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Hi I'm Nikki

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of five children, a school pyschologist and a breast cancer survivor. My greatest goal in life was to be a mother. It is all I dreamed of and all I planned. I got married and started my family young. I had all of my kids before I was 28 years old. Thankfully, my wise parents encouraged me to finish my college education and wqith the ehelp of my mother and sister, I received my Bachelor's degree while having and raising my babies. When my youngest was 4 years old, my husband was laid off and I started teaching Early Childhood Special Education full time. While juggling my job and kids was difficult, it wasn't until I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 37 that I learned the true meaning of trial. My husband had recently started working as a flight attendant and was out of town more than he was home. I went through chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries. While this was a challenging time, it was also a time that brought the whole family closer to the Savior. My kids are my greatest gift. I have a son who is on a mission in Ecuador, a daughter who is attending community college. I have two sons in high school who are involved in sports. My youngest is an 8th grade girl who loves DRAMA. I have a hectic, crazy and full life- but I thank God for it everyday.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the church. I don't remember a time that I didn't know it was true. I have felt the spirit on too many occasions to every deny my faith. Through the trials of life, it is my faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ and his true gospel that has carried us through. When we learned how advanced my cancer was, I had to face first hand the reality that my time on earth may be limited. I truly do not fear death. I look forward to being reunited with my loved ones that have passed on and know that I will be with my children again. Still, I worried about leaving my kids without a mother. Many church members prayed for me and my family. Countless blessings have fallen upon our family. I live with the reality that at any time, the cnacer could come back. My family realizes in a very powerful way the importance of following the commandments so that we can be reunited some day. I'm so grateful for this knowledge. It has carried me through some tough and trying days.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a continual work in progress. It seems that I do well for a while in remembering my own personal scripture study and in hectic times, it is too often the first part of my day to go. This is my greatest struggle and my greatest goal... to give my self time with my Savior each and every day. I am blessed to have great kids who remind me to have family scripture and prayer each morning. I can't imagine starting the day without that strength. I think of it as our family's protection for the day. I try to live each moment of the day in a way that I would not be ashamed if our Savior was watching me. I try to be more like him by accepting others and try to lift others up. This can be challenging in stressful work situations. Whether it is work, my kids, myself, my husband, or others of concern, I feel the power of earnst prayer strengthening me and helping me to be what the Lord would like me to be. I am FAR from perfect. I am a Work in Progress. But I am grateful to have my Savior's example to show me the way to live. I am thankful for the spirit of peace that I receive as an answer to prayer when I know how inadequate I am to face the challenge before me.