Hi I'm Natalie.
I'm a college student trying to figure out how I fit into the word. I love life & I'm a Mormon.
I'm a senior in college studying Elementary Education. It feels like I've been in school for forever--I'm ready to graduate and start teaching a class of my own, although I know I'll miss the security of going to campus every day. I love teaching! Every time I go into an elementary school, I realize this is what I've wanted to do my entire life! Ever since I was little, my biggest dream was to get married and be a mom. There are a few times in my life when I thought my dream was about to come true, but so far it just hasn't worked out. And that's okay! I love spending time with my family. The best times are when we sit around the dinner table and tell stories--we love remembering funny things that have happened. I love to play the piano, especially when my family joins in on their individual instruments. I also love to dance--clogging is my favorite style, although a stress fracture I developed my freshman year of college has made it difficult to dance frequently. I still find the time and energy, though, to dance in my kitchen--sometimes it drives my family crazy! Even though my life hasn't exactly followed the course I thought it would, I'm happy spending time with those I love and fulfilling my dream of teaching. I love life!
I come from a long line of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been so blessed to be raised in this gospel, with so much support all around me. Family support, however, hasn't given me a testimony of this gospel--that I had to obtain on my own. And I have. As I mentioned before, my life hasn't followed the course I planned out when I was five years old. According to that plan, by now I should be married with children and living in a cute little house with a doting husband. That hasn't happened for me yet. At first I really struggled with questions of why my life hasn't turned out the way I thought it would. As I continue to immerse myself in this gospel, however, the answers and comfort I seek are being made known to me in great abundance. I know Heavenly Father has a plan for our lives, and that plan is perfect. He is aware of our thoughts, our struggles, our trials and our triumphs. He will give us the experiences we need in their proper order. From these experiences, we will learn and grow beyond our greatest expectations. Because Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, He knows what I am going through. Every time my heart breaks, I am able to pray for comfort that He is able to give. He knows exactly how I feel and exactly what I need to overcome these rough patches in my life. As I read the scriptures and pray to my Father in Heaven, I am comforted and blessed in ways I never would have imagined. So even though my life isn't what I had planned, through this gospel I understand that as long as I am faithful, my life will continue to move in the perfect order that Heavenly Father has outlined for me.
I love serving in the church. Although some positions, such as teaching the women, may seem like I am the one helping others, it usually has the opposite effect. Right now I teach the women who are around my age, and I have never learned so much about the gospel. I love preparing lessons each week because I am able to really dedicate time to researching different gospel topics. Then, while teaching on Sunday, the comments women have are a great aid to me in helping to clarify difficult concepts. I also play the piano for our ward choir, which has been an awesome experience. When playing the piano is coupled with wonderful voices and hymns, I am able to feel the spirit very strongly and feel close to my Father in Heaven. I am so grateful for the ways I am able to help in this church--the teachings of Christ have changed my life and give me direction on a daily basis. Serving in the church gives me a chance to bear my testimony to others and help communicate to them the love Christ has for all of us.