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Hi I'm Nichole

I grew up as a military child. I'm a musician. I'm an athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been playing the violin and piano since I was nine years old. I also sing. I have been playing soccer for eleven years and ran cross country and track in high school. I write poetry and short fiction stories. I enjoy sketching Disney characters and realistic flowers. I love reading and cooking. My favorite thing about living in Utah is the hiking. I am a student in college, and have not yet decided on a major. I grew up going to the Boys and Girls Club, and volunteer there when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I was terrified of what would happen to me after I died. I was not raised with religion and was allowed to go to church with friends. My sophomore year of high school, I began attending a Baptist church. I attended for a year. At the end of that school year, I found out one of my good friends was LDS and asked some questions. He told me "There are some things I don't understand about my church, but I stay for the things I do understand." This inspired me to begin reading the Bible. When I discovered that the members of my Baptist church could not answer my questions, but my Mormon friends could, I decided that if an LDS friend invited me to church, I would go. I made a new friend at the beginning of my junior year, and he invited me to church - and he was Mormon. I went, and the Spirit I felt there was so strong. The next week, I watched General Conference with that friend and his parents. The following week, I had my first missionary discussion (I didn't even know what a missionary was!) and was taught about Joseph Smith. He sounded a lot like me, trying out different churches to find the one God wanted him to be in. I went home and prayed about the Book of Mormon, which I had only read three chapters of, and asked if this is the true Church of Christ and if I needed to join. The strength of the Spirit testifying to me that this was correct was so overwhelming, it scared me! I woke up the next morning and tried to pretend it hadn't happened - but I could not deny what I knew to be true. After three more months of meeting with the Sister Missionaries, I was baptized on February 8 and confirmed February 9 of 2014. Since then, I have attended Seminary, Institute, all of my church meetings, and have studied scriptures almost daily. I attend the Temple regularly and pray daily. The biggest reason I am a Mormon is because I asked God what He wanted me to do - and this is it!

How I live my faith

I volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club for five years on a weekly basis, ranging from trail cleaning to visiting old folks' homes and taking food to the homeless. When I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age 17, I was very active in volunteer opportunities and outreach activities with the youth. I went to every youth activity and helped teach in youth classes at church. I was ward chorister in Sacrament meeting, and was a Sunday school teacher in the Gospel Principles class. In my singles ward, I participate in activities with members of my ward to strengthen friendships.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nichole
Not all members are required to serve. It is highly encouraged for men to serve for 2 years before they are married. Women are increasingly serving. It is entirely optional for both sexes to serve, as well as older couples. It is recommended that those thinking of serving pray about it, attend the Temple if possible, and study the scriptures in order to receive personal revelation on if a mission is in the Lord's plan for them. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Nichole
As I was deciding to come into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I struggled with the principle of modesty. I was very immodest growing up, and had not been taught that it was bad or wrong. It was comfortable and helped me be able to do the sports I liked. However, as I began dressing modestly - meaning covering my shoulders, having higher necklines, and wearing shorts close to the knee - I found that I was far more comfortable being covered than being uncovered. I could do all of my activities without worrying about a clothing malfunction. I also realized that the more I dressed modestly, the more beautiful I found myself: I was no longer focusing on being outwardly appealing, but shining the light of Christ from within. It also has kept me from getting into trouble with boys! I testify that being modest has helped me overcome insecurities and has allowed me to focus on my character rather than appearance. I know that as I have changed my wardrobe over the last two years, I have drawn closer to the Lord and am more capable of having the Holy Ghost with me to guide me and protect me. I also know that by starting the process of dressing modestly, I was able to be better prepared to enter the Temple and make sacred covenants, or promises, with God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Nichole
Baptism by immersion was taught by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministry, or His life on Earth. So, what about all those people that never met Him? What about the hundreds of thousands who died before He was born? Through revelation, as well as references in the Bible, we have come to understand that with the proper priesthood authority, one may be baptized in place of someone who has died. We do not believe that this is a complete action with no say from the deceased person. As I once explained to my Uncle, we believe that we will always have the ability to choose. This carries on when we die. By performing ordinances for the dead, we are allowing them to accept this as if it were their own baptism (as they cannot be baptized without a body) if they so choose. If not, that is their choice. We do not have communication to that side of the veil, but our Father in Heaven knows their choice and honors it. We understand and respect that each deceased person, just like each living one, can decided whether or not to be baptized. Show more Show less