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Hi I'm Natalie

I'm a college student. I can't pick a major. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've introduced myself as a college student, but I'm not in school at the moment. I've taking 18 months off of school to serve a mission for the church. I've been called to serve in Cochabamba Bolivia and am so excited. As a missionary, I'll teach people about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and share my own spiritual experiences. I'll be able to share how the Book of Mormon has impacted my life and how prayer helps me feel close to God. When I go back to college I'm thinking of studying liguistics, which is the study of languages, so maybe film studies, or computer science. Really, I have no idea what I want to study, but I hope to have more of an idea when I get back from my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was only twelve years old, I started thinking about religion. My family has always been a sort of non-denominational christian. We celebrated Christmas, but never attended church. I went to a couple of other churches before the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I stuck with the Mormon church because the members were really welcoming and friendly. Over the next year I attended church almost every Sunday and learned more and more about the gospel. Everything made sense to me, but it still took me a year before I felt ready to be baptized. My parents weren't very happy with my decision, but they thought I was old enough to choose my own beliefs, something I'm very grateful for. My grandparents have been members since my mother was a child so my grandfather was able to baptize me, just a few weeks before I turned 13. It has now been five years. I am still learning more and continuing to grow closer to Christ.

How I live my faith

(While the particulars of my life have changed a bit since I graduated high school. I think this explaination of how I live my faith still holds, so I haven't edited it.) Because of my high standards, I stick out a lot in my high school. Unlike, most of my peers, I don't swear or make vulgar jokes. I also try to dress modestly, which often puts me at odds with the current fashions. Luckily, my close friends respect my standards and don't make me feel uncomfortable. I notice how my best friend doesn't swear around me even though she sometimes does when she doesn't realize I'm listening. I also participate in the church's seminary program. I go to church each day before school to study the scriptures with the other high school aged youth. This year we are studying the New Testament, which is especially exciting because every chapter is about Jesus Christ. Afterwards we drive to school. A bunch of us go to the same high school to we drive together, blasting music and singing along to our favorite new songs.

Are Mormons Christians?

I consider myself a Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and my Redeemer. I try to follow Him example of righteous behavior. Show more Show less