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Hi I'm Natalie

I am a social work master's student, a horrible cook, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently getting my master's degree in social work. I am working at a residential chemical dependence rehabilitation center for adolescents. These young ladies have taught me that even the worst situations can change if there is hope and determination to get past them. I have absolutely no cooking skills so one of my current hobbies is trying out new recipes and hoping that I do not burn the house down in the process. I also like to go to the zoo, hike in the woods, read almost everything I can get my hands on and watch movies with my husband. I love life and I love my family even though neither are perfect.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Lord through Joseph Smith restored the church that Jesus Christ established during his mortal ministry. I know that the Book of Mormon along with the bible is the word of God. Reading through the pages of these books have given me great strength and understanding. Living the way that they encourage me to live has been a great source of peace and happiness in my life. I know that our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy and part of that happiness is the ability that he has given us to live with our families forever. Almost two years ago I was married for time and all eternity to my best friend and while two years is a relatively short time I cannot imagine that heaven would be very heavenly if our relationship as husband and wife ended with death. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints there is no "till death do us part" family relationships are eternal. I also know that my Heavenly Father loves me enough to send his son to suffer and die for my sins. The atonement of Jesus Christ gives me strength to continue even when life is hard. I am a Mormon because my Heavenly Father wants me to be, he wants me to be happy and he wants me to return to live with him when my work is done on this earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by consistently being a good person and a good role model. Professionally, I work with many kids who do not come from healthy homes, who do not have a positive person to look up to and do not believe that they can overcome the challenges in their lives. By being consistent in the way that I approach them and work with them they are able to open up and trust that their lives can be different. We are the person that we consistently choose to be and I live my faith by consistently choosing to follow in the pathway that is set by Jesus Christ. I live my faith by doing my best to look at people the way that Christ would see them rather than the way that the world would have me see them.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Natalie
Self-reliance and emergency preparedness is not about preparing for a natural disaster or for the next world war, although if either of those happened it would definitely be useful. In general though I see emergency preparedness as being prepared for the individual emergencies that we encounter in our lives. For example my husband and I were going through a difficult time financially because he had been out of work for a few months. We were able to rely on our food storage and our financial savings until he was able to find a job. I originally thought that having my cupboards constantly filled with food was silly but after this experience I understood why it was so essential. Emergencies happen everyday and it is our responsibility to be prepared for them. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Natalie
The temple is where members of the church can go to receive instruction and receive revelation from our Heavenly Father about the challenges in our lives. Sometimes I think it is helpful to look at the temple as a institute of higher education. In our Sunday meetings we learn the basics of the plan our Heavenly Father has for us. In the temple that information is built upon and without an appropriate foundation of faith, repentance and worthiness, people entering the temple will not be successful in keeping the promises that are made there. Like universities and colleges, in order to enter the temple there is an "admission process" that helps make sure that the individual will be able to successfully keep the covenants entered into at the temple. The advanced learning received in the temple requires dedication, action, hard work and sacrifice much like a college degree. The process that members must go through to receive a temple recommend works to ensure that those entering into the temple are ready to make and keep the promises that are entered into there. Show more Show less