some enough to save them and let them hear the gospel, and leave others to be damned just based on their circumstances?" It just didn't make sense. Then I found out that the answer is not only "out there", but on the Earth today! God loves all His children (us) and wants us all to return to live with him again after we die, but we cannot live with God again if we are not baptized. We also know that God has created this Plan, and wouldn't leave anyone out, which is why He helped clarify baptisms for the dead to Joseph Smith. We can research our family history and find those in our ancestry who were not baptized, and we can take their records to the temple and be baptized in place of each of our ancestors we find. That way they can progress and live with God again in the next life. It is pure evidence of God's pure and eternal love for all His children. It is because of this love that I gained a testimony for myself of Our loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less