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Hi I'm Nina

I'm a former radio personality, a trainer, a quilter, and I'm a child of God.

About Me

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with politics. Though I'm very interested in our government and the direction our country is headed, I (like most people, I think) get very frustrated with politicians. I love our Constitution and greatly appreciate the work it took on the part of our founding fathers to create this document that unified our nation. We live in a great land with freedoms most in our world don't experience. I look forward to election day and get pretty excited about participating in government. And I really love discussing politics - not arguing. Actual discussions, even with those whose views are different from mine. It's a great opportunity to hear what others think, get a different perspective, and learn something new.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both converts to the church and were both raised Catholic. They each pursued individual paths that led them to learn more about what Mormons believe and ended up meeting at my dad's baptism. All six kids were raised in the church, though not all stayed with it. I say my parents are both converts but I've learned that all members need to be converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ - whether raised in this church or another. It's not always an easy process. I lived most of my young-adult life depending on my parents and their testimonies but didn't really know for myself whether or not the things they taught me were true. In my early 20s, I moved away from my family to a place where I knew no one. For the first time, I felt truly alone. I began to question some of the basic things I'd been taught: Am I really a child of God? Does He know and care about me? I wanted to believe the answer to these questions was yes but something held me back. I needed to know that I did matter - as more than just the "solid, dependable" family member my parents saw in me. I spent many nights on my knees praying to Heavenly Father, desperately seeking to know that I was known and loved. Gradually, it occurred to me that answers to prayers don't often come as instantly life-changing experiences. Instead, I had to exercise faith before I would know ... I had to act as though I already believed it was true. So I did. It didn't come overnight. In fact, it took several months for me to see that Heavenly Father really is interested in the lives of His children. As I was able to look back over that time in a place where I knew no one, I was able to see that He does love me and see me as a valued daughter. With that knowledge came peace and understanding that serve as the foundation of my testimony. Now I can say with surety that I know I'm a child of God, that He lives and loves each of His children. He stands ready to bless us if we'll keep His commandments.

How I live my faith

I try to remember that we're not really that different. All people want to be loved and feel valued, so I try to be kind. Of all the things Jesus Christ taught while He was on this earth, He taught us to be kind, to love and lift and strengthen each other. I want to do a better job of that.