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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a hardworking college student, I love dance in any way shape or form, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a sophomore in college and hope to become a Public Relations specialist and I apply to the program soon. I'm nervous, but excited! I love hanging out with my friends, ice cream, board games, riding bikes, traveling, and reading. I have a mom, a dad, an awesome older brother and two younger sisters. I love my family to death!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and my parents have taught me the gospel's principles since then. That does not mean however, that I am only a member because my parents have told me to be one. As I grew older, I decided it was time for me to find my own testimony, and not rely solely on the testimonies of my parents. I began to really read the scriptures, pray at night, and go to church with the intent of learning and feeling the Spirit. It did not come all at once, but over time, my testimony grew and grew. I came to recognize little miracles that Heavenly Father granted me every day, and I could not deny the peace, comfort, and sense of home that I felt when I would pray or read my scriptures. My testimony is a result of a desire to know, and constant effort on my part.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, I meet with my ward (people in the same general area as me) and we all teach each other about Jesus Christ and other gospel principles. There is no paid clergy in our church, and everyone is asked to contribute their own testimonies and knowledge of the gospel to each other. Most members of the church will receive callings, or jobs that require them to serve others. My calling is to teach Relief Society, which is our church's women's organization. Relief Society is actually the biggest women's organization in the world! Outside of church, many Spiritual and social activities also take place. Every Monday, my "family" (because we're at college, we have groups that become families) meets together and have a lesson about a gospel principle and play games and laugh with each other. Our ward also meets together every Sunday night to have ward prayer with each other. I usually end up staying for almost an hour sometimes just socializing after it's over!

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Natalie
Baptism is an ordinance that creates a covenant between you and Jesus Christ. A covenant is a two-way promise. If we take upon ourselves the name of Christ, always remember Him, and keep His commandments, he promises us remission of our sins, direction from the Holy Ghost, and eternal life in return. We believe that before we are to be baptized, we must have faith, and have repented of our sins. Children in our church are not to be baptized until they are eight years old. This is an age which we believe children are to be accountable, and understand the important covenants they are making. Children younger than this age are pure and innocent and do not need to be baptized. We also believe in baptism by immersion. This is the way Christ was baptized in the river Jordan, and we want to follow His example. Show more Show less