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Hi I'm Nicki

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time mother and wife. My husband Matt works in real estate and is preparing for business school, and I have the privilege of staying home all day with our three-year-old son. We are expecting another baby in a few months, and can hardly wait. I spend my days reading and coloring with my little boy and teaching him about the gospel. My family fills my life with joy and I can't imagine life without them. I graduated from college almost four years ago with a degree in Political Science. I enjoy learning about the world and how different countries interact. I am interested in international development and would love to someday work with an international humanitarian aid organization. My husband and I love to travel and learn about different cultures, and have a goal to visit as many countries in the world as we can. We've already knocked seven off the list - only a couple hundred more to go! I also enjoy music, and currently play violin with a church-affiliated orchestra on temple grounds near our home. I believe music is one of the easiest ways the Spirit has to reach us and touch our hearts, and I love sharing my testimony through music.

Why I am a Mormon

My little family brings me the greatest joy I have ever known. I love knowing that through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the blessings he has promised us, I can live with them forever, as long as I continue to live righteously. I am grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ that allows me to repent and return to the right path whenever I stray. The world that we live in today is in turmoil. Political and physical upheaval and dangers all around the world are secondary to the major assault on spirituality and morality. It can be hard to know where to turn and who to follow. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides the unchanging guidance that we need – it is a compass that will always point toward truth and light. The scriptures provide many examples of people living righteously and in faith even in extreme circumstances. Not only can we turn to the scriptures for guidance, but we are blessed with modern prophets and apostles that give us messages from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that are specifically tailored to the problems we face today. I appreciate the emphasis in the church on personal revelation - not only do we have the words of the scriptures and of modern prophets, but we are encouraged to pray, study, and learn for ourselves. I know that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father know me personally, and love me for exactly who I am. I know that I can turn to them in prayer with my questions and concerns, and that I can receive personal answers and guidance. My faith in Christ, my testimony of his redeeming power, and the knowledge that following the principles of the gospel will lead me back to my Heavenly Father provide me with the solid foundation I need to face whatever comes at me from the world.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I have the privilege of teaching four- and five-year-olds about the gospel. Despite being so young, they have amazing testimonies. They know that they are special sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father, and that he has a plan for them. We talk about basic gospel principles and how to live them. As I review these simple truths with them, my own testimony is strengthened. I hope I am helping them develop a love for the gospel and its teachings. In addition to my calling as a teacher in the church, I also participate in a church-affiliated orchestra. We perform several concerts a year on temple grounds. Each concert begins with prayer, and the audience is invited to tour temple grounds and the visitors center. I love inviting people to the concerts - not only do they get to feel the Spirit through the music we play, but they also get to see the beauty and peace of the temple. The most important thing I do to live my faith, however, is teaching my little boy about the gospel. We read the scriptures and say prayers with him every day and help him learn about the principles of the gospel and his Heavenly Father's love for him. I hope that as he develops his own testimony that he will be able to share it with those he meets, whether through quiet example or respectful discussion. If I can help him and the rest of our future children to become faithful and obedient servants of our Heavenly Father, I will feel that I have truly fulfilled the most important role that I have been given in this life.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

We believe in the same ordinance of baptism as performed in Jesus' time that we read about in the bible. Baptism is a personal choice to be made by someone who is able to understand the significance of the act. It is the first step towards returning to our Heavenly Father, and because it is an important ordinance in the plan of our Heavenly Father, baptism must be performed by someone who has received priesthood authority from God. Baptism washes us clean of all our sins, and through baptism we become members of the Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less