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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a photographer, a midnight-snacker, an aspiring lawyer, a lover of snow. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Natalie, and I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a recent college graduate with an acute obsession with mathematics and statistics, yet somehow embarking on a law career. I am an advocate of Crayola crayons. I am a lover of all things spontaneous.

Why I am a Mormon

Long story short I have not always been "a Mormon". In fact, there were times in which I doubted the existence of an eternal divinity, altogether. Religion wasn't a priority in my life. I told myself I didn't need God. I tried to do it myself. I was prideful and my lone endeavors failed. I am now a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This change of hear came having received a confirmation from God that this is His true church, which has been restored upon the earth by the prophet Joseph Smith. People can disagree, people can argue - they have, they do, and they will - but those people are entitled to asking the same God, in the same manner, receiving the same answer as I have. Plain and simple.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a ward missionary, and teach Sunday School to new members of the church :

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Natalie
Lds.org is a great way to find out more about the church. You can meet with local missionaries, who would be delighted to share with you the basic principles and beliefs of the church: http://www.mormon.org/missionaries/ Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Natalie
The Mormon church is the same church as established on the earth by Christ, himself. We believe that the priesthood was taken from the earth after the martyrdom of Christ's apostles following the crucifixion. We believe that same priesthood was restored by Joseph Smith when he knelt in prayer, asking God which church on the earth was the true church. Both God and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a countryside grove, telling him that the wickedness of the people caused for the true church to be removed from the earth. We believe that church to have been restored through the revealing and translation of what we today call the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Natalie
Temples are different than church buildings. Church buildings are where people gather every Sunday for church. Temples are where members of the church are able to perform sacred ordinances. Such ordinances include vicarious work for those who have passed away and never had the chance to hear/accept the gospel on Earth. Church members stand in-place, as a proxy, for those deceased individuals. Those who have passed on are then able to receive ordinances of baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and marriage/sealing. This allows families to be "sealed" for all time and eternity, through the power of the priesthood. Members of the church also get married in temples. The temple is a holy place - it is the House of the Lord. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Natalie
The Book of Mormon is an ancient record that has been translated through the power of God by Joseph Smith. It is very similar to the Bible, in that it testifies that Jesus is the Christ the son of God. It is a record of prophets in the Americas, as well as an account of Christ's visit to the Americas following his crucifixion. It in no way contradicts or replaces the Bible in our canonized scripture. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Natalie
No. Such behavior warrants excommunication, and is not tolerated within the church. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Natalie
Mormons are Christians. We know that Christ is the literal son of God that he was sent to this earth to perform the atoning sacrifice that none other than a perfect being could do: all so that we can receive a forgiveness of our sins through humble repentance. We believe the Bible to be the literal word of God, as properly translated. In addition to the Bible, we have the Book of Mormon - translated from ancient manuscript by the founding prophet of the church, Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon does not contradict the Bible, but enhances it testifying that Christ is the Savior. We believe in modern-day prophets - the same that existed in Biblical time - and thus modern-day revelation. We believe that families can be together forever : Show more Show less