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Hi I'm Nicole

I love learning, hiking, reading great books, travelling, cooking and rainy days at the beach. I love my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a seasoned stay-at-home mom. I have 7 children. My oldest is 22 and our youngest are 5. I have my Master's Degree in Education and love the gift of learning. I really enjoy travelling when possible. I have a real love for history, especially Medieval English history. I enjoy reading, gardening, chocolate, and anytime we can spend together as a family. Spontaneous road trips are great - especially if they lead us towards the ocean! We love reading together as a family. Our two favorite series are Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. I grew up in Berlin, Germany. My father was in the Army. I rarely ever went to church growing up and religion was unfamiliar territory for me. I was a little rebelious - became a single mother at 17 and then wondered what I was supposed to do with my life then. I was determined not to fail as a single parent and quickly started my college education. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Anthropology. I worked as a social worker doing child abuse investigations and family treatment work. That really discouraged me to see the bad in the world on a daily basis and quickly learned that I needed to find something more uplifting to do. I then started work on my Master's degree. During this time I was raising my son and my sister's son. My sister had died from MS at 31. After being a single mom for almost 10 years, I met a wonderful single dad and we blended our families into one. We are happy. We are Blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not grow up with any sense of religion. I was a misdirected young teenage girl. Being a single mom at 18, I began asking myself what life was really about and what I was doing with it. I began seeking for a greater purpose. I looked at many different churches - Catholic, Lutheran, Christian, etc. and didn't seem to find the answers to the questions I was looking for, or I didn't feel good about the theology I was being taught. I met with 2 Mormon missionaries and in a relatively short period of time I began hearing the answers to so many of the questions that I had. I learned about the Plan of Salvation - God's plan for all of us, about my Savior Jesus Christ, and about the gift of the Atonement. I prayed to know if what I was hearing was true and I received confirmation. I just knew that it was. It felt so real, so tangible. I realized my purpose in life. I am a Mormon because of what this church has done to change my life for good. I love what this church does to bring me closer to God, closer to my Savior Jesus Christ, closer as a family, and stronger as a woman. I can handle any trial sent my way because I know where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going. My life is a gift from God. The principles of this faith have done more to help me find the direction I need in life to move forward, make progress, and be the kind of woman, mother, wife, and neighbor that I want to be. I follow The gospel of Jesus Christ because it makes me whole. I lived the first half of my life without it, I am grateful to have the rest of my life with it. I can do what I need to do everyday because I truly understand for what purpose I am doing it. This principle's of the gospel of Christ helps define my life in action, word, and deed. I love being a mother, a wife, a good neighbor, an educated woman, and a friend to those in need. I love truly Knowing my purpose here in life. I love my Heavenly Father. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I LOVE BEING MORMON!!!

How I live my faith

I love the organization of our church. Jesus Christ is the head of our church and it is His example that we all strive to follow. We read the scriptures diligently. We read the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants to understand more clearly what our Savior wants us to learn to help make our journey here the best that it can be. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I have heard that if you want to love someone you serve them. This principle is so very true. I believe that no one has greater love than our Savior Jesus Christ and He has served greater than any other human being. His whole life was given in service to His fellow being. Our Savior taught us through His teachings how we are to live our life. He also taught us through His actions how to live our life. I know that if we strive to follow Him, truly follow Him, we will feel great joy and peace. I strive to be like Jesus. I am not perfect and for that I am grateful for the Atonement and His sacrifice. I enjoy the peace that comes from following His counsel. I look for ways to be of service to those around me. I also serve in my church. I have done many things from leadership positions to teaching in the nursery or being a Cub Scout Den Mother for our church cub scouts. I enjoy being a part of a bigger family. I know that I could move to most anywhere in the world and a church family would be there learning and doing the same things, with the same programs to help make my family and me the best and happiest we can be. I am not alone in this world and never have to be again. Sometimes things get real tough - death, illness, fires, others hurting you or the ones you love. However, I know that we do not need to go through these things alone. Heavenly Father is always there for you, and so is His Son, Jesus Christ, and so are the members of His church. I am so grateful for my husband, my children, my family, and my faith. I am grateful to be Mormon.