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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm adopted, I'm a Creative Einstein and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My Mom and Dad knew from the start that they weren't going to be able to have kids. However, my mom always knew she was destined to be a mother and thus adoption came into the picture. I'm the oldest, a busy college student who enjoys X-Men, Harry Potter, going to concerts, and avoiding homework at all costs a little bit too much. I have two younger brother who were also adopted, they are actually blood brothers. My friends all joke that I'm the Mexican who was raised by white people. Which I totally own because my birth mother was from Mexico but now I have my family. I love Rock/Indie and even a little bit of Heavy Metal Music. The funniest things people say is that because of my religion I'm not allowed to listen to music in general. I'm the crazy girl in the mosh pit, screaming out the lyrics, waiting in lines for hours in order to get a quick picture with the lead singer. I definitely listen to music. I'm an English major emphasizing in Creative Writing where literally there is no limit. I also enjoy controversial subjects to write about. I grew up in California and am very aware of problems in the world. I'm not afraid to write about hard topics because everything needs a voice. I'm adopted, a nerd, a big sister, a hard core rocker, a Creative Writer and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith has given me the knowledge that one day my 'adopted' family will be together forever. I have faith and know that if we continue to do the things we should. We will be just like every other family in the church. We were brought together for a reason and were sealed in the temple to each other for eternity. I'm a Mormon because it makes me so incredibly happy. We have all had those days when we feel like no one understands us, no one cares about us, and more importantly we are just alone. My faith has helped me so much during my times of trials because I knew I was never alone. I always had my Father in Heaven, my brother Christ, the holy ghost, these are all amazing yes, but I'm also talking about a support system very close by. I've grown up with generally very good people, amazing friends, insightful leaders, knowledgeable teachers, who are always willing to listen and help me solve my problems. I am a Mormon because at the end of the day, I have free agency from the trials of the world like drugs, alcohol. I'm not addicted and never will be. I've watched so many of my friends have to go through the heartache of addiction, rehab, pregnancy that I know it's not worth it. People are always telling me that my church has restrictions of what I shouldn't do. But without these 'guidelines' I still wouldn't go near it. I love my body and want to keep living to one day have a family of my own. Most of those friends who used to mock me about my restrictions are now facing some of those trials in their life. While I've won and participated in two National Writing Conferences, am now a Junior in College, have multiple pictures with bands I love to death, and am currently looking into teaching English in Mexico next Fall. I wouldn't trade any of what I've accomplished for one drink, one smoke, one snort. It's not worth it to me. I'm a Mormon, because it gives me strength to be who I want to be and it provides me with amazing friends and family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by loving. Our brother Christ was the prime example of this, he showed love to everyone he met and didn't even know. I try my best to show love and kindness in everyday life. Sometimes living with five other girls in a stressful college environment can be challenging. I've learned the only way to handle it is to try and smile, and love everyone for their strengths and their weaknesses. I'm not saying I'm perfect at it, but I sure do try. Listening, I live my faith by being there to listen to people, to watch when something may be off about a person's certain characteristics. Perhaps because I'm a writer I pick up on certain things that other people don't and I notice they are missing and will usually ask someone about it. I have taught the four to five year old group of sunday school children twice (once I come home for a break from school) for my church. Half of the time I think they are the ones teaching me. I worked in multiple eagle projects, and have participated in cleaning up my community several times back home. I live my faith so when people ask what religion I am, and I say I'm Mormon they will hopefully not doubt me or second guess me. I want to be like my brother Christ, and I do not want to let his name get tarnished by my deeds. I live my faith through love, kindness, listening, participating and proclaiming that I am a Mormon and Christ is my brother who loves me and knows me very well.