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Hi I'm Nicol

I'm first and foremost a daughter, sister and friend. I'm a forensic accountant. I'm a Singaporean-American, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a forensic accountant. That means I catch bad guys who might be defrauding corporations and individuals, through money laundering, embezzlement, and/or financial statement fraud. I love my job! I was so blessed to attend Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo for both my undergraduate and graduate degree in accounting because I learned so much more than just academics...I learned more about how I can better myself as a person, and I was able to graduate debt-free. I am so grateful for the head start that gives me in life. I loved how challenging school was, and will continue to learn and broaden my knowledge. We never stop learning in this journey called Life. Besides working and studying, I love spending time with my family and close friends. I've learnt that home is where they are - they make me happy no matter where we may be. I'm so grateful that families are forever! In my free time, I love to scuba dive, dance (Ballet and Latin), read, travel, go on roadtrips, discover new cultures, serve others, volunteer with children, and spend time with my loved ones.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that families are eternal. That was my personal favorite part about the Church. I love my family, and want to be with them forever! I'm so grateful for the gospel because we can truly be together eternally. Death do not do us part. I am a convert to the Church. I am a Mormon because I know the members of our Church truly love and live the gospel in their lives. When I first went to BYU, I was Christian, but at that point in my life, I did not believe in God. I was miserable during my first year in BYU, it was a strange culture to me and I had no friends. People were different and I didn't really like them. However, I had a few good friends, and through their shining examples, I was able to see that my friends were living their lives in line with the gospel. They loved me even though I hated the church (at the time, because I did not truly understand it. I'm a member now so I obviously don't hate it anymore). I then had an epiphany - I realized that people are not perfect, but the gospel is. I had felt the love of Christ reflected in my friends, who loved me even though I was not interested in their religion. They loved me, for me. That's when I decided to learn more about the Church and eventually got baptized. I'm also grateful for the trials we have in life. This might sound odd but it is through the darkest trials that we grow closer to Heavenly Father, and I am truly grateful for the eternal perspective the gospel lends. Keeping an eternal perspective helps members of the church, like me, to be truly happy despite challenges that may come our way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being diligent in my callings, and by helping everyone feel included and welcome in the church. Prior to moving to San Francisco, I was the Family History Coordinator for my ward (a branch in my church). I was grateful and glad to be called as it was my first calling, but there was one problem - prior to this calling I HAD NEVER DONE FAMILY HISTORY WORK! I was nervous and worried at the time, but looking back, I could see God's hand in my life. Heavenly Father is so humorous sometimes, I truly felt that was His way of directing me to do family history work for my family as I am the only convert in my family (thanks to BYU) but really disliked doing family history work. In my role as Family History Coordinator, I had no choice but to quickly learn about family history work in order to get others excited and involved in it as well. It was such a great learning experience for me and one that I truly needed looking back. As they say, hindsight is 20-20. But God knew. Little did I know, Heavenly Father had more in store for me. Due to my role as a Family History Coordinator, I got to know the co-chairs the Indexing committee. You might be wondering what Indexing is. Per the LDS.com website, "FamilySearch indexing lets you type names from old records into a database that people worldwide can use to find their ancestors." When I found out I was called to be the Indexing director of my ward, I laughed to myself because I knew this was His humor again - I had NEVER EVER done Indexing either. Nevertheless I tried my best to fulfill my calling and learned a lot. I also help by making sure others are included during meetings as I understand how it must feel to be lonely. I do this by sitting with people who might be sitting by themselves, inviting them to events, giving them rides, and being a genuine friend. It is so important to be authentic and genuine with others because they can feel that you love and care for them, just as Christ cares for them.