After I spoke at a Woman’s Conference in Utah in August 2016, I had a friend tell me in a very nonchalant way, “Yea, I have found that after I have a spiritual high, I always experience a spiritual low.” His simple statement proved to be true when, a little over a month later after … More Are You There God? (In Times of Doubt.)
When I had a friend encourage me start blogging, he told me, “Now, Nikki, chose the name for your blog carefully because that will be the name that you will be known as.” Since I wanted to sound biblical and way cooler than I actually am, I opted to go with a woman from the scriptures. … More The Power in a “Messy” Saint
Recently, I was asked by a friend if I had the opportunity to sum up my conversion in one word, what would it be? That question really threw me for a loop. What would the word be? I was baptized at twenty-four, so I have spent some time living “in the world.” I have never … More If the Gospel Brings Joy, Why Does Everyone Look So Miserable?
Currently, I have two major opportunities that have taken up a lot of my attention: First, I have been asked to speak at an event called “So You Don’t Fit the Mold?” a presentation by my publishing company, Snowy Peaks, on August 13th in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Beehive State. The Motherland. The place … More Lessons from the Wilderness
Recently, I was asked a very interesting question in regards to my “platform” with my writing. I was asked, “Why don’t you feel like you can relate to the Molly Mormon crowd?” At the time, I really struggled to answer it because I want to relate to everyone. I would hate to box myself in … More I Refuse to Believe in “Molly Mormons.”
Talks on Motherhood have always made me feel uncomfortable. Instead of making me feel inspired, they usually make me feel like I’m missing the mark and forever coming up short. Patiently, I have waited for the day to hear a talk that portrayed motherhood as it is, not how we “think” it should be. That … More Let’s be Honest, Being a Mother is Tough…
Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to screen The Abolitionist, a documentary that follows Tim Ballard, the founder of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R), and his jump team as they complete rescue missions saving children from slavery, primarily as sex workers. In fact, it says it right on the O.U.R. website, “We exist to rescue children … More The LDS Woman at the Well meets The Abolitionist: Tim Ballard
This weekend, my husband and I spent our anniversary in Reno, Nevada. I have never hesitated to describe Reno as the place Jesus and I collided in a deeply personal way. By the time I moved there in 2013, I had been baptized for nearly four years. Admittedly, I struggled within the church (something I’ve … More It’s Time to Let Go and Let God.
Let’s just jump into it: There is a real problem with labeling and judging within the LDS church. It’s heartbreaking especially if you have been on the receiving end of some pretty nasty comments and behaviors. I promised God that I would do two things when I started writing: One, I would serve His people … More Being Mormon Doesn’t Always Look the Way You Think it Should.
Recently, my family and I went to Salt Lake City on vacation. Since joining the church, one of the things I have always wanted to do is tour Temple square, especially take a picture next to the Jesus Christ statue at the visitor center. And this is not just ANY statue of Jesus. It’s Jesus … More This is the Gospel for the Failures: Thoughts from Temple Square