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Hi I'm Nicki

18. Future scientist. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I lived in Arizona, Texas, and am now living in Nevada. I am the second oldest of six children, and live with them and my mother. I leave for my mission this year (2016) and am looking forward to serving the Lord. My life surrounds the gospel, school, work, and, of course, my family. I want to be a research scientist when I;m older, and am putting the (incredibly long) years of study ahead of me on hold for this calling, and am grateful for every second of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. At age 11, I moved from my home to a dark area, where I was hated and bullied for my religion. I hated everything that had to do with church. After leaving home, nothing seemed to go right anymore. After the bullying, my parents divorced. Even though I had 5 siblings and a loving mother around me all the time, I still felt alone. I focused on the wrong things; my anger, the consistent disappointments, loneliness, our poverty, and I found myself in a deep, dark hold with little light in my heart, and it lasted several years. I don't remember much of this time, I felt so dead. When I was 16, I moved again; this time with my Aunt and Uncle, as I had requested. The first night there, I had the strange, sudden urge to read the scriptures. I never had opened it by myself before. I read the first page... and was disappointed when I didn't have an overwhelming experience. However, the feeling came back every night, and I kept reading. As the days went on, I started praying again as well. I did the simple things I'd known since I was a child. 5 months later, I finished the Book of Mormon. When I closed it, as a shock to me, I suddenly burst into tears. It was the first time I had cried in a year. There was a warmth I'd never felt before surrounding me, and for the first time in 6 and a half years, I felt loved. I realized that over the previous 5 months, I'd steadily become happier until I was filled with light. Once I realized that, I knew the power of following God's commandments, even the simple ones. I also realized that Christ loves us all, even those that aren't perfect. If anything, He loves us more when we aren't perfect but are trying. As a child I was confused when people would say, "I know this gospel is true," but now I do. I testify of the truth, of the joy that the gospel brings, and I promise that Jesus Christ is standing right beside you, waiting for you to come unto Him.

How I live my faith

I don't have an "official" calling, but I do all that I can to serve those around me. I try to volunteer in any way possible, and know the Lord loves me in my service.