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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a stay-at-home mother of 7. I'm a born and raised Floridian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I got married young. I was only 18. I had a lot to learn. I have 7 children, a dog, a cat, and a horse. I homeschool all of my children and enjoy it more than I thought I would. Life is full of interesting twists and turns. The work of raising a large family never ends, but it sure is worth it!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member all my life. I was baptised at 8 years old. My parents worked hard to instill in me a love of the gospel and of my Savior. Although they did a wonderful job raising me, I came to a point in my life when I had to know for myself if this church was true. I began reading the Book of Mormon, which I had never done before. The stories were fascinating and I found myself enthralled by the things I saw unfolding before my minds eye. When I finished I got on my knees and prayed to ask God if the Book of Mormon was true and felt overwhelmingly that it was. I get that same feeling every time I read it to this day. To me, the teachings of the church just always made sense. It makes sense that Heavenly Father loves us as much today as in ancient times and therefore would provide us with a prophet just as He did in days of old. It made sense that He is the same yesterday, today and forever and that the commandments He gave anciently would still be in affect today. Such as multiplying and replenishing the earth, marriage defined as between a man and a woman, the sacrament and apostles. All these things fit together in such a way that they could not be denied. I knew the church was true and that I would be a member of it no matter the consequenses.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving as the president of our area's young women program. This gives me the opportunity to teach (and learn from) the girls in my area. I enjoy the time I spend with them. They help me stay young! My husband and I hold regular family home evenings where we take the opportunity to teach our children gospel principles. We also give the children the chance to tell something about their day or week and show anything they've done or learned that they find important. It helps them feel special, and teaches them that being unique is a blessing. We also play games, make crafts and just enjoy being together. I enjoy volunteering whenever I get the chance. My children and I recently got to spend the entire day filling orders at a food bank, where even the 5 year old got to help. This year, I get to play a role in planning and organizing a fall festival on both the branch (local) level and also with our stake (8 local areas combined). I'm really enjoying it! I'll have the opportunity to spend a week camping with our young women in the summer and am really looking forward to that! Sevice plays an important role in living my faith, whether in my family, at church, or in my community!

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

Mormon women may well be the most valued women in the world. We are treated with respect by all men whether old or young. While our role differs from that of our husband's, they are just as valuable and rewarding. Some mormon women work outside the home to help sustain their families financially, but many choose, with the support of their husband, to not work outside the home. In this way we make ourselves available to our children and husbands in a way that is special and unique. Men and women are most definately equal, though different. I enjoy being recognized for the feminine qualities that make me valued in a way that men may not be. We learn to use those qualities in ways that benefit ourselves, our families and those around us! We learn that there is much joy in the fulfillment of the measure of our creation. It's a wonderful blessing to be a woman in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! Show more Show less