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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a wife, a mother, a secretary, a massage therapy student AND I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife to a wonderful man. I have three children that I gave birth to and four children that I inherited when I married my husband. I also have one little grandson. I work full time as a secretary at our local high school and I really enjoy the energy that is found around young people. Since I work in the guidance department I get to help the students prepare their college applications. It is so wonderful to see these kids head off on new adventures. Our youngest child is a freshman in high school so, since some of our children are in college I find that I always need a little more money at the end of the month. Last year I went back to school myself! I am in school to become a licensed massage therapist and I can't even begin to tell you how much fun this is! The anatomy and physiology classes are a little challenging but I love giving massage! It is so therapeutic.....I really look forward to graduating and working part-time to help our kids with their college expenses.

Why I am a Mormon

It's simple. I am a Mormon because the Lord opened my eyes. I have always believed in God. My parents taught me that Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Jesus and I always looked forward to setting up the manger that sat beneath our tree but I didn't really know who Jesus was. I was raised as a catholic and I began really practicing that religious faith when I was 18. My parents never really practiced this faith. It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I met the missionaries. By then I was a divorced mom of three children. Our conversations centered around our belief in Christ. I told them I wasn't interested in converting, since I was a very active catholic and quite happy with my life the way it was. Of course the missionaries did give me a Book of Mormon and since I am a voracious reader anyway I just had to read it. As the missionaries seemed to always be in my neighborhood I guess it was just natural for them to extend an invitation to me to attend their church. I nicely declined until one day they had come upon me when I really wasn't in a very good mood. When they again invited me to attend church services I told them that I would come to their church if they came to mine. Being the nice young men that they were they readily agreed. They attended mass on a Saturday evening and saw my sons serve as alter boys. Since I had promised, I knew I had to attend their church the next day. So we did. The power of the Holy Spirit was so strong at that church meeting that I realized I had to ask more serious questions of these young men. It was then that we really began to talk about Joseph Smith and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I think I knew from that first meeting that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was where I belonged, but it took a little bit longer for me to make the decision to be baptized. This was a huge change for me. To this day I am still friends with the priest from my old church. I've tried to explain to him that the Book of Mormon is true. We do have a prophet here on this earth today to lead and guide us. Our Heavenly Father wants all his children to come home to him and I know that by living the gospel each and every day I am slowly making my way home to him. I love the gospel with all my heart. It is worth any sacrifice, but when you realize that eternal life is the prize it doesn't seem like a sacrifice at all. I have found more joy and peace and happiness being a member of this church then I could have ever hoped to find outside of it. I will be eternally grateful for the missionaries who kept coming to my door all those years ago.

How I live my faith

Our church has something very special. Callings. These callings are opportunities for you to serve in different capacities. I have been so lucky to have served in the family history center. I've taught the young women. When my husband and I first got married we were asked to serve on the "activities committee". It was so much fun to help organize the Christmas Party and other fun social events that were held at church. I've also been very blessed to help with classes on Sundays for the women of the church. Callings are really amazing opportunities to help me live my faith. I also read my scriptures every day. Another very important thing, at least to me, is that my husband and I kneel together each evening to pray to Heavenly Father. Living my faith, well it's a journey that is always taking shape. I know that as long as I put the Lord first in my thoughts and actions that I will be living my faith.

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

Natalie
I wanted to answer this question because I want anyone who might read this, especially my friends and family, to understand that Heavenly Father wants everyone to come to his temple. The temple is the House of the Lord. It is a sacred place, not secret. In the temple families are sealed to one another for time and all eternity. Baptisms are done for family members who have passed away before they had the opportunity to learn about the church. The reason only some Mormons attend the temple is because of choice. In order to attend the temple an individual must hold a temple recommend. To have this one must choose to live their life in a certain manner. The temple is available to everyone - - you just have to make the choice to want to be there. Show more Show less