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Hi I'm Nicole

I'm a Mormon. I grew up mostly in Wyoming, in places with not a lot of members or support of our faith.

About Me

I'm a very outgoing person (although I wasn't always), and I love to meet new people. I'm very busy with school at the moment, I'm a senior biology major in college and what time I don't spend studying, I try to spend with friends/family and/or doing activities that I love. I'm a self-professed nerd, I love to learn about all kinds of things. A few passions of mine are music, cooking, and my family. I've played alto saxophone since 4th grade and I love to play and listen to several different genres of music. I love food! I love to cook (especially bake), I love eating and feeding people good food and I just love the social aspect of sharing meals. And of course, I love my family; they have largely shaped who I am today and who I want to become. Without their support, concern and unconditional love for me, I don't know that I could have made it through some of the challenges in life that I have faced. That's pretty much me in a nutshell!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and was baptized when I was eight, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been challenged in my faith. When I was young, my parents divorced and though my mom did her best to take us to church and teach us the gospel, we moved to some places that made going to church somewhat less enjoyable to young children than it might already be. For one, we had to drive 45 minutes, one-way, just to get to church on Sunday; then, my 4 siblings and I were pretty much the only children in that branch. In that town, my family and one other were the only Mormons that lived there, a fact which Satan used often to try and weaken my faith. When I came to college, my testimony was not as strong as it could have been, and I let myself get lead away from the church and it's teachings. I made some very bad decisions and was living that way for about a year when I hit an all-time low. I was miserable. I was so unhappy and everything in my life just seemed to be falling apart. People who I thought were my friends had betrayed me and I felt that I had absolutely no one to talk to about it, because I was trying to keep my indiscretions from my family--my mother in particular. However, through the guidance of the Spirit and some member friends, I started going back to church. I started turning to my Heavenly Father in prayer and scripture study and slowly the pieces of my life started coming back together. I felt happier than I had in so long. And finally, after pleading with my Father for courage and strength, I talked to my bishop about the things that I had done and he helped me understand what I needed to do to repent and that my Father and Savior still loved me, no matter what I had done. And since then, my testimony and my faith has been strengthened, and I have done my best to stay on what I know is the right path; doing the things that I KNOW will lead me to happiness in this life and in the next.

How I live my faith

I attend all my church meetings every Sunday and participate when asked (to speak in church or give a prayer in one of the meetings). I have a calling in church as the Compassionate Services Coordinator in our Relief Society (women's meeting/group) in which I work with my assistants to help and serve the Sisters in our ward in whatever capacity we can, whether it be giving a ride to someone, making them dinner, or just listening when they need someone to talk to. I meet with the missionaries to learn more about how I can do missionary work and share my testimony with others both verbally and through my actions and how I live my life. I have not always been the most diligent at visiting teaching, but I have made a resolution to visit teach those sisters to whom I have been assigned and to assist my visiting teachers by introducing myself if they don't already know me and to take a more proactive approach. I also try to attend events and/or service projects coordinated by our ward/stake as I am able with my schedule. I love watching General Conference and hearing from our prophet and the apostles and also attend my Stake Conference. I try to make visitors/investigators feel welcome by introducing myself and learning more about them and helping them feel included by inviting them to dinners/activities that some of my friends and I plan. Being in a Single's Ward (ward with young single adults), I feel that it is important to attend our weekly Family Home Evening so that not only can they strengthen my faith, but perhaps I might return the favor; Satan does everything he can to weaken our faith and cause us to doubt what we know and he doesn't want us to have that support and love that we can give to each other.