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Hi I'm Natalie

I've traveled to 49 of the 50 U.S. states. I'm extremely competitive. I'd rather watch the movie than read the book. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by a single mother on the west side of Washington state. In my teenage years, I moved in with my grandparents 300 miles away from nearly everything and everyone I knew. After graduating high school in Spokane, I met my husband through a blind date. Most of the time, I stay at home with our daughter, dog, and three cats but occasionally work at the local community college. I enjoy cooking and baking, playing board games, and watching movies. During the warmer months, I like to go on walks along the nearby Centennial Trail with friends. When the snow abundant, I can often be seen creating snow angels or attempting to make my own Frosty the Snowman.

Why I am a Mormon

I had been baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was eight years old. While in high school, I moved out of my mother's home and into my grandparents. I, then, decided that church was one of the last places that I wanted to be. My life went on: I graduated high school, dated, had a few different jobs, and did a lot of things that I thought would make me happy. I eventually married my husband and we soon found out that we were expecting our first child. A few months into the pregnancy, after a routine ultrasound, we found out that we had lost our baby. There are no words for the emotions that we felt in the coming weeks and months. I had not only lost this little child, but I felt like I had lost my whole world. I turned to God and asked Him why He had done this to us and to send us a reason. One morning, while walking our dog, I saw the missionaries knocking on doors a few house down from mine. I had a feeling that I should go talk to them. After putting the dog back into the house, I walked up to these two young men and told them my story. The three of us then sat on my back porch and talked about how Heavenly Father has a plan for me, for my husband, for this lost unborn child, for everyone. The following Monday night, we had the elders over for dinner and so my husband could talk to them as well. Nearly two years later, I have attended nearly every meeting, my husband has been baptized, and both of us have had the privilege of entering the Temple and receiving the blessings of doing so. We recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl that, when I hold in my arms, I think of the miracles that take place everyday. I know that because of the Atonement of Jesus Chirst, that I can be forgiven of my sins and live with my Father in Heaven once again. I know that there is a living prophet on the earth today that receives revelation from Him. I know of the truthfulness of the this Gospel and that it is the church of our Redeemer.

How I live my faith

I spend my sundays with the children ages 18 months - 11 years at my church. I help them sing songs about the Savior Jesus Christ and often teach them lessons from the scriptures. I am reminded of the fundamentals of the Church when teaching them to the children. This also makes me more motivated to learn more about the doctrine and history outside of sunday meetings. It is a privilege to see them learn and grow in the gospel. Some of the children in my area also speak a different language so some days it is a challenge!