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Hi I'm Alayna Nickel

I was born and raised in Edmonds, Washington. I'm currently a college student who is eager to start a new chapter. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am the middle child of 2 brothers, one younger and one older. My parents have been married for over twenty years. I love my family and try to spend as much time with my family as I possibly can; they literally mean everything to me. I currently am attending BYU- Idaho, so I can become an elementary school teacher someday. Some of my hobbies include singing, dancing, watching movies and hanging out with friends. My favorite kind of dance that I do the most is probably ballroom dancing. I love watching a variety of movie genres, except horror and documentaries. I love music and listen to almost anything except opera or heavy metal. I hope to someday serve a mission for the church, so I can share the joy that I have felt in this gospel. I have been religious all my life from the time I was little, so the church has been a huge part of my life. My favorite colors are blue, pink and purple. I love Italian food and I love dolphins. I would love to someday travel the world because it's always been a dream of mine to go somewhere where I have never been before. I love adventure, as you can tell, and am willing to try almost anything. I don't have any animals, but I hope that someday will be able to have a dog of my own because I much prefer dogs over cats any day of the week.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was raised in a home filled with the gospel of Jesus Christ from the time I was little. I was baptized at age 8. I did not know then the importance of my baptismal covenant, but I did know at that time it felt right. Although I did not completely understanding the importance of that step then, I have never regretted it. As I have participated in gospel discussions in classes and with my parents, studied the scriptures, and said many prayers, I have gained a greater understanding of those baptismal covenants. Consequently, my testimony has grown significantly over the years. I have always done what has been taught to me by my parents and Church leaders. However, as I got older I began to have some experiences that shook my faith. It was then that I wanted to know for myself the truth of what I have been taught all my life. I wanted my own testimony and no longer wanted to rely on the testimony of others. As a result, I prayed more intensely, studied God's words more diligently, and participated in church activities more earnestly. I felt there was still a long journey ahead of me, but now I felt a more intense yearning to know the truth for myself. My testimony grew and my faith no longer seemed distant or something irrelevant or almost a separate part of me. Through conference talks, church camps, talks with friends and family, and a number of other faith-promoting experiences, I no longer felt that I was being dragged down with the negative. I gained an even greater knowledge of God and his love for me. I now have a far greater understanding of the Savior and what he personally did for me. My love for the Book of Mormon and other scriptures has deepened. As I look back I am so thankful for those experiences that have tried me and also for those that have provided spiritual growth and testimony enlargement in ways I never before thought possible.

How I live my faith

From the time I was a child my parents instilled in me gospel principles. This has led to a life filled with church attendance and testimony-building experiences. I recently returned from a year at BYU-Idaho where I served in my ward as the compassionate service leader. Although new to this calling, I gained valuable insights on how to better serve those in need. For me part of being a true believer of Jesus Christ is not only participating in worthwhile activities in and out of church but also having the inner convictions to live a Christ-centered life in and away from church. In my busy schedule of work, church activities, and preparations for my full-time mission I endeavor to maintain a proper balance and perspective. My religion and consequent activity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes center stage in my life. In between semesters at school and since returning after completing a year of schooling, I am working hard to continue earning money toward my full-time mission that I’ll start this fall. I have received my mission call to the Ohio Cincinnati Mission and am excited to serve the Lord full-time. Meanwhile, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, serving my community in various ways, and just enjoying life with Christ the centerpiece.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Alayna Nickel
From what I have discovered, faith may seem like an almost impossible thing. After all, most people think you can't believe in something you can't see. However, the great thing about faith, to me, is that you can have hope. You can actually believe in something that you can't see, just like you can believe in the wind, even though you can't really see it. However it doesn't come over night. It is a process that takes time. It first starts by having a desire to have faith. Just like anything in this church, you need to have a desire in order for you to grow spiritually, which will plant your spiritual seed. Once when you have planted your spiritual seed, you need to continue to nourish that seed by keeping the commandments, reading your scriptures and praying. As you continue to nourish that seed you already planted by giving it sunlight and water it will continue to grow and blossom into a beautiful flower. It may seem that your testimony is growing to slow, but if you give it time and keep trying you will gradually begin to see the growth that you so desire and even more so. Show more Show less