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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm a stay at home mom. I'm a wife, sister and a daughter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of four children. We had our three older children quickly, starting only 2 years after we were married. I was 21 when our oldest was born. Then our next child came 2 years 2 months later and then the third 2 years, 2months after that. We were busy. During the pregency of our second oldest, things changed for us. My husband lost his job and we were sent into a financial tailspin. We didn't know what to do. I had a full time job that helped to keep us going. My husband couldn't find another full time job that would support our family so he ended up taking a couple part time jobs. This was great for a whole. I was able to quite my full time job and focus on our young children. Then we got pregnant with our third oldest. During this time, my husband changed jobs again. This opened doors for us. Because of this job, he was led to a job in Washington state. We had no idea what was ahead of us because we were leaving everything we knew behind to be completely on our own in Washington. We had no family here but we knew it was where Heavenly Father wanted us. We adjustmented and got use to the changes but we have come to know why Heavenly Father wanted us here. We have been blessed in ways we never would have see if we had stayed in the place we had grown up. We have grown closer as a family and to our Heavenly Father. We have learned to rely on His guidance and not on our own understandings. We love the Northwest and this is where our youngest was born.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Chirst of Latter-day Saints but even those of us that were raised in the gospel have our own conversion story. My started when I was hurt by a family member. This hurt required intervention beyond what my church leaders could provide and the emotional hurt it caused cascaded down to friends and extended family. It was an embarassing thing to have to share about myself and it didn't help any that I was just becoming a teenager. Things were confusing and crazy during that time of my life but I had great leaders who recognized what was going on and stepped up to give me the support and love I needed right on that time. I felt my Savoir's love as my leaders reached out to help me through that crazy time. Within a few years of this crisis, my family moved from one state to another. At this time I was finishing my 10th grade year and moved to a new high school with only 2 months left in the school year. Making friends turned out to not be a bad things but it still wasn't easy but again, I had great leaders who reached out again to help me feel of my Savior's love and that this was a good move for our family. I had a really great seminary teacher my senior year in high school who really got me to extend myself and to really study the Book of Mormon. He got us to think about and apply what we were reading and he planted in us a desire to make it a part of our lives. I felt like he personally challenged and encouraged me along my path of discovery that year and I know that it was by his example, I knew that I always wanted to stay close to the scriptures and the words of our prophets. I took me several years since to make it a daily habit but now that it is, it's like making sure that I've put on my shoes before I go out of the house. I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving with the young children of our church. I can't stand there and teach these 3 to 11 year old boys and girls without making sure that I live the principles I am teaching. I live my faith through my example. I learned this lesson by raising my own children and serving with our older youth. You can't expect someone to live the gospel unless you're living it. I love the story of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon. He is a great example of a leader who lived what he taught. He sustained himself as king with the work of his own hands. As a leader, I did not stand back and watch our youth and others of our church without rolling up my sleeves to work along side them. One time, at girls camp, we were doing a service project on the property we were using. As I worked along side those great girls, I was asked to stop because this was "their" service project but I couldn't. I knew there was plenty of work for everyone and I couldn't let my cabin girls seeing me standing around when I expected them to work. I did what I expected them to do which was to serve. I often think back to that experience when I think in the raising of my own children. I don't have my children do chores and not do chores myself. They need to see me serving them just as much as they need to learn service too. It's been interesting when friends come over and my home isn't, what I call "mommy clean" but I know my children are learning the value of service and work. Needless to say, I live my faith through my example.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Nicole
Here are some the customs I have in my family as we participate in the church. On Sundays, we were our best clothing. The girls and myself, where dresses. My husband and my son, who both hold the Priesthood where nice pants, white shirt and tie with a nice sports coat or suit jacket. Wearing our Sunday best helps us to remember to be reverant and respectful during our Sunday worship. We celebrate Christmas. We put up a Christmas tree usually on Thanksgiving weekend. This tradition is special as this is usually the weekend we present out children with their ornament which was picked out special for something that happened to them during the year. Something that might be a little different for our family is that we only get 3 gifts for Christmas. These gifts, which one comes for "Santa", one from a sibling (they swap names) and one from us. We have had many great memories over the gifts that they give each other rather than the store bought trinkets they have gotten from other sources. The gifts from the heart are truly the ones that matter. We also celebrate Easter. Again, this is a little different for us and it stems from what I was raised with but it allowed me to focus more on the Savior instead of the eggs and bunnies. We have a family candy basket but mostly the entire holidy is about the Savior's sacrifice for us and His resurrection. The most memorable Easter for me was a week spent on the last week of Christ's ministry with my kids. Show more Show less