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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm an elementary school teacher. I married my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my best friend less than a year ago. We met in high school, but were more acquaintances than friends. When we met up again two years later, we became fast friends. After a long courtship, with a short intermission while I lived in Peru as a missionary, we were married. We don't have children yet, but I am so excited to share that journey with my best friend. I'm a university student studying Early Childhood Education with a minor in teaching English as a second language. I speak Spanish, so my minor also includes learning how to teach in bilingual classrooms. Teaching is my passion. I love every part of it and can't wait to have my own classroom with my own students. I finish my degree this year. My personal favorites: The symphony is not only music to my ears, it's peace to my soul. Reading children's books, Harry Potter and Jane Austen takes me to other worlds where I relax and have new adventures. Chocolate and peanut butter make my mouth water. On a Sunday night you'll find me playing card and board games with my family--my brothers and sisters (there are 8 of them!) and/or my in-laws.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because being so makes me feel complete. So what do I mean when I say it makes me feel complete? Being a Mormon fills in all the gaps. For example, life isn't perfect, bad things happen (even to good people). Knowing about God helps me feel peace during those times. The world has a lot to offer, good things and bad. Being a Mormon helps me know what things I should stay away from and what things will help me be happy and successful. I could mention more gaps, but my point is that being a Mormon fills them and makes me feel happy about the present and hopeful for the future.

How I live my faith

Once a month I teach the women's organization (Relief Society) about the basic principles of the Gospel. At first I wasn't sure I'd have anything to teach them because they already know so much. But I pray and read my scriptures as I prepare and God always opens my mind to new insights or specific principles I should share. Sometimes I feel like the lessons I prepare teach me more than they do the women I'm supposed to teach! I also regularly visit two of the women that go to church with me. We talk about the Gospel and watch out for each other. They are not just people I go to church with, they are my neighbors and friends.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Natalie
The answer is a resounding YES! I believe that Heavenly Father loves us and would not put us on the earth with people we love only to take them away after death. Heavenly Father has provided a way for us to be married for our time here on this earth as well as after this life. This promise applies to husband and wife and their children, too. Death is not the end of families--it is only a short separation. Families can truly be together forever. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Natalie
As human beings we are imperfect. We make mistakes. Our imperfect and impure state makes it impossible to live with our Heavenly Father after we die because he is perfect and pure. That is why Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to the earth. Because Jesus lived a perfect life, he could suffer for all of our sins. He paid the price so we can become perfect and pure and able to live with Heavenly Father and our families. Essentially, he saved us. He suffered for everyone, but we must do our part to accept what he's done. We must repent of the wrong things we've done--repenting is changing, it's leaving the mistakes behind and becoming better. When we repent we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and are able to live with Heavenly Father and our families again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Natalie
Mormons believe that the family is the most important social unit and essential to God's plan. We believe that husbands and wives should love each other and work together. Fathers have the responsibility to preside and provide for their families and mothers are primarily responsible for the care and nurture of the children. I believe that families grow closer as they learn about Jesus Christ and how to be like him because they are all trying to achieve a common goal. Show more Show less