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Hi I'm Natalie Phister

I am a writer. I am a musician. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a junior at Brigham Young University, in Provo, UT right now. I'm studying advertising, with a creative writing minor. My biggest passion is music. I cannot go a day without singing something, and my guitar, Goliath, is my best friend! I also have a deep love for creative writing, and I hope to have some published works out there soon! I also really like cats. A lot. They're my favorite animal (and no, they're not devils!). Animals in general are great, but cats are by far the greatest. If I grow up to be a crazy old cat lady, so be it. I'll raise them all in the Gospel. I have been deeply-rooted in the Gospel all my life. I consider myself tremendously blessed. I was blessed with a good family: Mom and Dad have taught me how to be a good example to my four siblings. I have a great deal of faith. I know without a shadow of a doubt that everything about this church is true. And to be honest, it hasn't been that hard to gain that testimony. I've had my minor moments of doubt, but the Lord has always shown me His endless mercy and re-affirmed my beliefs. I love this Gospel and I love my life! I can promise the Gospel brings happiness. When you set your standards high, and then shoot higher, you find true, eternal joy. It's better than anything else you could possibly feel.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member all my life. I've grown up with all its teachings. However, it wasn't really until High School that I became truly dependent on the Gospel. I had the faith, but not the conviction. Once High School started, I was put through trials that helped me grow closer to the Lord than I'd ever imagined possible. Now I humbly testify to you that I've felt the Spirit telling me this Church is true. Joseph Smith was a prophet, seer and revelator, called by God to bring about the restoration of the fullness of the Gospel. I know that Christ atoned for all the sins and shortcomings of every single human being that ever lived on the earth, that does live on the earth, and that ever will live on the earth. I know that He is the only chance I have in ever making it back to my Heavenly Father's presence, and I know that He will make up the difference and bring me back home, even if He has to carry me. I know that He loves me with an infinite love; I have been blessed with the feeling of His, quiet, loving presence countless times. Every time I feel it in my heart, it's like He is right next to me, giving me a big hug. I KNOW that He lives. That He conquered death so that I, too could do the same. I KNOW that He is there, and that He answers all prayers, even if it's not right away or exactly the way you would like Him to. I love Him with all my heart, and I owe Him all that I have and all that I am. I can never repay the debt I owe Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith primarily by following the commandments everyday. It really is the little things. I pray, I study my scriptures, I attend church, I fulfill my calling. Too often we look for some great and powerful solution to our problems, but even more often, I've found the solutions are in the small, daily things you do. Sometimes I'll pray and ask God for guidance, and the answer I receive is something along the lines of, "well, have you tried the scriptures? I mean, they're right there!" It really is that simple. Simple is not always easy, but it does the trick.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Natalie Phister
A couple summers ago, I was blessed to be taught through lots of small things about this sacred subject. I guess it was just time I learned about it, the Lord, thought. That summer was church camp after church camp, and they all had things to teach me about the Atonement. I've learned more than ever about it, and I can finally say that I know I'm not just taking it for granted. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the night before Christ was crucified, He suffered every affliction, every consequence, every punishment for every sin and shortcoming; He suffered for everything that could possibly make us as mortal beings unable to return to the presence of God, which was an aweful lot for every single person, seeing as none of us except for Him is perfect. Only perfection can remain in the presence of God and not be utterly destroyed; it's just the way it is. Once we make a single mistake, we are lost. That is where that Atonement came in. During that night, He suffered so much that He bled from every pore! When I was at EFY, a girl in my group spoke of a story of a man in the Korean War who was put through so much torture that He bled from just ONE pore: that killed him. To think of bleeding from EVERY pore of your body... I simply cannot fathom it! Christ went to the very bottom depths of Hell, and came back, so that mercy could satisfy the demands of justice (read Alma 42:15-26 in the Book of Mormon). Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Natalie Phister
No, not all Mormons are required to serve missions. But we are all encouraged to consider it. Of the men, it is expected, as it is a Priesthood duty. But I know a few young men who have come to the conclusion that it is not a part of God's plan for them to do so, and I still love them all to death. Of the women, it is encouraged. I have so many dear friends on missions right now because of this encouragement, and I am so proud of them. I, myself, considered it for a time, but the answer I received on enquiring of the Lord was that a mission was not where I would be needed most. But if He should suddenly tell me I need to go, I will go. Even if that is when I am married and probably much older. Show more Show less