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Hi I'm Natalie

About Me

I'm a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend. I love cupcakes and sassy shoes. I dream of one day opening a shelter for homeless teens. If I were to take my fantasy vacation, you could find me in either Fiji or Italy. Books, music, and/or a workout can cure my grumpy days.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But, as I grew older, I quickly realized being a member of this church had to be my decision. I have asked the tough questions, searched, pondered, and prayed. Honestly, I can't imagine being anywhere else. Why am I a Mormon? Because I have a testimony of the truths taught within the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That testimony brings me joy and happiness. Integrity, the worth of every individual, hope, faith, serving others, importance of family....These are things I want my children to value, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches them all.

How I live my faith

I pray. A lot. Prayer helps me remain focused on what's important...the big picture. Without prayer, it's easy for me to become discouraged or feel negative about things happening in our world. When I pray, I feel peace and comfort. I see the joy in life and recognize all the wonderful things around me. As I follow the teachings of my Savior, Jesus Christ, I feel eager to lift and support others. I don't want to judge others. When I live my faith, I want to be a better person. Like everyone, I mess up. Thankfully, I have the opportunity of benefiting from the gift of our Savior's atoning sacrifice. When I'm living my faith, I'm happy. I want to share that with others, and I find myself looking for ways to volunteer and help those around me. I especially enjoy tutoring and working with the children in my church.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I don't like stereotypes. We come in every shape, size, color and from varied backgrounds; therefore, I can't answer "What are Mormon women like?" because we are individuals with unique circumstances & experiences. I can only say what this particular Mormon woman is like. My family is the most important part of my life. They make me the happiest woman around & drive me crazy too...sometimes all in the same hour! I loved college, and hope to return for a Doctorate someday. I have taught elementary school and preK. For now, my daily routine revolves around raising my 3 children. Personally, I don't bake bread; however, I'm so thankful I have a husband who does because I really love homemade bread. I can't sew, but I'm trying to learn from women who can. I'm known to be snarky and at times have a sass mouth...I speak my mind, joke around, & hope people love me anyway. I love to laugh & have fun. Music is frequently playing (often loudly) in my home...from hymns to rock, and everything in between. Yes, Mormons believe in the equality of men and women. There is no way I could be a member of this church if the principles and beliefs made me feel inferior to men in any way. In my home, my husband and I are a team. We each serve great purposes. Those purposes are very different, but equally necessary and important to the success of our family. My husband values me greatly. He teaches our children to respect and appreciate me as a woman, and as their mother. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely, positively, YES! Show more Show less