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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm an Army Brat, an artist, a shorty, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of four children by ten years. My dad was in the army for 25 years and as a result my family has lived all over the world. I have a wonderful family. We all still live together and I've gotten to where I love spending time with my sisters and my niece and nephews. I'm very nerdy. I love cartoons, video games, browsing art websites; I'm not exactly your average college age girl. Currently I'm going to college to become an animator but so far it's been very difficult. I love art, music, travel, and history. I especially love Italian and German history and art. I find the art of the Italian Renaissance particularly beautiful and inspiring. One of my greatest dreams was to see the work of Michelangelo in Florence and I got that opportunity last year. My family and I were able to see the David, The Slaves, The Sistine Chapel, and the Madonna of the Stairs. I dragged my family all over Italy and I still need to go back there was quite a bit I missed.

Why I am a Mormon

I've had people get after me because I was born into a mormon family and was not converted. People who aren't members of the church have said or felt that I didn't get to choose my religion and that I was forced to be a member, but that's not true at all. I think if you ask any long time member, you will find that we all have personal trials in our lives that give us the chance to decide if we really want to continue to be a member of the mormon church. I came to that crossroad my junior and senior in high school. I remember consciously thinking about whether I should continue or not. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I was happiest when living what I had been taught in the church. I realized that I was at peace and my family was at peace when I followed what I knew from personal spiritual experiences was right. I knew that Jesus Christ was my personal saviour, and that God is aware of us and loves us. I knew that the trials in our lives that he presents us with are their to make us stronger, even if we feel that they are breaking us down. God understands our pain and our joy and that is why I am still a mormon.

How I live my faith

Currently I work with my sister and we teach the three year olds in our church. We were terrified when we were asked to teach them, but we've gotten to where we love talking to them and playing with them each week. Next month I will have the opportunity to travel to Provo Utah, where I will began training to be a missionary. It very rare for a girl to want to be a missionary, but through spiritual experiences I felt very strongly that I should serve. I will be in training for three months and then I will be sent to Berlin Germany where I will work as a missionary. I'm very scared, but I know that God will help me through all things. I know that he will help me with the German language, and help me find people that need or are looking for the happiness church brings me.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Nicole
It is not that what goes on in the temple is secret but sacred. To go to the temple is the ultimate act of religious devotion within the mormon church. Within the temple, mormons make sacred promises to God and reflect on how they can better serve God in their daily lives. After going to the temple members of the mormon church are expected to live their lives according to the promises they've made within the temple. If a member of the church is not ready to make the major commitments outlined in the temple (fidelity, piety, charity, family; all basic christian principles) then they cannot or will not go to the temple. Also, the mormon church gives children and teens the chance to decide if they want to continue to be members of the church. Generally, members cannot go to the temple until they are ready to be married, serve a mission, or are at an adult age of accountability. Therefore, children are not forced to take upon them a higher form of devotion to the religion until they are ready. Show more Show less