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Hi I'm Natalie

I am a mother of four children under the age of 6. I find joy everyday in the small and simple happenings. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California with 4 siblings and loving parents. I was a competitive gymnast until I entered High School and refocused my time on my education and family. My father loved adventure and my mother let us go adventuring with him often. We mountain-biked, surfed, wakeboarded, snowboarded, skied, rock-climbed, played tennis, back-packed, and scuba'ed our way through our youth. He never let us win and he showed me how to play hard and compete to do my best. We also attended church together, prayed as a family, and read and talked about the scriptures together. My parents taught me to love learning and truth. I studied in college and fell in love with learning truth in all areas of study. I explored majors in English, Physiology, and eventually graduated in Psychology and Spanish, studying abroad in Spain for a semester. While I served as an LDS missionary in the Philippines speaking Tagalog for 18 months, my parents became acquainted with John, my then future-spouse, and basically set us up together. We continue to share adventure together through skiing/snowboarding, ping pong, city league softball, go-cart racing, off-roading, camping, wakeboarding, mountain bike riding, weight-lifting, and sushi eating. After 7 years of marriage and four children, my life is full of joy and purpose. Because of my testimony of truth found in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I wake up each day with purpose and direction in what God expects of me and how I can serve Him.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were raised as active members of the LDS church and also raised me attending the meetings and teaching me the gospel of Jesus Christ at home. I leaned on their testimony of truth when I was young, but now stand on my own feet, having sought the truth and learned it for myself. In quiet times I sought God out in prayer and study to know if the Bible and Book of Mormon were true. I tried to live what I learned. I found Jesus Christ and His truth in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith's story, the words of living prophets, and the Mormon church. I felt the Holy Ghost whisper clearly to my heart many times that these things were true. I have learned to recognize truth by a peaceful, joyful feeling in my heart and a clarity of understanding in my mind. When I live true principles, they bring peace and joy. I have gotten better at listening to the quiet voice of the Spirit over the years, like learning a second (or third) language and thus have become happier as I go along, but along the way I have made and continue to make so many mistakes. When I fall out of line and the joy goes away, because of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I know what to do to find peace again. I examine myself and repent and learn in order to receive the gift of joy again. I turn to the scriptures and to prayer. I reach out to serve and do good. Thanks to a merciful God and Savior, I feel the assurance of His forgiveness when I repent with all my heart. He gives me the strength to gradually improve. I record these things in special journals. The teachings of Christ and His restored gospel provide me with an anchor of hope and a plan for my current happiness! When faced with discouraging and troubling circumstances, my heart remembers the surety of the promises of the Lord of deliverance, protection, and comfort. I am strengthened by it and am more able to strengthen and help those I love.

How I live my faith

I try to apply the true principles I have learned in my home, at church and in my community. I pray often, alone and with my children. We set up a rotating schedule for the kids at mealtimes so they wouldn't fight over whose turn it was to pray. I take time everyday to study the scriptures and write down and follow impressions I receive. I teach my children the truth I learn which helps them decide to change their behavior. We hold a "Family Party" every Monday evening where we learn and sing gospel songs, pray and learn the gospel together and have a special treat. We eat our meals together and talk. We attend church together every Sunday. John and I attend the temple once a month and perform service there. Although I stay with the children during the day, John and I counsel together often about them. We play with them. I strive to become less selfish by trying to serve my husband, being kind about him playing basketball, softball or riding his mountain bike while I stay at home with the kids sometimes. Sacrifices for each other fill us with more love for each other and bring us closer. I share my talents to bless those in my local church. I currently serve in my local church as the organist in the congregation along with several others who we rotate with. I sing in the choir for large meetings and events. I manage a small group of sisters who visit and strengthen other sisters. My responsibilities are to communicate their concerns and successes to the local church leaders. Some people might not see my life as very exciting, spending a lot of my time and efforts in serving my family and local church, but I receive the greatest joy and happiness, which comes from God, as I do these things. I have never found as much joy in doing things for myself than as I find in serving Christ by serving others. This is the Savior's way and I find joy in it.