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Hi I'm Nicole

I am the middle child of five kids. I love to smile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Oregon. When I was about two years old, my family and I moved to Arizona. We lived in the same house for almost 12 years before we moved again! When I was about six years old, I started playing the piano and I've been playing ever since. I love to sing! The only problem is that I have a voice like a dying whale, so I mostly have to jam in my car or around my house. I also love watching movies! I especially love the cheesy, romantic movies, that are so predictable, but you have to watch it anyways just to make sure they actually end up together. I love doing anything creative. I especially love ceramics. I love coming up with an idea and being able to bring it to life! I also love people! I love getting to know someone and finding out what we have in common. I enjoy making other people laugh because I love to smile so much, which means I can be pretty goofy. The thing I enjoy most is spending time with my amazing family! They can be a little crazy sometimes, but I love them all to pieces.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church my entire life. Growing up, going to church on Sunday was a given. I never thought about it as a choice. However, as I got older I discovered what it was like truly know that the church was true. No longer was going to church for three hours just something that we did as a family, it was my conscious decision. Once I reached junior high, that is when my knowledge of the gospel was tested. I struggled with fitting in and finding out who I really was as a person. I started relying on my Heavenly Father more. Soon, I started high school and I was bombarded with negative influences. All of a sudden, it was cool to swear and drink alcohol. Whenever I felt lost or afraid I knew I could go to my Father in Heaven. I knew that anything I was going through, Jesus Christ has already experienced. Now, as a senior in high school, I know that without my faith in God and his son, Jesus Christ, I would not be the same person. I would not have been able to face peer pressure. I know that Heavenly Father has been watching over me, sending me certain people to steer me in the right direction. I know that I was also guided and comforted countless times by the Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost. Many of my questions have been answered through studying the Book of Mormon. I know it is a true book and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I know that it was written for us; I know it was written for me. I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know me. They know all of us. They have known me since I was born. They have seen my first steps, they heard my first word. They know the struggles I have been through. Christ has felt every heart ache and He has cried every tear I have. I know that without Him, without the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and without my loving parents who taught me the gospel, I would not be the same happy person I am. So why am I a Mormon? Because if I wasn't I would not be me.

How I live my faith

Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Tonga with a group of Mormon youth. We were able to build a house for a family who really needed it. While we were there, we were able to experience the customs and grow our faith in Christ. I was able to meet many members of the church while I was there. It taught me that no matter where you are in the world, the church is the same. The teachings are the same and the feeling you get is the same. Back home, I have had the opportunity to play music on the piano before church to help invite the Spirit into our meeting. I am also currently on my school's Seminary Council. Seminary is a special class that is a part of my school day. While in Seminary, we study the scriptures (the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants) and learn about Christ. As a Seminary Council, we address the needs of the Seminary students and how we can make the class better. We also post on different social media websites what we are learning and other inspirational messages. I also participate in a youth group called, Young Women's, where we do fun activities to increase our faith, develop skills, and provide community service.