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Hi I'm Nicole

I grew up in Utah. Now I live in a big city with my husband and son. We enjoy city life and being parents. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Utah, I loved to spend time outdoors going snow and water skiing. I enjoyed my family's yearly trips to Lake Powell in southern Utah, where I admired the beauty of my surroundings and loved to sleep under the stars. One of my other passions is music. I play the flute and piano and love getting introduced to new songs. I enjoy a range of musical genres, from classical to pop to contemporary rock, and add them all to my music collection. One of my favorite things is singing along to the radio - yes, I'm one of those people! I am a self-described nerd/book worm and love getting lost in a great book. This led to my becoming an English teacher so I could share my love for writing and reading with students. While teaching had its challenges, it was very rewarding to be able to help students on an academic and personal level. Right now I'm at home with my young son. Motherhood has been an amazing and challenging experience. It has taught me much about patience, humility, and selflessness. I'm still learning day-by-day, and I love seeing the excitement my baby has toward the world and learning new things. I hope to be a good example for my little boy as he grows up!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and grew up being taught Mormon doctrine and attending Mormon church services and activities. Obviously this upbringing had a tremendous influence on my current beliefs and my worldview. However, I knew that in order to really commit myself to this Church, I needed to develop my own faith and testimony. This personal conversion process has happened over the course of my life through small, but significant, spiritual experiences and tests of faith. Gaining a testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has been challenging at times, but it has been very rewarding. As I have searched the scriptures, prayed, and faithfully continued to follow the commandments, I have received spiritual confirmations testifying of the truths of the Gospel. I have also experienced peace and clarity regarding questions I have had. I have seen great blessings in my life from following the commandments. This is a huge testimony builder for me because it is tangible and evidenced in my daily life. Aside from spiritual impressions and experiences I have had, living Mormon principles and following its doctrine just makes sense. The Gospel makes me happy and has brought peace to my family during hard times. I love the emphasis the Church has on the importance of the family and how family relationships are eternal. As my husband and I have had a child, this emphasis has become more significant. I know God loves each of us and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Through Him, we can repent of our sins and mistakes and move forward with faith to better ourselves. I know that the fulness of Christ's Gospel was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that President Thomas Monson is a living prophet who receives inspiration from God. I love the knowledge that God and Jesus Christ care about us enough to provide modern day prophets and apostles to guide us through the turbulent times we face.

How I live my faith

I participate in my congregation by teaching children about Jesus Christ. I always love their comments and the faith they show. They are so sweet and teach the adults about humility and meekness. I had the opportunity to teach them an Easter lesson this year, and I loved how excited they were to hear about Jesus' resurrection and to talk about what that means for us. I also have had the opportunity to teach the adult women in the congregation. My lesson recently was on trials: why they happen, how we can endure them well, and how we can be blessed by remaining faithful through our trials. I was impressed by the devotion of the class members as we discussed how to maintain faith even amidst trying circumstances. I also visit members of my congregation to get to know them better, develop friendships with them, and strengthen each other spiritually. I have enjoyed this opportunity to get to know church members on a more personal level. I also swap babysitting with other ward members and offer other types of temporal service (giving rides to church for those without cars or delivering food items to families in need).