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Hi I'm Natalie Ann

I'm almost nineteen, I just finished my freshmen year of college, I'm WAY too active on Netflix and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently experiencing the classic LDS gap year at college. You know, the dime a dozen going-on-a-mission-but-getting-a-year-of-school-in-first gap year. As I wait to be old enough to put my mission papers, I enjoy the wonderful joys of paying money to do laundry, figuring out how not to burn food, and making sure I even have food in my kitchen. Glory days...am I right. But of all the things, in the world, my family is most important and dearest to my heart. My first year states away from my family is...different. It would be a ton easier if I didn't have a little sibling at home missing me. My brother was born when I was twelve and when my oldest sibling was twenty one. Now that I gone, he's the only child at home, and he's in Kindergarten. My brother has taught me to love in a greater capacity than I ever knew. Because of him, I watch all of my words. Because of him, I know that kindness is the best quality a person can have. Because of him, I have grown closer to my other Brother - Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I - like many others of my faith - was born a member of this Church. But as is unique to this religion, children are not baptized until they are at least eight-years-old so that they will be able to choose for themselves whether or not they want to join this church. When I was seven-years-old, I knew that it was my turn to be baptized. Each of my three older siblings had been baptized, but I was sure that I didn't want to be baptized just for traditions sake. I decided that I would only be baptized because it was right for me. But how does a seven-year-old girl decide whether or not to join a church? I had been taught that if you have a question that you should ask God. And so, without consulting anyone else, I knelt down in my room and asked my question. I asked my Father in Heaven if this truly was His Church. I asked Him if He wanted me to be baptized. After I asked my question and before I said "Amen," I waited and listened for any feeling or way I could find an answer. Slowly but very distinctly, a warm glow swelled within my heart. I smiled, prayed "thank you," was baptized and have never regretted it. I am a Mormon because this is the Lord's church. He knows that this church is the surest way for the happiness and salvation of His children. And that knowledge explains why so many members of our church posses such a burning desire to share this gospel to the rest of the world. We all just want to share the path to happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day through service. The scriptures say that "when ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me," (Matt 25: 40). Each day when we leave our house, we enter the world. We enter the lives, the troubles, the happiness, the anything and everything of those people around us - strangers or not. Every single one of these people is personally loved of God and Jesus Christ. Every single one of these people has needs. The Lord wants to bless these people, and we are the hands that He has on this Earth, therefore it is up to us to be the blessing in the lives of the people around us. Whether it's talking to the stranger next to you on the elevator or the the old friend that you know is having a hard time, the Lord will prompt you to know what to say or do to help those around you. In doing this, your own burdens become light and simple. What once felt difficult or impossible, is either doable or not as important as you previously thought. We are the hands of God on Earth, and we can never forget that. I also live my faith in my home. An LDS prophet once said "the greatest acts of service you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home." Your family isn't something you can change, but it is one of the most potent factors in life for what will change you. Life is far to short to be a bratty teenager. I show my faith by doing what they ask me to do with a smile on my face and talking to them. I will never understand how it is to be and love as a parent does until I am one, and so for now, I interpret every worried phone call, every word of advice, every tender smile as a display of my parents love. I hope one day to raise my children as they have raised me. I live my faith by living my best.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Natalie Ann
We believe that God specifically and personally created each and every one of us and that He loves us. We believe that our gender is a vital part of our personalities. We also believe that women have a responsibility to rear their children in the home. This concept is commonly misconstrued by people outside the LDS faith. This belief does NOT mean that we believe women are incapable of working outside the home. This DOES mean that we believe a woman can do more good for this world in the home, raising a child than she - or anyone for that matter - can do in a job. The love of a good mother, once taken from a child, reaps consequences for generations to come. There is an argument to be made that a woman can both raise a child and maintain a job. While it true that a woman can do both, however, it is not worth it if it sacrifices the attention a child is able to receive. Mormons do believe in equality of men and women. As a woman, I have seen more respect for women in my Church than I've ever seen in any other capacity. Men understand the truth that a woman's greatest role is as a mother and Church members treat women with the respect they deserve. Mormon women are like any other women - full of variety. Some are sarcastic and some are sweet, some are good cooks some are good at ordering out, some like to watch movies and some like to watch the news - we're all full of just as many differences than any other type of women. Yet we are all united in our faith in and love of God. Show more Show less