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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm a teenager. I'm adopted. I'm a showman. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was adopted at 3 weeks old and am immensely blessed to be sealed to my family -- my parents and 4 siblings, also all adopted -- for time and all eternity. The blessing of eternal families is something I could not live without. My family and I live in a little town in Northern Utah, surrounded by wonderful people and a great expanse of open country, cows and pigs and sheep and horses and dirt roads included. It has been an enormous blessing to live in a place where I can be close to nature and feel Heavenly Father's love for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the gospel brings peace to my life. I'm a Mormon because I can't deny it. I've made my share of mistakes. When you make a mistake (you being a very general term... it includes myself), sometimes the dark threatens to take over. Sometimes you feel lost. Sometimes you feel like it can't be fixed. Every mistake except the great sins can be forgiven. I have a lot of mistakes. Who doesn't? Through the atonement of Jesus Christ I can be assured that those mistakes can be forgiven. Another reason I continue to live the faith is because of Ephraim Hanks, an early Church member. In the movie "Ephraim's Rescue" (a film produced by the Church), my favorite line is just near the end. Eph is going around the Martin Handcart Company, blessing those who are sick. As he blesses people, he washes his hands in symbolism of a clean soul. When one mother questions him about it, calling him a holy man, Eph responds, "I have so many imperfections I could not count them." She questions him about how he does what he does. Eph looks her in the eye and says with all the conviction of his soul, "I try." The Hebrew definition of perfection is "On the path". It's not, "never stumbles and is already in the Celestial Kingdom". I try. "A saint is a sinner who keeps trying." ~Nelson Mandela So. I'm a Mormon. Because I believe and know. Because I love it. Because I do my best to live it. Because I strive to be like Jesus. Because I love the Atonement. Because I love the blessings of the temple. I'm a Mormon. Are you?

How I live my faith

When I was 15 my dear cousin died at 22 from complications during dialysis. He'd been battling cancer for 2 years and had gone into complete remission only a month earlier. To say my family was exciting is an understatement. However, this was not God's plan. He took Steve home on January 24, 2013. Eternal families is an enormous blessing. There was a time in my life where I didn't exactly know for myself whether the church was true. I decided to believe and just keep pushing forward. A few months later I ended up going to EFY, where I listened to Elder Jeffery R. Holland's testimony on the Book of Mormon. I'd heard it before, but I'd never truly listened. That testimony increased my faith immensely, and I came to know for myself that the Book of Mormon was and is true and that the true gospel of Jesus Christ is back on the earth. Being an example can sometimes be tough. All teens (and pretty much everyone else) knows that. Sometimes it's hard to leave a conversation that is not up to standards, but there's people there you want to be accepted by. Sometimes it's hard to stand up for what you believe in even when people close to you don't believe it. Sometimes being a Mormon is just... hard. But I do it. Why? Because it's true. Why? Because I love the peace the gospel has given to me. Why? Because without it I seriously have no idea what my life would be like. It would be so much darker than it is now. I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it. I've got that on a t-shirt and I wear it everywhere. I don't regret it.