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Hi I'm Natalie.

I am an avid reader, a gardener, and a triathlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother, a gardener, a music enthusiast, an avid reader, and triathlete. I have been married for 17 years. We've had our ups and a lot of downs together, but our commitment to each other has never wavered. I am a mother of 5 with a wonderfully supportive husband, who encourages me and is a true partner in my life. I love to garden. It is always an experiment every year. We currently grow a variety of fruits and vegetables. I enjoy music and sang in a small singing group in the Bay Area as a child. I'm a big fan of reading the classics, especially authors like George Eliot, Dickens, and Hardy. I love the outdoors and enjoy many sports: hiking, kayaking, biking, running, swimming especially in the Pacific Northwest where I currently live. Being a triathlete gets me motivated to get out the door early every morning. A new venture of mine is helping to run a preschool from my home. I have always wanted to travel to Europe, Asia and South America, but right now I love my life as a stay-at-home mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be raised and taught the gospel by two parents who showed me how to work and love the Lord through service. I am a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me on many occasions that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. As a teenager, I felt the need to read the Book of Mormon to know for myself if it was true. At the close of the Book of Mormon, Moroni, a prophet in ancient times, issues a challenge and promise to all who read the book. If they will ask God if this book is true, with a sincere desire to know, then we will get an answer. I took that challenge. I read it and asked in prayer with a real desire to know if it was true. I felt the burning in my heart, and a voice so clear telling me that this book is true. That was the beginning of a long pursuit of studying the words of God. The Book of Mormon has helped me to understand the Bible better, too. It has helped me to come to better understand God and to know of His plan of salvation for me, personally. Studying the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price has helped me to understand who I am, the purpose of my life, and to know what comes after this life on earth. I am a Mormon because after I was baptized, I was given the gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift is precious to me. Through the influence of the Holy Ghost, I can feel Heavenly Father's love for me, I can know if things are true, I can know of things I need to do by listening to the feelings I get from the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

My priority has always been my family. Whatever I do, I think of the impact it has on our entire family. I try to balance service in the school and in the community with service in the church and service in my home. I help in the church right now with the Cub Scouts and am a den leader over the Bears. I get to work with my own son! I frequently fill in teaching the children on Sundays, too. I also am a visiting teacher to three wonderful women in our congregation. My visiting teaching partner and I have a responsibility to visit, serve and meet the needs of these three sisters on a monthly basis. I live my faith by following the head of our Church, a true living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. In this world of changing and deteriorating values, I rely on the words of the current Prophet and Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. They truly testify of Christ, and exemplify His love for all the children of God. They are a beacon to me of what the Lord would have me do, and how I can love and serve others as Christ would. Each prophet has counseled families to have family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening. As a family we make family prayer and scripture study a priority. Hearing the word of God on a daily basis, helps to strengthen our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our family spends Monday evenings teaching each other the gospel. We sing hymns, we read scriptures, and have a gospel centered-lesson, an activity and a treat. It is time we spend together as a family. How we teach and how we live is centered on the teachings of my Savior, Jesus Christ. My husband and I teach our children to be kind, considerate, loving, and patient. All of these are attributes of the Savior. We are not always perfect at it, but we are trying. I want others to feel the love of the Savior through me by the way I speak, by my choices and by my actions. It is my work on this earth to become like the Savior; that is how I try to live my faith.