Hi I'm Natosha
I grew up as an only child with a single mother, having no religion in my life. Things were tough. I always knew that I wanted better for myself and future family. I worked hard and paved my own way through nursing school. I now work as a nurse and live a comfortable life. I found the gospel in my early 20's and it has absolutely changed my life. There I found a peace and joy that had been lacking in my life for so long. Joining this church was truly an answer to my prayers. I enjoy spending time with my friends, sewing, cooking, Yoga, shopping, reading, traveling, all the things a young lady in her 20's might do.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon for many reasons. I will start by telling a bit of my conversion story. I was 24 years old when I met a former mission president on a plane to Salt Lake City. My life had been rocky up to this point. I had always had tried to do the best I could given my circumstances in life. My father is an alcoholic and my mother suffers from mental illness, my childhood was filled with lots of love but wasn't an ideal situation. I grew up feeling like I was a mistake, why did my life have to be this way? I wondered why I was born into this situation when everyone else's lives seemed so picture perfect. I always felt that something was missing. I always felt that I had this amazing sense of right and wrong, never knowing where it came from. I've always had an immense sense of love and sensitivity for those less fortunate than myself, also never knowing where those feelings came from. I knew that I wanted better for myself from an incredibly young age. So, in my early 20's I was working my way through school, living life as an "normal" young lady would do. I spent my time with friends that liked to party a lot, so I did what they did because I didn't know what else to do. I was an unhappy person, tired all the time and overworked. I wanted something more, but had no idea how to find it. I became very depressed, I couldn't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I prayed one night to God (something I never did). I prayed and said God if you exist, please help me now, I need you. A month later I sat next to a former mission president on a plane that I would soon find out changed my life. We were on a plane to SLC and the plane had a malfunction and had to turn back around, giving us more time to talk about the Gospel. He told me that I was feeling the spirit, it was something I had never felt before. He had sister missionaries contact me a week later, we met and I started reading the Book of Mormon, I went to the singles ward, then got baptized!
How I live my faith
I love being able to go to church. We learn so much about how to better live our daily lives. I have a calling as a member of the activities committee that serves the young women of the church, we plan fun activities that we can all participate in together. We also have a great program called visiting teaching where two women are assigned to eachother as companions, the companions are then assigned to two or three other women so that they can visit them once a month to talk with them and see if there is anything they can do for them. This is a great way for the women of the church to stay connected with eachother. There are so many volunteer and service opportunities that this church offers, the opportunities are endless. It's also great to be able to have so many friends that share the same beliefs and standards that I do. There is such a sense of community, there is always someone there to talk to if you need it.