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Hi I'm Natalie

I have 3 little kids with big personalities, I live in a fun little tourist town (but haven't always). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a great family in a pretty ordinary suburban neighborhood. I worked hard to get a Bachelor's and Master's degree in social work. A field that I am very passionate about and a work that I love. During the 6 years I spent in college I met and made friends from around the world and from many different backgrounds. I also got married. That was the best decision of my life. I gave birth to my oldest child six months before I finished up my Master's degree. Immediately after I graduated I moved to the Midwest with my Husband so he could go to Pharmacy School. Now I have three kids, ages 5, 2 and 6 months. My husband works and I stay at home with the kids most of the time. Life feels really busy but it is pretty unremarkable to write about. I never planned on making a profile because I don't consider myself interesting enough. However, my friend asked me to and so I am because my friends are very important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is so worth it. About six months ago my husband and I skipped out on church and had a wonderful Sunday. We relaxed and spent time with our kids, went for a walk, a car ride, cooked a fantastic meal. At the end of the day he looked at me and said something like, "Church is a lot of work, this has been such a nice day, is it really worth it?" After that we were both quiet for a time while we examined our own feelings and pondered the question, "Is it worth it?" After a long pause we both said yes, it is worth it. Being a Mormon has brought so much good to my life. The things that I believe have helped to shape the person that I am, and the paths that I have chosen to take in life. Of course I have had many spiritual experiences that have built a burning testimony inside me of a loving Father in Heaven, and the restoration of His church in modern times, but I have known some who have gained that testimony and turned away from the church because they believe it is too difficult to be a faithful Mormon. I have found time and time again in my life that when I choose to follow God's path for me, even when it is difficult, especially when it is difficult, things turn out far better than if I had followed my own path. Sometimes living the gospel is difficult. Sometimes life is just difficult. But I am so grateful that I have faith and prayer to fall back on when things get tough. I have peace, love, happiness and purpose in my life, my home and my heart, and that is what makes it worth it.

How I live my faith

Right now in my life I am a mother to three young and busy children who consume most of my energy and time. This is exhausting and rewarding work. I try to teach my children scripture stories and uplifting songs every day. I am teaching them to pray. Often prayers in my home include thanking Heavenly Father for "Junie B Jones" books, markers and Halloween. I am trying to teach my children to be kind and compassionate people- and they are! (most of the time) I have had people tell me, you should work. You are so talented and could do so much good as a social worker. But I believe I can do more good and make more of a difference in this world as a mother. I believe I will make all the difference in the world to these three wonderful children that I am raising.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

We believe that our spirits lived in heaven before we were born. One of the most important reasons we came to earth was to get a body because a body would allow us to have experiences and grow in ways we could not as spirits. If one of the main reasons we came to earth was to get a body, and our bodies are instruments that allow our spirits to grow and progress then it IS important how we treat our body. It is often said life is a test. A test of what? A test of how we will use our agency and how we will use our bodies. The way we treat our bodies affects our spirits. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Every month in our church services, usually the first Sunday of the month, we have a testimony meeting. My five year old loves to "bear her testimony" in church, so we talk a lot about what a testimony means in our house. I teach my children that a testimony is the good feelings we have in our heart, and the things that we feel are most important and true in our hearts. A testimony is like a seed. It can be very small. Perhaps a child will just know that their family loves them, and through the love of their parents they will feel that God loves them. This a small testimony. Just like a very small seed can grow very big if given the right environment, a very small testimony can grow very strong if given the right experiences. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

In the Book of Mormon in Alma Chapter 34 it says "For behold this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God...do not procrastinate the day of your repentance...for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world." We believe a lot of things about life after death, but I am choosing to focus on this scripture and doctrine because it says that we go on being the same people after we die. We will want, love and hate the same things that we do now. If a person is miserable in life and dies they will still be miserable, if a person is kind and happy they will be kind and happy in the hereafter. Death doesn't change who we are and our state of happiness anymore than moving to a new city does. So right now, while we are alive is the time to make changes, resolve issues, seek a relationship with God, and find a way to make peace and happiness apart of who we are and not something that is momentarily gained from "wordly" experiences. That doesn't happen over night or over the course of a year or two, but is a lifelong challenge. And I believe that it can be achieved. Even for you Reba. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Pray and listen, pray and listen, pray and listen. It has worked for me. If there is one thing in life that I know it is that we all have a loving Father in Heaven who answers prayers. Show more Show less