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Hi I'm Nicole

I grew up in Wenatchee, WA in a family with eight children. I'm an entrepreneur and love being a Mormon!

About Me

I've always lived in overdrive. If I'm not working on some impossible project, traveling to crazy places or pushing myself to master a new skill, I tend to feel unproductive and restless. Most people (including my family) think I'm crazy. And they would be right. Sometimes I wonder if I can keep this up my whole life, but everyday living is so much more interesting when you make the most of it and that's what keeps me going. There are so many ways to bring joy to yourself and others in this life and I feel as though I should explore all of them before my time is up! I grew up in a large family with eight children. Absolute chaos. Absolute fun. Absolutely my favorite people in the whole world. Seriously. My parents always encouraged us to spread our wings and dream big. I took their advice to heart and pushed myself to run marathons, travel to new places, learn new languages and study different cultures. I moved to California (Bay Area) about two years ago and enjoy many of the outdoor, techie, foodie features it has to offer. I met my best friend here. We love to tackle big, impossible projects together - like film competitions, remodeling homes, resigning from our stable jobs and starting our own tech company. See what I mean about crazy? We decided we worked so well together we should make it more official and were married on March 17, 2012. Pushing each other to step outside our comfort zones has taught us to truly rely on the Lord and has always brought us great joy.

Why I am a Mormon

One of my favorite scriptures teaches that "men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness" (D&C 58:27). I was taught from a young age that I should be going about doing good, exploring, working, serving and learning. I had my moments deviating from what I was taught, but I always found myself wanting the peace that the church and the Gospel bring to my life. I am a Mormon for more reasons than can be listed here in a few paragraphs. My experiences have taught me that a life filled with the teachings and testimony of Jesus Christ is a life of true joy and happiness. And when I say "true joy and happiness," I mean the kind of happiness that can never be taken away. The kind of happiness that comes from feeling peace in your heart and mind because you know you are where you're suppose to be and doing the things you're meant to do in this life. The kind of happiness that comes from following Christ's example to serve and love others. The Gospel of Jesus Christ provides a clear path for my decisions and priorities. It influences my goals and gives me peace and balance when life gets overwhelmingly out of balance. What others may find constricting or too difficult about the way I live, I find liberating and worth the struggle. I've been brought to my knees many times during personal hardships, seeking to know of the truth of the Gospel and the church, only to feel a confirming peace, to be raised higher and buoyed up by the love of my Heavenly Father. I know He lives and I know his son, Jesus Christ, is my savior and redeemer. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church and that He guides it today with a living prophet. I know He beckons all to come unto Him and feel of the peace and joy that His Gospel brings. I will do all I can to help Him in this great work as I strive to be anxiously engaged in good causes and bring to pass much righteousness.

How I live my faith

Although I love to tackle complex projects and goals, I love the simplicity of Gospel teachings. For example, as I focus on meaningful daily prayer and scripture reading, I draw closer to my Heavenly Father and gain much needed guidance for life's decisions. Just that one simple principle has opened my mind to God's will and plan for me. He has guided me to know what to study in school, where to live and work, to serve as a full-time missionary, to marry my husband and continue to move forward in faith. Simple principles of the Gospel texture the tapestry of my life path. I live my faith by striving to do these simple principles everyday and not just talk about them. I struggle just like anyone to do these things, but the fruits and rewards of my labors motivate me to keep trying, keep struggling and keep moving forward. The church as an organization strengthens my ability to live simple principles. It teaches me how to live a life with true charity and understand the value of Christ-like service. As members, we all have different responsibilities and work and serve together to make things happen. Whether it's giving someone a ride, providing a meal, helping someone move or visiting someone in the hospital, I feel it is my duty and privilege to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to bless and help those around me. My husband and I are ward missionaries (members that help the full-time missionaries in our congregation) in an area with many needs, physical and spiritual. I've found myself really digging deeper than I ever have before to love each individual I serve and truly help them understand the basic principles of the gospel. The service I render at church and throughout the week to my fellow members and those not of our faith brings me pure joy and happiness.