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Hi I'm Natalya

I am a writer. I grew up in the great cheese state of Wisconsin. I am a servant of the Lord. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I was born to amazing parents in Wisconsin and lived there most of my life. Growing up there, I grew to LOVE cheese! I never really no idea I loved cheese so much until I went to Fort Worth, Texas to serve my mission for 18 months. It is rather ridiculous. I am number three of six children, and I am the aunt of 4, with another one on the way. I love my family. They mean everything to me. Going on a mission was really hard at first because I was away from my family, but with great companions and Jesus Christ, I've been able to deal with missing them all right. I adore writing. I always have ideas popping in my head for a new story to write. Since I'm currently serving my mission, I don't have time to write stories, but I do write them down so I don't forgot. I write anything from children's books to young adults, from fantasy to historical. Writing gives me such a peace in life, and I'm able to create a new world with pen and paper. I also love to bake, cook, scrapbook, design clothes, homes, scrapbook pages, planner covers, etc. So, basically in a nutshell, I LOVE to create!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church. But this knowledge didn't come to me all at once.  I was born into the church and baptized at the age of 8. I grew up going to church. I loved learning about the stories in the Book of Mormon and the Bible. But as a grew up, I started doing things in contrast to the things I new was right. I didn't notice how far I had gone until after I returned home from a semester of college. I rarely attended church then, even though I was surrounded by members of the church. At that time I needed to rely on my own testimony, but I failed to do so. After I returned home, I didn't feel like going to church much, but I knew I needed to go, otherwise my parents would be very disappointed. So I decided to go to a congregation full of mostly young single adults. I was planning on disappearing in the background, but the Lord had other plans for me. Some of the people in the congregation who are now my friends started to invovle me in various things. I was able to be around them more and learn from their testimonies and examples. I knew I wanted to be like them, but I didn't know how. They glowed and I knew it was from the gospel of Jesus Christ, but I didn't know how I could get it. All that I remember is that we have been encouraged to read the scriptures and pray always. So, I decided to do the same. I started reading the Book of Mormon from cover to cover because I never did it before and then pray to know if it was true after I had finished. I did so in a good amount of time and the feeling I received and the answer was extraordinary. I had finished reading Moroni chapter 10. It was late and I knew I needed to pray. I felt a power in my room as I prayed aloud and then a voice came into my head telling me, "You knew it was true all along." I was filled with peace and comfort and I have not backed down from my testimony of this church since then.

How I live my faith

At the moment, I am living my faith by serving the Lord as a missionary. I knock on people's door and do my best to follow the Spirit to help others come unto Christ. I also do my best to uplift others, to have them see their divine nature as children of God. But I do fall short. I get impatient, I sometimes don't say the kindest things to people, but that is what the Atonement of Jesus Christ is about. That is why it is there. It is to help each one of us to repent and become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. I guess that is how I live my faith as well is by repenting and trying to be like Jesus.

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

We believe in a life after death. At death our spirits go to a waiting place called the Spirit World. We don't know how long we are there, but that we are there. We live in either a state of misery or a state of peace and rest depending on how we lived in this life. After that, judgement happens and then we are placed in a place of glory, according to our works and desires. These places of glory or kingdoms are wonderful places to be but there is only one kingdom where God lives. In order to get there, we have to keep all of the commandments of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Because it's fun! LOL. Just kidding. We proselyte because we want to share this message of restored truth to the entire world! It is a message of salvation and since we all are brothers and sisters and should love one another, it would be rather selfish to keep it to ourselves and have no one else know about it. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

God does. It's as simple as that. God has always and will always call his prophets. But we all need to pray and ask God if he has called that man to be a prophet, but as I have found out, God confirms it through the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries will talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it has been restored to the earth once more by a prophet called of God. They will talk about on the authority of God, called the priesthood, has been restored on the earth and that that prophet has the right from God to exercise that authority. The missionaries will also talk about the plan that God has for us and what he expects us to do in this life. Everything the missionaries will talk about it true, but the only way you will know that it is true is by praying for yourself to know if it is true. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

 Being a Mormon is GREAT! But hard at the same time. It's great because blessings and joy come from keeping the commandments of God and knowing what God expects of you, but it's hard because it takes effort. You can't sit on the side lines and expect blessings to come. If you truly understand what Jesus taught, you would want to follow his example and do what he would do.  Show more Show less