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