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Hi I'm Nykki

I'm a Mormon from a very small town in rural Nevada. I grew up very near where I live now. I love the quiet life we have here.

About Me

I am currently happily retired. We have six grown children, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They are our sunshine. We visit with them as often as possible. I worked for 34 years in the field of education. I began as a teacher, moved up to the role of principal, assistant superintendent, and finished as superintendent. I loved my career and the opportunities it gave me to serve. I love nature in all its diversity. Mountains are probably my favorite. Since we live in a rural community I have the opportunity to wander and enjoy the wildlife often. I'm also able to stargaze, another of my favorite things to do. We have all four seasons here. I love fall the best. I'm an avid reader and consider myself a lifelong learner. I have many interests and love to research all the information I can find. I also read many books written by our church leaders. President Packer was one of my favorite authors. I also think I've read everything Sheri Dew has written. I love John Bytheway, Hank Smith, and everything from the first Presidency. There are many more, too many to mention here. While studying my scriptures I like to keep my Allen/Pinnegar commentaries close by. I am a very active person and have a hard time sitting still. I try to stay busy and keep a list of projects handy to work on. One other trivial fact, I LOVE football and have been a Green Bay Packers fan since the Lombardi years. If you want to have a great discussion just get in touch with me!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the church. When I left home after high school I rebelled for a period of time and explored a different life style. I realized at some point that I wasn't very happy. It still took me a while to admit to myself why. In a visit with my grandfather one day he told me "It's time to come home." He meant it was time to come back to church. I did and as they say, the rest is history. I realized at that time I needed to find my own testimony and not rely on others. Don't get me wrong, it didn't happen over night and it wasn't all easy but it has been the best experience of my life. My testimony didn't come in a blinding flash or any spectacular way. My testimony has been building line upon line precept upon precept since I decided I needed to know for myself. It has been quiet moments of assurance, blessings in time of need, answers to prayers, confirmations from the Holy Ghost concerning my questions. I have even come to know that things I was taught as a child were indeed the truth. I have built my testimony for me! During this time I also came to realize how important it was to have a testimony of the scriptures. I was what I would call a scriptorian in the beginning. I knew chapter and verse. What I didn't have was the testimony behind it. I believe we are constantly working on this one but can have confirmation of the truthfulness of their divinity. I now can testify that I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I can also testify of the doctrines taught in the Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Since I'm running out of (words) may I leave you with this: I know that God lives, loves us and wants us to return to him. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Atoned for our sins. Joseph Smith was the Prophet of the restoration. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I testify that we have a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. I know this is the true and living gospel on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I have been very blessed throughout my life to serve in many ways in the church. I started when I was young by playing piano for Sunday services. As a young adult I worked with children in many ways to help them better understand who our Savior is and how they could become more like him. I have also worked with the teenage youth as a leader to try to help them understand similar principles. Here we expanded their knowledge to help them understand that they are daughters of Heavenly Father and how important they and the work they do are to him. I have worked with the adults in many capacities. Each was an opportunity to help them come closer to our Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. It is ultimately to help each of us to overcome our shortcomings, repent when needed, gain knowledge, endure what is asked of us in this life and be prepared in all things to return to our Heavenly Father. Each of these opportunities to serve have helped me to learn and grow stronger in faith. They offer me ways to get to know my Savior better and to be more prepared in my personal life. I have had numerous callings to serve including visiting sisters in there homes to make sure their needs are being met. These have been some of the most precious times because of friendships that have developed. I have often felt they were placed in my life to help me more than I helped them. I'm convinced I have learned/gained more from each experience throughout my life than those I was called to work with. My desire is for others to see something in me that would cause them to want what I have.