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Hi I'm Natalie

I am a Music Therapist, a home improvement fanatic, a peach lover. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a mother and a wife. Those are my favorite jobs right now. My little girl's name is Pearl. One of the reasons we chose the name was because the pearl is my favorite gem stone. I am a music lover. My favorite way to express myself through music is singing. If I could clone myself, I would love to become a famous jazz singer. But with my family in mind, I am completely happy using my musical talents working very part time as a Music Therapist. I am grateful for the chance to work a little, because I feel this helps me stay balanced and gives me a chance to be myself and not "mom" for a while. I am also into running, baking (not cooking mind you), fixing and beautifying things around the house, trying not to kill the plants in my garden, and reading. Of course these are all things I try to do in my free time, which is at a premium these days as a mom and a wife. I also enjoy learning about other countries. I spent a year in Japan in high school, so I have kept in touch with my host families and try my best to maintain my rudimentary Japanese. I spent a week in Brazil with a good friend who I met in Japan, and we spoke in Japanese most of the time there. That was a strange sight I think. Adrenaline is another one of my interests. One of my goals is to go sky diving someday. I can't imagine a feeling more awesome that that of flying.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because I grew up in the church. I have stayed a Mormon because I have had experiences and feelings throughout the course of my life that have testified to me of the truthfullness of this church that I can't deny. I have truly felt the Holy Ghost testify to me of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the mission of Joseph Smith, the current prophets of God, and many other things. These experiences have usually come when I was reading the scriptures, praying, or serving others. In other words, I feel like I've recieved my answers as I've been on my feet practicing my religion. I've also recieved them line upon line, little by little. This has been good for me because I am generally slow to learn spiritual things and quick to forget them. Being a member of this church has brought me more joy that I can even express. That joy has come from believing my life has been in line with what Heavenly Father wants me to be doing, and also from giving of my time and talents to serve others around me.

How I live my faith

I have volunteered in many areas in the church in my life and have felt that each responsability I have had has helped me grow and become a better person. I started out teaching the youth and organizing their activites. This was hard for me at first, but I grew to love them and soon decided I didn't want any other job. Then I was needed in the women's organization as a teacher. I already loved teaching, so I was excited about this opportunity and loved every minute of it. Currently I help with the leadership of our women's organization. I organize the schedule of teachers on Sunday, I make sure there are hymns chosen to sing and people to conduct and play the music. I visit the new sisters in our church and help those in need. I have been a visiting teacher since I was about 20 years old. This is where I was given a few sisters to watch over with the help of a partner who is also a sister. We try to visit our sisters each month. This has been a very rewarding thing to do because I have been able to help sisters in both small and great ways that have changed our lives for the better. One time I was assigned to visit an elderly woman who was homebound. I was a little younger at the time and was intimidated about going and a little uncomfortable when I visited. I went nonetheless and tried my best to bring her some cheer. A year later she passed away. Her husband later shared with me that I had been her best friend and she always looked forward to my visits. This humbled me to know that my small effort to help someone had meant so much to them. What an opportunity I have to serve others each day. It brings me so much joy, and I believe service to others is the most meaningful thing that I can do in my life.