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Hi I'm Natosha Miess

I am a biracial mother of five. I live in Western New York. My family is my source of happiness. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a bachelors in Family Science. I'm still not an expert on mothering, but my five children are very forgiving. As a stay at home mother, my hands are busy in care mode. When possible, I'm always interested in learning to do new crafty things such as woodworking, photo art, scrapbooking, and sewing. Any crafty thing I can do using the computer is a bonus. I also have an interest in photography and photo editing. I have a natural gift for singing and one day I hope to get professional help refining it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was two years old when my parents were introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints by friends. They received lessons from the missionaries and after months of study and prayer joined the Church. My father was raised Catholic as native of Mexico, but had no hesitation becoming a member. On the other hand, my mother was raised as a black southern Baptist and at the time of her conversion black male members of the Church could not hold the priesthood. She was concerned for her sons, but still had a strong impression she should join the Church. My mother's strong faith in the Lord is the catalyst of my testimony in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Under my mother's care and teaching, I decided that I would also be baptized a member when I came of age, which is usually at age eight. Unfortunately, I was not able to be baptized until I was ten years old because of some family struggles. It was the best decision of my life and I have never regretted it for any reason. I know without a doubt that my life would be drastically different from what it is now and not in a good way. I have peace and a very happy home because of the principles and faith I live by having this gospel in my life and the life of my husband and children. I know my purpose here on earth. I know what to strive for in this life. I know my Heavenly Father and Savior's love for me. I know what happens to us when this life is over. I know this gospel is true and that Jesus Christ restored it through his servant Joseph Smith. I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in the children's organization of my branch (a small congregation in a rural area). This organizations is known as the Primary. In Primary, one of my roles is to support the Sunday School teachers as well as teach the children through music and group lessons the principles and doctrines we live as Latter-day Saints. Since I have a been a member most of my childhood and well into adulthood, I have had opportunities to serve in many areas of my church. I have been blessed to work with the youth (teenagers) as a Sunday School teacher, in the Young Women's organization going to camp, dances, and conferences, and with the adult women's organization serving the women of my congregation in many aspects from childcare to home care to meals, etc. I have been fortunate to go to camp with the young women, dabble in cub scouts with the little boys, play with toys during church alongside nursery children, and sing with choirs. In every area I have served I continue learn new things, develop skills I never knew I had, and grew a stronger testimony of the works and wonders of my Savior.