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Hi I'm Natalie

I am from southern CA. I am a singer, a writer and a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student and am currently studying English while I entertain hopes and make plans to one day become a teacher. Apart from school and learning, I love having adventures of all kinds and doing pretty much anything else with people that I love. I am rarely happier than I am when I am at the beach or otherwise enjoying the sunshine and I have a childlike fascination with Disney and with fireworks.

Why I am a Mormon

It just makes sense. It makes sense that as prophesied by prophets of old there was a great apostasy-- or falling away from truth. It makes sense that in accordance with those prophesies there would be a restoration of the fullness of the gospel and that the restored church would look like the one that Jesus Christ originally set up on the earth--with a living prophet, apostles and modern revelation. It makes sense that God, as a loving Heavenly Father, would provide a way for each of us to get back to Him by sending Jesus Christ to atone for our sins, and by providing-- even now-- the authority on earth to act in His name and perform saving ordinances such as baptism. It makes sense that He would also provide a way for His children who never had the opportunity to learn of and accept Christ to still receive these saving ordinances through the work in His holy temples. Aside from the fact that all just makes sense, I have felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that these things are true. I have felt the indescribable love that my Savior has for me as I have relied upon His atonement. I have felt the love of my Heavenly Father as I have called upon Him in prayer. I have received guidance, peace, light, and hope from the words of The Book of Mormon and know that it is the word of God--translated by Joseph Smith by the power of The Almighty, and meant to be used in harmony with The Bible to come to a more complete understanding of our Savior, our God, and our purpose here on earth. No untrue book could fill me with such strength, love, and desire to do good. I have seen the joys and blessings that come from heeding the council of living prophets, and I love, trust, and sustain Thomas S Monson with all of my heart. Why am I a Mormon? Because I cannot deny the truthfulness of this doctrine. Because I know that God leads this church. Because it just makes sense, I know that it's true, it makes me happy, and because through it I know that I can live with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I try my very best! None of us are perfect. We all have trials and challenges and concerns, and yet we each have the promise that through our Savior we can one day be perfected. It is a daily process! I know that even when I make mistakes or fall short, The Savior loves me and can forgive me. Through His Atonement I can be transformed. I exercise my faith by reading my scriptures, serving others, and being kind. Especially I exercise my faith by making changes in my life to bring myself into closer harmony with my Savior. I may not do anything extraordinary, but I know that The Lord loves me and knows me individually. As I give Him my all each day, I can receive the assurance that He is pleased with my offering to Him.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Natalie
I like to remember the purposes of the temple by listing them off as the five S's: 1. School: the temple is like a school in that inside the temple we learn and are taught eternal truths. 2. Sanctuary: the temple is a sanctuary because it is the most sacred structure on earth. God truly can dwell within a temple as they are holy and are free from worldly influences and sin. Inside the temple, peace and love abound, and one can truly feel that it is heaven on earth. 3. Sealing: the temple is a place of sealing where families, through sacred ordinances, can be sealed together forever. 4. Savior: the temple is a place where we learn of, remember, and try to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. 5. Salvation: the temple is a place where ordinances necessary for salvation, such as baptism, can be provided for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less