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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Arizona, one of five kids, and went to BYU on a gymnastics scholarship. I met my husband in Provo. We spent a few years there, finishing our degrees, then moved to Arizona. He works in the construction industry, and I am a stay-at-home mom to our four kids and do some gymnastics coaching on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was baptized a member of the church at age 8. My parents taught me from the Bible and the Book of Mormon throughout my life. We always went to church as a family, and they made sure that I participated in church activities. But at some point, everyone has to be "converted" and decide for themselves whether they believe and want to continue what they have been taught. I think for me, that happened in high school. I attended seminary, where I really started to understand the doctrine of our church. I began to see how it all fit together. Truthfully, the gospel has always just made sense to me. I have never had one big experience that confirmed to me that it was right. I have had thousands of moments, though, where I have felt good doing service or reading the scriptures or praying to my Heavenly Father. I have felt clarity and joy and a sense of gratitude. I recognize these feelings as the Spirit confirming that the things I am doing are pleasing in the sight of God. The fruits of the gospel testify to me that being a Mormon is a good thing. One of these fruits is having the guidance to raise a strong family. We are not perfect parents, but we try to teach our children and help them to know their Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. We teach them about repentence and prayer and service and valiance. We believe that the reward for raising a righteous family will be the opportunity to live together forever someday, as a family and with our Father in Heaven, having a fullness of joy. My life's desire is to watch my children walk in righteousness. The church and its organizations help me in my efforts as a mom and wife. But my own personal testimony and relationship with my Savior is what drives me to be better each day. I am thankful to be a member of Christ's church, which has been restored to the earth today.

How I live my faith

Firstly, I live my faith personally. I read and study and try to obtain knowledge about Christ, his apostles and others who have lived righteous lives, in a hope that I can follow their examples and be a good person. I pray and have developed a relationship with an unseen God. He is my Father. I have faith that he loves me and wants me to be happy by following the teachings of his Son, Jesus Christ. Second, I live my faith by being a mother. What a sacred calling. What a hard calling! I feel a tremendous responsibility to teach my children and raise them to be good people. I want them to know for themselves what they believe. Hopefully, they are learning to be more like Christ by watching their mother. I serve in the church by teaching Sunday lessons to the women in our ward. My lessons are based on talks from our prophet and general authorities in the church. I also use the scriptures to support my lessons. I am also a visiting teacher, which means that I watch over and take care of several women within my ward. I usually visit them at home at least once per month. I try to find ways to serve them and their families. It's a neat way to support one another and build friendships.