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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a college student, a social entrepreneurship enthusiast, a novice ballroom dancer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My hobbies are running, dancing, painting, hiking, biking, and reading. I am a Latino culture enthusiast, a wanna-be racquetball star, and an ice cream addict. I grew up in the Midwest (Chicago and Minnesota) with two older siblings, and I currently live in Utah where I go to school. I am a junior in college studying marketing with minors in visual arts and communications, and I hope to do marketing for a social entrepreneurship company after graduation. (A social entrepreneurship company recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize create and manage a venture to achieve [lasting] social change).

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know this is Christ's church on the earth today, and living the gospel of Jesus Christ has given me greater satisfaction than anything else in my life. I know God is our loving Heavenly Father and that He guides and directs us today through living prophets and apostles, the scriptures, and the Holy Spirit. I also know that this gospel (Christ's teachings in their fulness) is our map to living a happy life and to ultimately returning to live with our Heavenly Father and our families in peace and joy after this life. I was born into a Mormon family and I grew up learning these doctrines and going to church. My parents are good people and taught me good, true principles. However, growing up I was very skeptical of Christ's doctrines and of the things I had been taught. For a time I wasn't even sure that God existed, much less that He knew who I was and that He loved and cared about me as His daughter. By the time I turned 18 I was pretty determined that I did not want to be Mormon—I felt like it was too hard, too restrictive, and that it prevented me from “being happy.” Before I completely broke away, however, I decided to try to find out for myself once and for all if what I’d been hearing all my life was really true. I began to pray daily and read in the scriptures for 30 minutes every day, particularly the Book of Mormon. Over a period of months I watched my life change dramatically as I studied that sacred book. I began to feel God’s love for me, I felt happier, and I started to feel and know that the scriptures I was reading and the doctrines I’d been taught all of my life were true. For the first time in my life I wanted to keep God’s commandments because I loved Him and that’s what I wanted to do, not just because it’s what my parents expected of me. And I've been so much happier ever since.

How I live my faith

I teach a Sunday School class based on the New Testament to other college students in my area. I love being able to learn more about the scriptures every time I prepare a lesson. I enjoy teaching, and I learn so much from the comments of all the students in my class. I also regularly visit different girls who live close to me to get to know them, share scriptural insights, and to love and support them.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The Mormon lifestyle is one of peace, joy, and happiness. We spend time every day praying and reading the scriptures and we attend church on Sundays. We strive to keep God's commandments by living healthy lives and refraining from drinking alcohol, smoking, or taking other harmful substances into our bodies. We know that families are vital to God's plan for us, so we are family-oriented and try to spend a lot of time together. We serve others, share our beliefs, and look for meaningful ways to contribut our communities. Show more Show less