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Hi I'm Natalie Kuchar

I'm a university student at Utah Valley University preparing to serve a Mission in Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Utah my whole life. I have recently received my associate degree in Science. I am currently on an academic leave so that I can serve a full time LDS mission in Fukuoka Japan starting in June. I love being in the outdoors. I spend alot of time with my family. We like to do a lot of things together like hunting, fishing, and camping.

Why I am a Mormon

The main reason I am a Mormon is because I was born and raised into a Mormon family. I have always been taught this gospel and growing up I was able to rely on my parents testimony of it. But I have recently moved out and have had to learn to rely on my own strength and understanding of this gospel. Being on my own has helped me learn of my own testimony of the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I now know for myself and have chosen to live the standards of this Church and continue to be a Mormon. I continue to be a Mormon today because I believe without a doubt that this Church is true. I love the values and standards that the Church carries. It seems the Church has alot of "rules" but I know they are for my protection and safety. There are guidelines in place that I don't fully understand but I know there is a reason for them. This Gospel is my anchor in my life. It guides me in my actions and thoughts. I know this is the true Church that teaches the true Gospel of Jesus Chirst and I am so grateful I have mad it part of my life.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by associating with people who are genuine, positive and uplifting, regardless of what religion they belong to. I have a friend who is not a member of my faith but shares my values. She is not afraid to tell people what she believes in and she knows what our Heavely Father expects of her. Being surrounded by such good people makes it easier to live my standards and values. I believe in keeping the sabbath day holy. I don't go out to eat, shopping, to movies or things like that on Sunday. As I was growing up I was taught Sunday's are a day of worship and rest. I go to all of my meetings on Sundays and also participate in a religious class the Church asks young adults to go to called Institute. We are asked to read our scriptures once a day and at least pray every morning and night. By doing these simple things, I have been greatly blessed in my life and in my preparation to serve my mission.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Natalie Kuchar
For church on Sunday, boys wear white shirts, ties, and dress pants. Some men choose to wear suits. Girls wear knee length dresses or skirts. We keep our shoulders covered and no low neck lines. Our dress is just suppose to be our best clothing. Not casual because we are participating in sacred activities. Some of the main holidays we celebrate are New Years, Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Twenty-fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Show more Show less