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Hi I'm Natalie

I've lived a couple different places. I like water and bridges and flying planes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have moved around a bit, but I grew up mostly in Indiana and Michigan. I like to read good books, dance, play soccer, and laugh. I also enjoy capoeira, though I still consider myself new to it.

Why I am a Mormon

I seek truth. I ask questions. I like knowing how things work and getting answers. The gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings me answers that I not only know are true, but feel they are true. It enhances all of my secular learning as well. It has been the best form of comfort, knowledge, and wisdom in my life. I'm a Mormon because God is my friend.

How I live my faith

I do my best to work hard and make right choices. I try to treat others with kindness and respect. I do help out with the youth in my ward. I teach lessons every Sunday and do activities with them on Wednesdays. I am also about to spend 18 months as a full-time missionary for my church. Though I still believe that it was the little day to day decisions to work and be kind that have built my character the most.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The best answer I have had to this question was from a young woman: "Well, aren't men given the priesthood so that we can do what we need to do?" Priesthood, in a lot of ways, is a form of protection. It isn't the right of any man to have it really, but rather his privilege. It is a gift from the Lord. It is His allowance for us to exercise his power on earth. Such a gift inherently must be unselfish. As women we strive to nurture and uplift others. It may seem insignificant, but this work is very important. I know, because I have often been the beneficiary of it. It was in these small moments that I glimpsed miracles of God's love for me. "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass." It is a man's duty to protect his family and others with the power of Christ. It is his divine responsibility to properly honor and exercise the priesthood that the Savior has allowed him to use for the blessing of all. To view it as a form of oppression or unfairness is a complete misunderstanding of its purpose. Show more Show less