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Hi I'm Niki

I am a wife, homeschool mom, and photography business owner. I love my family, anything beach, and chocolate. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my husband (my best friend) for 16 years, and we have two children that keep us busy and well entertained. I love my family, both my immediate household and my extended family, and I always strive to put them first in my life. I am a homeschool mom and most of my mornings are spent learning along with my kids, which I consider to be a great privilege. I have discovered over the years how much I love to teach! I am also dedicated to serving in my Church callings and helping those around me in any way I can. In the time left over, I run a photography business from my home. What an honor it is to preserve family memories and important events for generations. I feel so blessed in my life, and I always try to remember to show gratitude to my Heavenly Father for those blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I was eleven years old when I was first introduced to the Church, immediately following my parents' divorce. I have to admit that it was a hard thing to accept as a young teenager. I had grown up in a different lifestyle up to that point, and I felt that it was unfair for anyone to expect me to live up to what I perceived at the time to be such strict standards. My mother became very active in the Church during my teenage years, but I just drifted along, not fully enjoying the blessings and peace that the Gospel had to offer. I didn't have a full understanding at the time and was not quite willing to accept it. It wasn't until years later when I met my husband, who was not Mormon at the time, that I decided I needed to know if the teachings of this Church were really true. Before I made the life-changing decision to get married, I needed to know what path we were to take together. I needed to know what God wanted for me. I had been taught of prayer, and I had said countless prayers as I was taught to do, but my true conversion came when I knelt beside my bed one night in the most sincere and heartfelt prayer I had ever prayed. I asked my Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true, if there truly was a living prophet on the earth, and if this is where He wanted me to be. The tears came, and the Spirit testified my personal answer as a powerful and overwhelming feeling of peace and comfort - a resounding, unmistakeable, unforgettable YES! I had finally gained a testimony of my own, and felt closer to my Savior and my Heavenly Father than I had ever felt before. For the first time in my life, I knew without a doubt that they live, and they know me and love me. I had never before felt such joy, and I continue to feel that same joy and confirmation of the truthfulness of this Gospel each and every day as I live its teachings. I am a Mormon because I know this Church is Christ's true Church.

How I live my faith

As a Christian, I feel like my faith is so much a part of everything I do - every choice, every action, every thought. Loving and serving others through my Church calling strengthens my faith and brings me so much joy. I have served in the past as a leader in our Children's Sunday School Program, and I loved the opportunity to teach children about Jesus Christ and their Heavenly Father. Now, I am serving as a leader in the Youth Program over several congregations. When I was first called to serve with the youth, the thought of serving with teenagers was more than a little scary! But I have grown to love each of them, and I am so grateful for my calling. I have the opportunity to help plan large activities for the area youth where they can gather together and spend time with other youth striving to live the same Christian values. It has been amazing to me to see what strength the youth of this Church have! They are strong in their faith and their devotion to Jesus Christ, and they have taught me so much. In a world where loving your neighbor or being accepting of others is not always the norm, these youth show love to those around them and strive to make the world a better place. I love the Youth Programs of this Church, as they provide opportunities for the youth to serve and even lead, all while bringing them closer to Christ. Their testimonies and dedication to the Gospel strengthen me on a regular basis.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Niki
We were sent to earth as part of a family, so that we may love each other and help one another to learn and grow. The family is the most important unit of the Church, and family relationships are designed to continue into the eternities. It is within our families that we learn those things we need to know to navigate this life safely, where we feel loved and accepted, and where we form lasting relationships that bring us the greatest joy. Our families should be our greatest treasure, and they should always come first in our lives. Even if we did not have the blessings of a happy home growing up ourselves, we can still do all we can to strengthen our families for our own children now. Then one day, we can live with our Heavenly Father again united as families. I am so grateful for my family! Show more Show less

What is faith?

Niki
Faith is when you hope for something that you cannot see with your eyes, but is true. When my children were young I taught them that having faith was like knowing the wind is there. You cannot see the wind, but you can feel it and see the results of it. So each time you feel a breeze through your hair, or see the trees sway, or the leaves blow across the yard, you know the wind is there. Faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is much the same. We know they live when we feel love and warmth in our hearts, when we receive an answer to prayer, when we look at the amazing creations of the earth, and when we read truths found in the scriptures. Faith is the first step in our journey to eternal life and ever lasting happiness. If we nourish our faith by learning His Gospel, keeping God's commandments, and we have a desire to believe, our faith will grow and can become unshakeable. It is because of my faith that I have hope, joy, and peace in this life. Show more Show less