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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm an ice cream addict. I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. I've competed in beauty pageants and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well. I would have to say I probably broke the mold when I was born. I'm anything but typical. I love the usual girly things (thanks to my mom's influence)- chick flicks, painting my nails, curling my hair, lacey dresses, cooking, little kids...ALL of that. I've competed in a few beauty pageants and I was the Days of '47 Queen. But my girly side is just that, it's one side of me. I also love hunting. I love hiking. I love it- why? Because I get to be with my dad. I get to do more than see nature, I get to be in it. I've even climbed the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. (in case you were curious, it's like running a marathon while having the flu. It was the worst BEST experience I have ever had but I wouldn't trade it for the world) I love learning. Which is a blessing, since that consumes my life as a college student. I just returned from a study abroad in Jerusalem, Israel. It was an experience of a lifetime to overlook the Dome of the Rock from my porch each night, walk to the Western Wall to welcome in Shabbot and stand in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre thinking of Christ's ministry. After living in the Holy Land, I put my college education on hold for a season to serve a mission. Today, I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The lessons I have learned in this Church and by walking where my Savior walked, make me want to share this knowledge with the world. And that is exactly what I am doing.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes in life, we live a certain way out of habit. Day to day, we do the same things, over and over. But this gospel isn't one of those things for me. It's not just a habit or a routine for me. It's something I treasure and I choose. For me, it's something I feel. It's not right just because my parents live it or my best friend does. It's right because in the end, it makes me happy. It's right, because it's what brings peace to my life. It brings direction and hope. I am a Mormon because it's what I want for me and my life, and what God wants for me. I'm a Mormon because living this way is worth it, it always has been and always will be. I'm a Mormon because I believe it is true. I'm a Mormon because it feels right. My conversion to Christ and His gospel has been a lifetime journey. But I know He is real. He cares about me and gave His life so I could return to Him. I know that He didn't just die, but He lived again. It's because of Him that I am a Mormon. This Church is his Church, restored in these days. He is my friend, my brother, and my example. I choose to do what I do, because I want to be like Him. His continual invitation and counsel is to come. To come unto Him. To come and see. To come and become like Him. And I invite you to do the same. Read. Pray. Obey. Try it. Do it. And you'll find the way to come to Him and the answer for why you are a Mormon or why you want to be one.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the little things. I think that is all that really is asked of us. In the Book of Mormon, there is a scripture that explains this: "...by small and simple things are great things brought to pass...". It's the little daily decisions, that determine our destiny. After living in Jerusalem, I realized that I had much to learn from my Muslim, Jewish, and other Christian friends. Their faith was so tangible. Their dedication in dress, their fervency in prayer, their friendship with Christ, their devotion to Deity, their delight in the Sabbath, their commitment, and their undeterred determination were undeniable and beautiful. I live my faith by doing the little things in a great way. I learned how to do them with more sincerity after walking in the Holy Land. By doing the little things, when He asks for the big things, I will then be prepared to give them or do them. It's not always easy, but that's how life is. It's like climbing a mountain. The mountain is always going to be there, we just have to decide are we going to climb it? It's hard to climb up the mountain at times, but the view is always worth it. Living my faith is worth it too, it wasn't ever meant to be easy and often, it won't be. But it's worth it because He is there along the way.