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Hi I'm Nikki

About Me

I'm a wife and a mother to three children. I graduated from college almost ten years ago with a teaching certificate and a BA in Spanish. I'm a stay-at-home mom thoroughly enjoying my life in this role. When I have extra time my hobbies include photography, sewing, gardening, hiking, moviemaking (home movies), and sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a descendant of Mormon pioneers who in the mid 1800's converted to the gospel in their native countries in Europe and left for Utah to join the saints. They were strong in their testimonies of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Because of the faithfulness of my family members I was born into the church. Although I have always been a member of the Church and felt good about it it wasn't until I was a teenager that I found out for myself that it was true. Because of a difficult trial that I experienced in my early teenage years I had to rely on the knowledge I gained at church that I was a child of God and He loved me and I could pray to Him for help. I exercised faith in Jesus Christ that He could heal my wounds. I read the Book of Mormon, I listened more at church, I prayed fervently, and I put into practice the teachings of Jesus Christ. I was filled with so much light and so much love and peace. I knew that what I had learned at church was true. Since then my testimony has grown even stronger. As I put my trust in God and in His son Jesus Christ I continue to experience so much joy in my life even amongst my trials and struggles. I can truly say I have the best life.

How I live my faith

I am a sports leader for the women in my area. I organize teams to play in a league for different sports including volleyball, basketball, soccer, and dodgeball. The purpose of our league is to invite all to come enjoy good exercise, good competition, and sisterhood in a positive environment. Oftentimes I have come away from such competitions replenished, enriched, and more united with the women in my neighborhood who I compete with. It's a wonderful program. I'm also a teacher in the Church's program for young women. I teach them lessons on Sundays at church about many subjects that help them come to know Christ. I teach them ways to strengthen their homes, their faith, and to stay strong in a tough world. Once a week we get together to do activities. Sometimes we do service, sometimes we teach them a new skill, and other times we just have fun. Being a leader in the Young Women's program has given me a choice opportunity to share my talents, share my testimony of living a Christ-centered life, and share my love.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a belief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You might not understand everything there is to know about the Church, but you can still know it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost testifies to you in your heart and mind that it is true. As you grow in gospel knowledge your testimony also grows. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

God is a God of order and His plan is that men should hold the priesthood. Men were given that part of the responsibilities. Women have their own important roles. In the church they lead organizations such as Relief Society for women, the Young Women's Organization, and the Primary for children. They teach, they lead music, they bear testimony. A woman's influence in this life cannot be measured. She has great power to do good and bless others. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think we are called a cult sometimes because we seem so different. Although we read the Bible like many Christians do we are the only ones who believe in the Book of Mormon. It is additional scripture translated by Joseph Smith. There is probably a confusion with Joseph Smith's role in our religion. One might think we worship him like a God when we don't. We honor, love, and respect him for his role in restoring the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. Still, some might have a hard time with our temples. They might think because the public is not welcome that something strange is going on inside. That is not true. There were many rumors going around 180 years ago when the Church was first founded that have been passed on through generations. People just need to go to the source to get the facts straight. Show more Show less