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Hi I'm Nicole

I live in the United States. I love learning and teaching the gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although reading is my main hobby, I also like to occasionally knit, crochet, skateboard, climb trees (though there aren't many good climbing trees in Texas!) and draw. I am seventeen years old. I have been homeschooled for most of my life, though I did go to public school in my sophomore year. Now I'm attending a community college as part of a Dual Credit program, and I'm majoring in accounting. I'd like to have my own successful business someday that can pretty much run on its own, so that I would be able to focus on being a mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I have lived my entire life as a Mormon, so I am speaking from an obvious bias. I know that a testimony is something you have to find for yourself. No matter what I say, I can't make you suddenly get a testimony. You have to sincerely want to gain a testimony, and open yourself to the Holy Ghost. But I can share a story of a time when I knew for certain that I felt the Holy Ghost, in the hopes that you will start to understand what the Spirit feels like. In my first semester of attending a community college as a dual credit student, I was working on my homework in one of the school's computer rooms. I had already spent several hours working on my various assignments when I remembered that I had been asked to give a short talk at a church activity that night. So I set aside my schoolwork and opened up the church website to gather some resources for what was just another assignment to me. However, as soon as I saw lds.org on that school computer, all of the stress that I had unknowingly accumulated over my homework immediately washed away, and was replaced by a literal warm feeling of peace in my chest. In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the other students doing homework as usual, I felt the Holy Ghost more strongly than I had ever before. That experience has helped me to recognize what the Spirit feels like for me, and I realized just how often I feel Him in my everyday life. I suppose there could be any number of scientific reasons for why my chest suddenly feels warm whenever I am focusing on something gospel-related, but I know that somehow the Holy Ghost is behind it. I am a Mormon because being in this church has helped me to find peace in any situation.

How I live my faith

Sometimes it seems like our church demands a lot from its members. For example, I wake up at 5:00am to attend an early morning scripture study class before each school day, called seminary. And there's a long list of things we shouldn't do, like no alcohol or smoking, no dating until 16, and no swearing, to name a few. But the point is to help us become more perfect and closer to God. I wake up early each morning because seminary brings me closer to the Holy Ghost, and prepares me for the spiritual challenges I may face at school. I follow the list of "don'ts" because I know that they are there to protect us from bad choices that are so easy to make and so easy to regret. They're not a fence penning us in away from all of the fun things in life. They're a guardrail keeping us safe from many of the pitfalls in life, and guiding us towards the goal of being worthy to face God. We may not be perfect, but we try to continually strive towards perfection every single day. It helps that we have our church communities, because we know that we are never alone in this endeavor. I love learning about the gospel, and I love sharing that knowledge with others. Sometimes I have long conversations about religion with people from other faiths. I really like these conversations because I can ask them about their faith, and they can ask me about mine. Occasionally they ask me a question that I can't answer completely, so I go home and research it. I like to ask my mom these questions, because she also loves learning more about the gospel, and is very good at explaining it to me. Even if I never see that person again, I have still learned more about my faith and how other people see it, and I have a better understanding of how to best answer questions that people may ask.