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Hi I'm Natalie

Through NICU, deafness, and everyday life, God helps me through. I'm a wife, a mother, an artist...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My priorities in life are to be: 1st a daughter and a witness of God, 2nd a wife, 3rd a mother, and 4th an artist. In any normal condition, these four responsibilities are a handful. But as often happens, life throws us curve balls and my stress is increased with terrible pregnancies (when I can get pregnant), and a 2-year-old who is not only fed through a tube but also is totally deaf due to her prematurity (she was born at 25 weeks weighing 1 lb 4 oz). My other daughter, after months of hospital bed rest, was miraculously born full term and healthy. Through all of life's surprises, and weaving through all of my goals and priorities, is the peace of God that no earthly thing can give. I LOVE being a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in this church, several of my family members didn't believe in what it taught and I, too, went through a similar phase of doubting. I guess I just didn't want it to be true because I was afraid I'd become someone that wasn't "me" if I lived the religion to its fullest. After one particularly powerful evening--hiding behind the dining room table so no one would catch me in my moment of secret vulnerability--I had an experience with God where I KNEW he had plans for me to become a greater "me" than I ever imagined possible and that I only needed to trust Him. My trust has grown ever stronger the more and more I've let go of the things I thought I'd miss when I lived this religion. Today, I can't imagine life without His teachings or His love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping my constant focus on the goal of PEACE in this life and ETERNAL LIFE in the life to come. I find when I do this, I am able to get rid of unproductive and foolish thoughts that bring me down; and I am filled with hope for the future. I've been amazed at how well the Lord can comfort me even in excruciatingly painful circumstances and wouldn't trade the peace and hope I've felt for all the things the world can give.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

This is one of my favorite principles in the LDS Church. In my own research of other faiths, I've found that some churches say, in effect, that you must "work hard so you can qualify for salvation." Other churches teach that "work isn't important because grace is the only thing that can save you." For me, the LDS church clarifies the balance between grace and works. Our doctrine says, in essence, "work hard so you can qualify for grace, because grace is the only thing that can grant salvation." So we don't believe work alone will save us, but we do believe it will help to refine our character, help us to become more Christlike, and therefore qualify us for His grace. Our work is doing our best to follow all of His commandments, but we recognize that all our efforts are still meager compared to blessing of His grace. Show more Show less