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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a mother. I'm a writer. I feel a special closeness for Heavenly Father's children all over the world. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife of 25 years, a mother of seven, sister, daughter, and friend. I 'm a regional manager for a non-profit organization and a professional writer. I invest a lot of time, energy, and care into my various jobs and responsibilities. However, I sincerely believe there is no work on earth as important or noble as that of a Mother! I and my husband have seven children, from age 23 down to 9-year-old twin boys. They are the loves of my life! In addition, I "mother" numerous young people from China, Hong Kong, S. Korea, Brazil, France, Norway, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Turkey. We love to share our culture and learn about others' as we host high school exchange students from around the world in our home. This experience has truly blessed me and my family and opened our eyes to the love God has for all of his children-- wherever they live and whatever their circumstances. Like many women, I tend towards the "super-woman" syndrome and take on too much, and am working towards more simplicity in my life. I struggle with staying up too late, and I'm a recovering caffeine-addict :) I'm fascinated with new technologies and innovations, as well as learning about and collecting things from the past. I adore music, literature, art, and beautiful things. I also love outdoor-sy things and exploring the amazing world in which we live in. I 'm always looking for our family's next big adventure. But my favorite thing is just "hanging out" with my family and friends!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have read and researched, prayed and pondered, and I know that this is right and true. The gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is integral to who I am and all I want to become. It is what defines my daily choices and my eternal perspective on life. I'm a Mormon because, quite simply, I believe! I know God lives and that He loves me and all of His children. He knows us personally, and knows our struggles and our weaknesses, our hopes and desires. I know Jesus Christ was his literal son, and is the Savior and redeemer of the world. I have accepted him as my personal Savior. I know he came to earth, lived and died so that all man might live and have eternal life. That is the "good news" of the gospel! This simple truth can change anyone's life, no matter where they live or what their life's circumstances might be!

How I live my faith

Although my parents were Mormon and I was raised in the church, I'm a Mormon because I CHOOSE to be, and I re-make that choice every day! I choose to live the gospel teachings the best I can because they help me lead a Christ-like life and be a better person. I choose to teach my family the truths the gospel contains because they are the recipe for peace and hope and happiness, both in this life and in the life to come. I choose to read the Holy Scriptures often as I can because they teach me and inspire me. I choose to follow the voice of the living prophet because he is the Lord's voice of witness and warning in modern times, just as the prophets of old were in their day. I choose to attend church meetings because that is where I fellowship with and learn from my brothers and sisters in the gospel. I choose to pray alone and with my family every day because I need the guidance and direction of heaven, and I can't let a day go by without thanking God for all he blesses me with! I live my faith in ways both large and small, always trying to be the kind of person my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know I can be.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

This is a very special subject to me. The prophet Joseph Smith said that church members were meant to "feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." That is a great responsibility and one we take very literally by helping the poor and needy wherever they are. What many people find most surprising is, the great majority of our humanitarian work is done for people who are not members of our faith. Often, LDS charities are among the first responders to disasters, distributing food, relief supplies, or medical attention. Their efforts relieve suffering and offer hope and the potential for a better life for millions of people around the world. I have been blessed to participate in a few of these causes, such as quilting blankets for low-income infants, collecting supplies for toiletries kits given to people in refuge camps, and in canning food to send to disaster victims. My sons who are currently serving missions for the church or have served missions have witnessed first-hand great miracles through the work of humanitarian services as well. For example, one son lived in Sierra Leone, Africa, where he helped with a project that delivered the first clean water local villagers had ever had. A son in Costa Rica helped distribute wheelchairs to people who otherwise were homebound. The good that is done by the church is immeasurable! Show more Show less