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Hi I'm Natacha

I'm French and American. I play piano and violin, I'm an Elementary Education major, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a senior at Brigham Young University studying Elementary Education. I've got three minors: French, Music, and TESOL (teaching English to second-language learners). I'll be graduating April 2014. I wasn't sure about Elementary Education when I first signed up for it because it sounded so cliché, but now I love it. I wouldn't have it any other way. I've played piano since I was about 5, and violin since age 10 or 11. I've played organ in church, and in high school and junior high I participated in orchestras, choirs, a bit of band, and one season of marching band. I still feel that I don't play as well as I ought to for having played for that long, but I'm hoping that through my music minor I can keep it up a little better. I took AP Music my junior year in high school, and I loved it. I'm the oldest in a family of four kids. We grew up in the U.S., but about a year ago my family moved back to the French island where my mom grew up. I was able to take a semester off of school to come and spend some time with them, so that's where I am now. We all grew up speaking French and English fluently. I love hiking, looking through old pictures, dreaming about the future, listening to and playing music, swimming (leisurely only), attempting to write stories and things, and spending time with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church, and never really second-guessed it until I became an adult.When I was a sophomore in college, I had the opportunity to go spend two months in Paris, France on an internship with a nonprofit organization that cared for the poor over a certain age. People used to tell me all the time that I probably only believed what I did because I was raised that way. I don't remember how I reacted in those situations, but I do remember that it got me thinking. Would I have a testimony of the Gospel if I hadn't been raised in it? Was it really true? Then, one day, I was sitting in one of the centers, talking to some of the people that were aided by the organization. These people had had difficult lives. Most of them had lived in the streets, and some of them still did. They'd had problems with drugs and alcohol. Many of the women had been abused. Many of them were kind and cheery, but quite a few had responded bitterly to the trials they'd had in life. As I sat there that day, one woman asked me, "Do you believe that God loves you?" "Yes," I answered. "Oh, that's cute. You're still young enough to believe it. I used to believe it, but now I've lived long enough to know now that He doesn't care about any of us." I felt like my heart was being wrenched out of me. How sad to think that! "I know that God loves me!" I answered quickly. "And I know that He cares deeply about you, too! He loves all of us!" I don't know if she believed me at all, but as I spoke, I felt a stronger feeling than I ever had that what I was saying was true. Then, I started to understand that I didn't just believe the Gospel because I'd grown up in it. I believed the Gospel because it was true. I believed the Gospel because I'd seen direct blessings and manifestations in my life. And I believed it because I'd read the Book of Mormon, the account of Joseph Smith, and the testimonies of Jesus Christ, and I knew it was true.

How I live my faith

I've always participated a lot with the music in my wards and branches. Currently, I accompany the congregation on the organ during the meetings. I help branch members learn new hymns and I help on an individual basis with finding music and learning how to conduct. I'm also an instructor for our Sunday class for women. I love preparing and teaching these lessons because of the relevance to my Elementary Education major. Ironically, the very first lesson I ever taught (this was even before I declared my major, I think) was on how to teach. I remember being pretty nervous for that lesson. Haha. I survived, though. Recently, I've tried to be more attentive to the kids I see around me, at church and at family/friend gatherings. For a while, I kind of brushed them off, but now I always try to have some pen and paper to draw with, as well as some colorless lip gloss and jewelry for the little girls to play with. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is always emphasizing the importance of families, and I think that since I haven't started a family of my own yet, I can live those teachings by kind of being an aunt figure to the little kids around me. Individually, I read the scriptures, write in my journal, and pray regularly.