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Hi I'm Nina

I am a wife, a mom, a stepmom, a grandma, a high school biology teacher and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a wife and mother of a "Yours Mine and Ours" family. In 2000, my husband, Steve, and I blended his four children (12, 10, 8, and 5) with my two children (5 and 3) and then had a son a year later. We always joked during those early years that if we could survive all that came at us, we could survive anything. It is our faith in Jesus Christ that carried us through it all. I have a BS degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Immunology. I worked in the Pharmaceutical industry before Steve and I married. For 10 years I managed Steve's dental practice and was at home for our 7 children. I volunteered in the schools and discovered my love of teaching. With 3 children on their own, we moved the remaining 4 children to Shanghai, China to pursue a dental opportunity for Steve. There I completed my teaching certificate and began teaching Science at an international school in Shanghai. Steve has joined me in teaching (he had a teaching certificate in math) and we teach at an international school in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I teach IB Biology and general science. All that I've learned as a scientist points to the existence of a God and a creator. The intricacies and true WONDER of living organisms and the earth created to sustain them is no accident! However, as a biologist I also cannot deny the role of evolution in God's creative process! I love sharing the amazement of the natural world with my students. My hobbies include violin, biking, running, reading, writing, travel.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mom was searching for truth and a place to attend church. We tried many churches and visited with different church leaders. When the mormon missionaries came to our home I knew, even at 6, that I wanted what they had. When I was 8, the bishop of our ward challenged me to read the Book of Mormon before I was baptized. I read the book. Though I didn't understand most of what I read, I received a witness of its truth and value in my life. Thus began my journey of faith. I continued to read the scriptures, pray, live the teachings taught me, question, and pray some more. When I was a teenager an LDS temple was built only 20 minutes from my home. As the temple came to completion there were a lot of anti-mormon activities around the temple. I read some literature handed me. I was shaken and shocked by the contents but I knelt in prayer to know the truth. I received an assuring conviction that the words had been written to scare people rather than bring them to truth. I then knew that I wanted to serve a mission and share with others what I knew and what brought me so much peace and happiness in my life. After my Junior year as a chemistry major at BYU, I served a mission to the Washington Spokane Mission. During this time I acquired a deep and abiding testimony of Jesus Christ as my loving Savior. This testimony has carried me through the storms of life leaving me unharmed and untouched but strengthened by having met them with faith and confidence. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Not to be cliche but I seriously on regular occasion consider the question, "What would Jesus do?" I seek to live the principals that I have been taught in all that I do and say. Most importantly, I really try to be honest in all my dealings with my fellow man. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and see them as God sees them: as His children. At the age of 21 I served a full-time mission for the church. Since then I have served in the women's organization as a teacher, local (in a single congregation), and regional (over 9 congregations) leader. I also taught an early morning (6 a.m.!) scripture class to teenagers for 4 years. In the children's organization I have served as teacher and leader as well. For over 20 years I have visited and been visited by other women in the context of the "Visiting Teaching" Program of our church. All women are asked to team up with another woman to visit 3-5 members each month with a message and friendship. Through these visits I have enjoyed the incredible strength and sustaining power of sisterhood. Additionally, both giver and receiver have a chance to feel the spirit of God and to become further converted to the Lord. I have seen the hand of God at work in all areas of my service in the church. While I have enjoyed my roles as researcher, office manager, and teacher in school, my priority is has always been my family. My husband and children will forever come first!