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Hi I'm Natasha.

I live in Virginia.I love God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I am a wife and mother, a writer, a singer...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New York and Virginia. I write fantasy and historical fiction and hope one day to be published. I love singing - alone, in a choir and with my family. The best parts of my day are spent with my husband and four children, working, talking, playing games and finding inexpensive outings.

Why I am a Mormon

Since my mid-teens I have participated in various writing circles online. Through one of those I became good friends with a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had never heard of Mormons at that time, at least not knowingly. My friend told me that she had been feeling that she needed to tell me about her church. I was a member of another church at that time, and had family members with differing religious beliefs. I had learned bits and pieces of different religions, but while I didn't feel that everything in my current church made perfect sense, nothing had touched me as having more than bits of the truth. I had a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, but there were so many differing opinions as to what His followers ought to do now. My friend told me about the first vision of Joseph Smith , and explained some of the basic doctrines of the church found in the Articles of Faith). I wasn't entirely sure of what she was telling me, but I wanted to learn more. Over the next couple of years, I asked more questions, researched the church on the internet and requested a copy of the Book of Mormon. It was delivered by two missionaries who asked me to read 3 Nephi, chapter 11. It describes the appearance of Jesus Christ to a people in the Americas. I had been reading a library copy of the book and did not want to skip ahead, so I read all night until I reached the chapter they had mentioned. As I read it, I knew without a doubt that the book was truly the word of God, written by and translated by His prophets. Knowing made me so happy! I wanted to jump up, run outside and shout to everyone that it was true! As it was then 2:30 in the morning, I had the sense not to do so. I was 17 at that time, and was baptized shortly before my 18th birthday. Fourteen years later, It brings me closer to Heavenly Father, and I am happier in what I know is His church.

How I live my faith

I choose hymns and conduct music for the meetings of our local women's group. I have had other opportunities to serve in the church, particularly with children who I think truly exemplify the joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because I love to sing, this is naturally one of the ways I share my faith - participating in the church choir and singing while alone or with my family. I am a better writer and singer than I am a speaker, so it is easier for me to share my feelings for the Lord in those ways. I try every day to look for the hand of God in my experiences and share those blessings in my journal and with my children and friends. More and more lately, I am learning to turn to the Lord for help in every need - when I become frustrated or sad or lack energy or simply don't know what to say or how to teach my children. As a mother than happens a lot! I have also be trying to show the love I receive from the Lord to others, to see as He sees and to open my eyes to the needs of those around me and find ways to fill them. I feel blessed when I can be an instrument in His Hands to help others. There is nothing I can do to repay the gift of the Savior's Atonement, but I can try to live as He did and be an example of His love. I fall short constantly, but I know that I can repent, be forgiven and try to do better each day.

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

Natasha.
Mormon women, like women everywhere, come in all different personalities and talents, as well as appearances. All of us, however, have a deep faith in the the Lord Jesus Christ and a reliance on him. We believe in the equality of men and women, but also in our differences - and that our differences are something to be celebrated. We work together and complement each other in our homes and in the Church. My husband and I began discussing our plans and hopes for our family even before we were married, and we continue to do so now. We talk about the ways we can help each other in our individual responsibilities and what we can do to help our children with their personal strengths and weaknesses. We back each other up, and are each other's best friends, cheerleaders and champions. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Natasha.
Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God. Although we are all spirit children of God, only Jesus Christ was born in the physical body to a mortal mother and to God the Father.p He created the earth according to the plan and direction of Heavenly Father, and lived on earth in the flesh about 2,000 years ago. No one else has or will live completely without sin. He taught people how to live, how to follow God and He lived the things that He taught. Although He healed many people, and was the perfect Example and the perfect Teacher, His work was not complete without the Atonement.p Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary - giving up His life when He had the power to save it, enduring what no person could endure without the power of God. He took upon Himself all our sins, every single wrong that every one of us has done - and took the punishment that is due to us for those sins. He made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins as we repent, trust in Him and follow Him.p On the third day after His death, Jesus Christ was resurrected. He rose from the grave alive, having the power to overcome death. His Resurrection broke the barrier of death for everyone who has every lived. Everyone of us will live again in our bodies because of Him.p He leads His church today, and He will come again as the final Judge of all humanity. He is our Savior, Lord and King. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Natasha.
Absolutely not. We believe that we are iall/i spirit children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to everyone whether they are members of our church or not. The Church donates money and assistance to people in need throughout the world regardless of their religion, and our individual members do the same in our own communities and around the world. We don't believe we are truly following the Savior if we only serve the people who think or believe the way we do. Jesus loved everyone, and He commanded us to love others as He loves us. Show more Show less