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Hi I'm Natasha Rader

I'm your average Midwestern girl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm your average 26 year old. I grew up in a very tiny town in Missouri. I'm currently studying at BYU-Idaho. I'm a convert.

Why I am a Mormon

Fun fact: I have depression. Now rewind back to Tuesday, September 02, 2014. This is where my story begins. I had decided I was going to kill myself. I thought this was the only way to end the pain that I was feeling. I knew that I actually didn't want to die, I just wanted the pain to stop but I had no idea how I could do that. I was too scared to actually follow through with it though. I was terrified that I had seriously thought of committing suicide that day so I went to a friend of mine who just so happened to be a member of the Church. She had tried to get me to meet with the missionaries and to attend church but I just never felt like I should. I was an absolute mess when I walked into her salon (nail-tech). I broke down and told her everything. After I had told her what had happened, she took my hands in hers, looked me in the eyes and said "I really think you should talk to them." I had no idea who 'them' was. I was so upset when I came in that I hadn't noticed the two guys sitting on the couch. I was mortified. Here I was, crying my eyes out and these guys had heard everything (talk about awkward). Turns out, they were missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We talked quite a while about everything. They eventually gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read Alma 32. I did and before too long we were meeting regularly. Ten weeks later I was baptized. I became a Mormon because since I started learning the Gospel and attending church, I feel like I belong somewhere. And that no matter how bad of a day or time I'm having, there is always hope for something better. When feelings of worthlessness and self-doubt creep in, I'm reminded that Heavenly Father loves me and that I am never alone.

How I live my faith

I put forth an effort to learn as much as I can and to help others whenever possible. I'm a big believer in service to others. I feel my best when I help people with even the smallest things. I attend church regularly and try not to miss it but sometimes it happens. Since attending college, I've had my first experience with visiting teaching and honestly, it is wonderful. Now, I'm not perfect. And I don't try to pretend I am. Sometimes life is hard and I fail. But I try my hardest to live my faith.