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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a public school teacher in the Mississippi Delta and love the opportunity to teach and mold young lives. Viewing my students as children of God helps me understand their individual needs and challenges. I am also a registered dietitian and one of my passions in life is helping people create healthier lives. I believe that when you live a healthy lifestyle, you are more likely to be happy. I have two sisters and an older brother and sister-in-law, and we have the greatest time together. Even though we're getting older and moving in different directions, we still spend a lot of time together and I know I can always count on them for support. My parents are divorced, so our time with them has to be split. However, we make the best of it and there is an enormous amount of love shared between us.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me about gospel of Jesus Christ from a young age. I always had a good feeling going to church and knew it was the right thing to do. But I also knew I had to gain my own testimony and I did through reading the scriptures and praying to Heavenly Father. Through numerous experiences, I have felt a strong feeling that I know to be the Holy Ghost telling me that, Yes, the Church of Jesus Christ is the true church, Joseph Smith restored the gospel in these latter days, and President Monson is a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being involved in my ward, the group of church members in my area. I have been in a student ward for the past several years, so we've tried to create the feeling of a family since most of us are far away from our own families. On Monday nights, we get together in small groups for Family Home Evening, or as we like to just call it FHE. I am in charge of planning FHE. We always start with a prayer and someone in the group gives a spiritual thought. Then we do a fun activity like play tennis, go on scavenger hunts, help someone in need, or make cards to send to our families. It is a great way to take a break from endless studying. FHE always reminds me that no matter what I'm doing or where I go, I'll always have a "family" who cares about me.

What is the Relief Society?

Natalie
The Relief Society is one of the largest women's organizations in the world. There is a RS set up in each ward and meet every Sunday and at various times throughout the month. It is a wonderful organization designed for women to support each other, their families, the church and the community. If you move to a new place and don't know a single person in the area, you'll always find friends in the RS. They will take you under their wing and help you in whatever you need. Show more Show less