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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm a photographer, a 'Crohnie', a lover of waffles, and a newlywed. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is to Nicole, but to my friends and family, I'm known as Nik. I was born and raised in Utah as the oldest of four kids. I am recently married to an incredible man that I love with my whole heart and who has given me more happiness than I thought possible. I live with Crohn's Disease, which has affectionately given me another nickname- 'crohnie'. I run my own photography business and love seeing the beauty in all of God's children as I take their photograph. I'm currently studying to be a nutritionist- not only do I love food in general and am passionate about the subject, but my Crohn's Disease coupled with my husband's Celiac disease makes eating a little more challenging than for most, so I figured I'd give myself a leg up when it comes to preparing meals for our family. ;) I love what I do and the people I have in my life, and my Heavenly Father who gave it all to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my entire life. However, it's not because I was born into it- it's because I chose it. That wasn't always the case, and it took a couple of years and some hard-learned lessons for me to figure out that my life without God and His church had been a lot more miserable and a great deal harder. Wherever we are and whatever we do, life isn't going to be easy, but God has provided a way to make the going a little less tough and the trials a little less bitter. For me, it makes no sense why I wouldn't choose to have that help in my life- help that raises me above the trials in my life, help that gives me strength when I have none, and help that brings me more happiness than I have ever experienced. The gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed me in every aspect of my life, including relationships, school, and health. Living with Crohn's Disease and every problem that comes with it isn't easy, but it has been possible and I see miracles all the time. I really can't deny the evidence that there is a loving God who truly did send His Son to die for us, and both are eagerly and willingly waiting to help us and to show us just how much they love us. I know that, and I know that if we take the step to draw closer to them, we will all find happiness we could have never imagined and a love that is greater than anything we have ever experienced. And I love God for that, as well as for all the countless blessings He has brought into my life by way of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

For me, 'living my faith' is so much more than a Sunday-only activity. Both my husband and I served as voluntary full-time missionaries for the church (and we both served in the state of Iowa, known as the Iowa Des Moines mission), and giving up 18 months (me) to two years (him) of our lives completely to the service of the Lord has completely shaped who we are as individuals and who we are as a family. Drawing closer to God through reading my scriptures and praying are a daily part of our life, as well as talking of Him throughout the day and enjoying the creations He has made in this world. We both serve as non-paid volunteers in the church and love the happiness service brings us. I know I feel happiest when I am serving God and His children, and doing the things He has asked us all to do to draw closer to him. Even after all my years in the church it still seems strange to me that such simple things like reading scriptures and prayer can make such a huge difference in your life, but they do, and they always will.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Not at all! Missions are volunteer based, and you actually have to pass a string of doctor's tests, be found worthy by your local bishop, and pay for the mission yourself. But although they are not required, they are stronger encouraged, because as we see in the Bible, Jesus Christ taught that those who knew of Him and His gospel are to share it with others. What it comes down to is that all of us- the missionaries you see walking on the street with their nametags and looking so incredibly young, or the senior men, women and couples that labor alongside them- love Jesus Christ and have felt His love for us in our lives, and want to share that love with everyone else. Although we can never repay Christ for what He has done for us, for me, I felt it was the least I could do to give him every minute of 18 months fully in His service and doing His work. Show more Show less