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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education.

About Me

I am a mom of 2. I have a 7 yr old boy and a 4 yr old daughter. My husband and I have been married 10 yrs. We both grew up in a country town in MD. It was considered to be a pretty safe place. I have an associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I am continuing my education in the same field online. I like to knitt and quilt. I am learning to play the paino. I love to sing. And I cant wait to play paino and sing along songs of praise. I love playing basketball and softball. I played soccer in my youth and loved it. If there was a womens soccer team in the area I would play. I enjoy the outdoors. Any outdoors scene will do. I love them all. My husband and I buy distressed properties and fix them up. I have learned a little of everything in the world of renovation, like drywall, spackle, painting, a lil plumbing and electrical. There ARE jobs to big for me :) But thats why hubbys there. Installing a new toilet is actually easier than most people think. We plan to retire early through our rental properties.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because I believe the doctrine. I believe in God the Eternal Father and in his son Jesus Christ. I believe that a person is saved by the grace of God through faith in his son Jesus Christ and that Jesus is the only way salvation comes. I like that church teaches the doctrines of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentence, baptism for the remission of sins, and Laying on of the hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I know that the bible teaches these principles and ordinances in that very order. When I was 13, I was baptized a member of this church. My parents were not members and neither were any of their friends. My dad was raised catholic and he perfers the bapist faith. My moms mom was seven day adventist and her father was a Mason. They didnt really go to church regularly but they did believe in the Father and the Son. My neighbors were the best example a christian family I had ever witnessed in my life. I remember staying the night over their house and having dinner with them. Most nights for dinner we kneeled in prayer for the blessing ( I stayed the night a lot). In the morning I remember the dad left for work pretty early. The whole family ( 3 kids and 2 parents) would get up every morning for family prayer and devotional time that was spent reading the scriptures. I remember how the kids wrapped up in the blankets and walked down the stairs to the kitchen with the blankets dragging behind them. I was always half asleep. Before leaving their home for church ( I went with them ) or any where they prayed for safety. Shortly after I was baptized they moved. I was definitely sad.. But I still try to keep in contact with them. They are very special to me. I know without a shadow of a doubt that God placed that family there so he could bless my life with the gospel. Even though I was not raised in the gospel, I can apply their example of gospel living in my own family and home.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying with my family at every meal and before bed. We attend church regularly. I love partaking of the sacrament of the Lords Supper ( breaking bread or communion). In our church we partake every week. Our services pretty much revolve around the sacrament. It is a way we can renew our baptismal covenants. It also helps us to focus on the sacrfice Jesus made for us when he suffered in the garden and sweat drops of blood and when he was crucified. My kids and I spend time reading from the bible and the book of mormon as a family. I am currently teaching institute which this year is on the Old Testament. Next year we will study the New Testament, the following year it will be the book of mormon. And it is a repetative cycle. The Holy Ghost has been teaching me the parallels between the old and the new testaments. The way they did things in Israel with the sacrafices for sin and the offerings. I can see how this ties in with Jesus and his atonement. But the Bible doesnt give you all the details. In the Book Of Mormon..the atonement is discussed in depth and it is such a beautiful thing to understand how they all match up when put together. I was recently an inactive member of the church...seemed to me I was in a state of no return. My faith in Jesus was gone...Satan had done a good job of decieving me. But I felt the Lord trying to draw me back to Him. For 3 years he was giving me little peices. The pieces were so little that I was just ignoring them. One day I read a book that said to memorize scripture. So for 80 days I memorized 1 vs a day. On day 60. The Holy Spirit showed me another piece to the puzzle. At this time I hadn't read one LDS scripture in 3 years. That day in that moment I was so amazed at what I had read in Acts and felt the joy overflowing out of the top of my head threw my toes and fingers. I wanted to jump for joy and praise the LOrd, I also thought to fall to my knees..But all I could do was stand there and soak it all up.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Nicole
The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is the third member of the Godhead. He is one in purpose with God the Father and God the Son, making them unified. He does not have a body of flesh and bones. This is how he is able to dwell in us. He is a comforter, teacher and a revealer of truth. When we repent, he is the one who cleanses us or santifies us. Of course he does this by the power of God for he is a member of the Godhead. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Nicole
To me, a Christian is someone who not only follows the teaching of Jesus Christ, but who also believes that He is their Lord and Savior. I believe that we must have faith in Jesus and be baptized into His church. We must recognize His sufferings and sacrafice as the means of our salvation. Through Christs atonement we can repent and be forgiven. There is only one name under heaven whereby men can be saved....And that name is JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth. So this being said, I know that I am a Christian. And I am a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (mormon). Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nicole
The church and the members do not worship Joesph Smith. If you sing a song about Moses in sunday school, does that mean you worship Moses? Of course not. We teach our children and families about ALL the prophets who have lived. We do not worship them. Just like in the bible, other apostles will quote a previous one. We do that with our modern day prophets. We share their teachings. Our modern day prophets teachings are in tune and match up with ancient prophets. Do our prophets today teach against idol worship, fornication, and homosexuality? Yes, and so did the prophets of old. Do our prophets teach that the only way to be saved is in the name of Jesus Christ? Yes. Joseph Smith was an instrument in Gods hands. He restored the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. He never asked for praise and he didnt want it. He knew where all his blessings came from and he proclaimed it. Even after being tortured by tar and feathers. He would not denie the truth. God has chosen many great men and women to be put in leadership capacities throughout all the ages. All of them are equal. Only Jesus and the Eternal Father are to be worshiped. Show more Show less