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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a college senior. I write children's books. I love softball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family with eleven children. Nine are girls! I am the second to the youngest, and I have learned to really lean on and love my siblings. Two of my siblings are step-sisters. I know what it's like to blend a family. It wasn't easy, but I'm grateful for the experience because it taught me many valuable lessons at a young age. I love every member of my family. When I was in 7th grade, I was reading a children's book, and the opening chapter was inappropriate. I got rid of the book, and wrote my own book that was very poorly written (sadly) but CLEAN! I have been writing ever since. I'm in my senior year of college, studying English and improving my skills daily. I'm starting to love books, not only for their plots, but for their perfectly crafted sentences too. (Yes, I am aware of how pathetic I sound.) I've been to several writers' conferences and learned so many instrumental tips. When I'm not writing—or doing homework—I am playing softball, competitively or for recreation; it soothes my soul. I can always find time for two things: softball and service. I have been involved in a service program the last year of school, and it has blessed every aspect of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church and raised in a faithful family. When I was seven, my mom passed away. I think that is the first time I KNEW that I had a testimony. I never doubted that I would be with her again, that families are eternal, and that God loves me. I still know it! When I was interviewed to be baptized at eight-years-old, I remember being absolutely certain that I wanted to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Every time I go to church, pray, or read my scriptures, my testimony strengthens. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. It is a sure thing in life that I can always rely on. Christ suffered and died for each of us, and when nobody else understands, He does, because He has felt it too. Someday I am going to be married in the Temple of God for time and all eternity. I remain clean and pure so that I would be worthy to be there, if that day was today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. Two of the easiest ways are providing service and remaining modest in word and dress. It could be a stumbling block to be a writer in today's world, while steering clear of profanity. But I see it as a strength. My words can have power without the shock value of swearing and vulgarity. I live my faith through a communicative relationship with my Heavenly Father. When I'm having a rough day, He is the first I turn to, as well as in gratitude on the good days. When I recognize His hand in my life, I find happiness and peace.