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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a wife and a mother of 5. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am lucky enough to be the mother of 4 daughters and one son. Our house is mostly messy, crazy and loud, but I wouldnt have it any other way! I am Australian and my husband is Maori, so i am blessed to get to enjoy and learn about another culture. I love to cook for my family and friends, the more people the better. It makes me happy to be surrounded by the people I love. My parents were both scout leaders and I grew up with two brothers so naturally i love everything outside. I enjoy fishing, camping and gardening and just getting my hands dirty. I also love sewing and embroiding, although I dont have much time for it these days. I play clarinet and bass clarinet and have played in many bands and orchestras in my youth. I am extremely bad at sports or anything that involves coordination. I studdied Auslan (Australian Sign Language) for 4 years, although, I think I have forgotten most of it. I plan to study more in the future, and I hope to one day be a registered nurse and a midwife.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormons so i was raised in the church. I think i took the teachings for granted. When i was married and had children of my own it became important to me know if what I was teaching my children was true. I studied, pondered and prayed. I felt the spirit so strong, and I knew it was true. Every Sunday when I come to church I have a overwhelming feeling that i'm in the right place and I am where my Father in heaven wants me to be. I am also grateful that the gospel provides a way that i can be with my husband and children for eternity. I also suffer from the anxiety dissorder OCD. I have learnt that I can rely on the Lord when I feel I cant rely on myself. The church has also allowed me to find a deeper peace that my heart and mind so desperatly needed. Basically, I am a Mormon because I know it is true!

How I live my faith

I have served as a young womens leader. I have also helped co ordinate our ward Visiting Teaching program where members visit other members on a monthly basis and share gospel messages and give service where needed. I was reciently a teacher in primary, but i think the children taught me way more than I taught them! My husband and I follow the church leaders council to once every week have a Family Home Evening. We look forward to every monday night when we can spend some time together. Our children make sure we never miss it! Its a great opportunity to turn everything off, like the computers and tv and just focus on having fun together. we sing, play games, have a lesson or dicussion and a treat at the end. it draws us closer togther as a family and to our Heavenly Father. Having a large young family doesnt usually allow me the oppourtunity to be able to do large acts of servce. But i still enjoy helping where I can. Even if it is just holding a child for someone, bringing a meal when someone is sick, sitting next to someone that is lonely or even just asking someone how they are doing, I know it all makes a difference.