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Hi I'm Nicola

I am so fortunate that I was able to become a Mormon at the age of 18.

About Me

I'm a mother of two grown sons, and I am a professor at a University. My younger son has special needs, which has led to challenges in my life, that I did not expect. I like walking in the hills near our home, and taking part in Rogaining. I have recently invented a new puzzle, called Rogo. I have been married for 25 years to my husband, and we are enjoying our "nearly empty nest."

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up as a member of another faith, but found that it did not answer my questions about the purpose of life and my role on earth. In particular it seemed unfair to me that I would live a prosperous life, while other people suffered hunger and famine in other parts of the world. Similarly I did not understand or believe in its idea of the "trinity". When I was seventeen I was impressed to listen to the missionaries because of the example of a friend. Imagine my joy when all my questions were answered. The first time I heard of Joseph Smith and his vision of the Father and the Son as separate and distinct beings, I knew that it was the truth. I had always thought of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as separate beings, and now this was confirmed. In addition my understanding of our life before we came to earth helped me to accept my relative comfort and prosperity. More importantly, as I have lived the gospel for the thirty years since my conversion, I have been blessed greatly and had a very happy life, despite challenges. I do not like to think how different I would be now if I had not joined the church. My conviction of the truthfulness of the teachings of the church grows stronger with time and study.

How I live my faith

Every weekday morning during the school year I get up early and teach a class to teenagers from 6:30 to 7:15am. I have done this for eight years now, and really enjoy being a positive part of their lives. They attend for four years, and we cover a different book of scripture each year. This year we are studying the Book of Mormon. My challenge is to get them to read in their own time as well. On Sundays I often fill in for teachers at the last minute. I often also type for a deaf person in our congregation so that she can get something out of the meetings.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

When we die, our spirits leave our bodies, which are then buried. Our spirits go to a place called the Spirit World where we rest from our worldly cares and await our resurrection. In time we will be resurrected, which means our spirits will be reunited with our bodes, which will be no longer subject to death and mortal trials. I am reassured that when we are resurrected, my son will be free of his disabilities. What a happy day that will be when he can see my face and the beauty of the world around us! Show more Show less