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Hi I'm Nichole O.

I converted to the Church at 20. I served a mission in northern California. I attend BYU-Idaho. I'm a Mormon :D

About Me

Hi! My name's Nichole, and I'm loving life in Rexburg, Idaho. I'm so grateful for all the chances Heavenly Father has given me to be happy out here, in a place I never thought I'd be! I have learned so much about the importance of eternal families here, and of how to make Christ the center of my present and my future. Before I came to BYU-Idaho, I served as a missionary in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, California. I developed such a love for Spanish people, and for my own Spanish-speaking family (I'm half Puerto Rican). My time as a missionary built a strong foundation in Christ and His Atonement, taught me how to love God's children, and provided the launching board for all the blessings I've enjoyed since my mission. Daily God reminds me of the truths I taught and learned as a missionary, and has used them to guide me to happiness and light. As I mentioned, I'm a convert to the Church. I'll elaborate on my conversion story later. Shortly before I was baptized, one of Christ's apostles on the earth today, Elder Holland, came to speak to members of the Church in my area. I'll always remember what he said to me after that meeting: the decision to be baptized was the best I could make and would be the foundation of all other happiness. And he was right! I am so happy and blessed, despite trials and adversities, and I know it is because of the teachings of Christ found in His Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know my Savior, and I love Him.

Why I am a Mormon

In sixth grade history class, I picked a seat next to the Mormon kid, the first I'd ever met. Our friendship continued through high school, and he introduced me to other Mormons. I had friends of many religions, but what stuck out to me about the LDS kids was their quiet devotion to God: they lived what they believed, no matter the teasing they endured, and they were different in an inexplicable way. I admired them deeply. I had a cousin who joined the Church, which further spurred my curiosity, but it wasn't until I became friends with one of my co-workers, who was also LDS, that I began to do something about that curiosity. I started asking questions about my friends, about what they believed. Sarah, following the Holy Ghost, answered each of my questions, and invited me to see for myself. I refused the first few times, but after a few months I attended an LDS dance. What sticks out in my mind is that the people were the same kind of "different" as all my other Mormon friends. There was a love I had rarely seen in others, and never in each person in a huge group of people. I decided to go to church with Sarah, to further understand what was so different and so good about these people. I met the missionaries at church, and they started to teach me and answer questions I'd always had. They taught me about Christ, the restoration of His Church to the earth, and the steps we take to come unto Christ. I devoured the Book of Mormon, and came to have a greater appreciation and understanding of the Savior and His Atonement. I grew up with the Bible, so when I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true I specifically asked if it contained Christ's teachings like the Bible. Through a powerful witness of the Holy Ghost I knew that the Book of Mormon contained God's words, words reserved for our day. I prayed to know what to do once I knew the Book of Mormon was true, and the answer came to be baptized into Christ's Church. And I have never regretted it.

How I live my faith

I love all the opportunities to serve, both formally and informally within the Church. We have no paid clergy; all the church is staffed by people who volunteer their time and talents. All of us have "callings," or specific areas of stewardship and responsibility. I've loved all my callings, but my two favorites are missionary and temple worker. I mentioned my time as a missionary, the great blessing of losing myself in the service of God to help His children find light and truth. As missionaries our greatest desire to help establish a foundation in Christ that will lead new members of the Church to the holy temple, to receive the crowning ordinance of salvation: the sealing ordinance that enables us to live in eternal families. We make promises with God, and He gives us the power to exist in family units in the eternities. I loved the chance I had to help others receive those sacred ordinances, to be taught myself, and to help people to extend those same opportunities for their kindred dead. As I've served in callings and served informally, I've tried to follow the example of the Savior, who "went about doing good." (Acts 10:38). I've been uplifted, blessed richly, and filled with God's love as I've tried to help others around me. I love one of our hymns, a line that beautifully summarizes the blessings of serving others - "Pause to help and lift another, finding strength beyond my own." Service is the expression of the Great Commandment, to love God and love our fellow man. Service is the center of Christ's gospel. I also try to follow the counsel of prophets and apostles, praying to know how I can do a little better each day. Scripture study and prayer help to keep my testimony of Christ vibrant and growing. Attending my church meetings with intent to bless others gives me strength to keep my promises with God. And regularly visiting God's house, the temple, gives me the power to overcome temptation and follow Christ.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Nichole O.
The Book of Mormon demonstrates God's love for all His children. God led a group of His followers from Jerusalem to the Americas, where they learned of Christ and tried to live after His teachings. Men called of God spoke in His behalf, and their teachings were recorded, similar to the teachings of Christ found in the Bible. The pinnacle of the Book of Mormon is Christ's visitation to these people, in His resurrected state, giving a second witness of Christ's triumph over death and sin. Much of the Book of Mormon is an abridgement of hundreds of years of teachings about Christ, reserved specifically for our day. God, knowing of the great challenges and difficulties we would face before the second coming of Christ, brought forth this record through His prophet Joseph Smith. The prophets who recorded the teachings that comprise the Book of Mormon saw our day, and included that which would help us most. In Heavenly Father's perfect timing He called Joseph Smith to translate these writings to English, so that we could access those precious teachings. The purpose of this wonderful book is stated by a Book of Mormon prophet: "to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations." I know this book to be true through prayer. Peace and knowledge that can only come from God filled my soul, and helped me to know of its truthfulness. That same witness comes each time I study it. They are the words of Christ. Show more Show less