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Hi I'm Natalie Gochnour

I am a wife and mother of two great kids, one great son-in-law and a beautiful yellow lab. I'm an economist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a native Utahn and westerner. I love rugged mountains and expansive red rock. One of the greatest gifts in my life has been the opportunity to grow up skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, backpacking in the Uinta Mountains and camping or hiking anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. I’m a passionate soccer fan — having played for 25 years — and an avid supporter of Real Salt Lake. I also enjoy the Utah Jazz. I have one thing in common with Warren Buffet; we both play the ukelele. My career working in the Utah governor’s office, with a Cabinet member in Washington, D.C., with the Salt Lake Chamber and at the David Eccles School of Business have exposed me to incredible life lessons about economic leadership, community building and civil society. I share my views in monthly columns in both Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News. I also represent the political center — yes, I’m a moderate — in a weekly radio program featured on KCPW Public Radio in Salt Lake City. I’m blessed to have come from a large family and a caring community that afforded me opportunities to grow and learn and give. I place a high value on authenticity, kindness, spirituality, civility, patience, gratitude and balance. I live in a modest home (you can vacuum the whole top floor without changing the plug) and yearn for a simpler life for everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for two reasons: First, it's the "faith of my fathers," which means I come from a long line of active Latter-day Saints. I am in every sense of the term culturally Mormon. More importantly, I am a Mormon by choice. I believe that by living the precepts of the Mormon faith my life is better and I experience more joy.

How I live my faith

I believe in personalizing my religion and I do this by owning it. Personalizing Mormonism for me means following my yearnings -- a passion for family, a commitment to Christ-like qualities and belief in eternal life. I serve as the Gospel Doctrine teacher in my congregation (ward), which means that every other Sunday I explore theology with great people. We read scriptures together and talk about how the words we read apply to our daily lives. I live my faith by doing. I study Mormonism, I try to serve people in need and I ask people I love to be patient with my weaknesses.