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Hi I'm Natalie

I love the piano. I'm a middle child of nine kids. I'm an average high school student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play the piano, and have been taking lessons for seven years. As well as a pianist, I am a skilled baby-sitter with lots of younger siblings to practice on ;). I'm also a book addict ;). Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, and Gaston Leroux aren't safe from me, and I absolutely adore novels. Other than that, I'm just your average high-schooler, with the addition of an early morning seminary class ;).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and so as a little girl I never questioned whether my beliefs were true, and I just followed the examples set by my older siblings and my parents. When I was twelve, however, I really began to question the truth of what I'd been taught and wanted to know for myself. People around me would talk of how they had prayed and received revelation concerning the truth of the gospel, and I wanted that surety of knowledge for myself. I decided to read the Book of Mormon, front page to back, because, believe it or not, I had never done it before, despite being raised in the church. I was familiar with the stories, but I wanted to read it all the way through. I started reading it daily, praying daily, and writing in my journal whenever something struck me as an important lesson to be learned, and slowly but surely, I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I didn't really realize the growth and progression I had made until I stopped and reread my journal entries, in which I saw how my insight had grown and I had become more aware of God's hand in my life. I noticed how he had answered my prayers and I realized that I knew- not just thought or suspected- that God loved me and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I also realized the importance of gaining your own testimony and not relying on the testimonies of those around you. I'm so grateful I have gained a testimony for myself and I know that I have God to lean on through my trials.

How I live my faith

I am a regular church-goer, and I set aside Sunday as a day to spend with family, reflect upon what I did that past week, and make goals for the next week. Keeping the Sabbath day holy is really important to me, and I know that it has really blessed me in my life. As well as attending church every Sunday, I go to a Seminary class every morning at six, in which we as a class study the scriptures and prepare ourselves spiritually for the upcoming day. I really am grateful for the opportunity I have to do this, and though many of my friends gawk at the mention of waking up at five in the morning in order to study scriptures, I know that despite the sacrifice of sleep, its totally worth it ;).

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

Natalie
We believe that men and women are equal, but that doesn't mean they have the same roles. Men have the responsibility to care and provide for the family while women nurture and raise the children. This doesn't mean that women can't work or men can't be stay-at-home dads; it can change according to the needs of certain families. Many think that because men are able to hold the priesthood and women aren't this makes them unequal though that is entirely not the case. The priesthood is there to bless everyone; all men women and children, not just those who hold it. Show more Show less