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Hi I'm Nikole Squires

I married my best friend July 2016. I love jumping in puddles. I love reading and hiking and eating. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I returned March 2015 from my full-time mission in Santa Rosa, CA for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and got married this past July 2016 to my sweetheart for time and all eternity in the LDS Gilbert, AZ temple! I love learning new things, whether it be about a subject in school or about a friend or family member. In my book, Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn are the classiest women this world has ever seen. Throughout high school and even now, I ran and/or hiked almost every day. I absolutely love to eat and cook. I love climbing trees and making snow angels. I actually, legitimately, and truly enjoy the cold and the snow. I secretly wish scrunchies never went out of style. I love popcorn. And ice cream. If I had to choose one food I was stuck eating for the rest of my life, I would choose margherita pizza. Truthfully speaking, I probably take a nap every day. If not every day, at least every other day. I am an avid fan of naps. I am also an avid fan of reading and nice, long, uninterrupted yawns once in a while. I sang in an a capella women's jazz choir and fell in love with jazz. And most importantly of all, I am a Mormon, and I live and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the Church, I still had to discover that answer on my own. I am a Mormon because every time I go to Church I feel a warm, peaceful feeling come over me and know that this is the right place to be. I am a Mormon because I know what it feels like to be burdened with sin, or guilt, or shame, or sadness, or pain, and have it lifted off my shoulders through my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know that Christ lives and will be our Friend and Brother forever, and is constantly reaching out to us and begging us to take His hand and feel His love. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and felt that same warm, peaceful feeling while praying to know if it is true. And I know that it is true. I am a Mormon because I know that Joseph Smith DID see God and His son, Jesus Christ. I know that the church Joseph Smith restored was the same church that Jesus Christ formed when He was on the Earth. Finally, I am a Mormon because I know that families should be together forever, and with His Church, families can be together forever through temple ordinances. I am thankful for the start of my eternal family with my husband Devin.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I have been taught that charity is the purest form of love, because it's the love Christ showed to others during His time here on Earth. There is not one chapter in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John that doesn't mention a particular way that Christ is serving His people, whether it be by teaching them, healing them, or setting aside time to talk to them. So, I try to do the same! I live my faith by trying my best every day to walk as Christ walked - offer help, a smile, a hug, a high-five, a snack, a listening ear. I mess up every day and I am definitely not perfect, but I am doing my best.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Nikole Squires
We most definitely believe in and regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God. The youth in our church are taught about the Bible in church from a young age and in their teen years taught in daily seminary classes. Even the full title of the Book of Mormon supports that we also believe in the Bible: "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ." And what do we believe is the first testament of Jesus Christ? The Bible. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nikole Squires
No - Mormons are encouraged to help all of their fellow men. The Bible teaches that helping another person is like helping God (Matthew 25:40). Because we study the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon and the teachings in the Book of Mormon also encourage service to all of God's children, whether of our faith or not of our faith (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:17), we serve all types of different people with different religious backgrounds. Our missionaries spend 18 to 24 months serving people not of their faith to try to bring them to Christ and feel the joy they feel. The Mormon church is also one of the quickest world organizations - religious, medical, and humanitarian included - to respond to natural disasters. In an article in mormonsinbusiness.org, Mel Borup Chandler, a social service professional, mentions that "in catastrophic disasters...church officials are able to mobilize a volunteer and relief force within hours of the event. Also when possible, the church pre-places supplies in anticipation of a disaster. This is what the church did in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina. This aid is given to all who need it, as long as supplies last, regardless of religious affiliation." Show more Show less