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Hi I'm Natalia Leia Riboldi

I am a BYUH graduate, teaching yoga at BYU, age 24. I am a painter, a yogi, a passionate chef, a silversmith and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 24 years old. I grew up in Provo Utah. My dad is full Argentine. I am a half latino girl with blonde curly hair and blue eyes ( both of which came from my dad). I have three siblings, all of which are my best friends! I decided I wanted to experience something new after high school and attended BYUH on the beautiful island of Oahu! I instantly felt a deep connection and love for the island, the people and the way of life. I lived there for four incredible years. The experiences and friends I made there have completely changed my life and the person I am today. I never wanted to leave and still pray for opportunities to go back there! After my brother came home from his LDS mission he also attended BYUH as well as then my younger sister! It was a dream come true having two of my siblings as my best friends to go on adventures with! .I feel so blessed with these priceless memories. After I graduated from BYUH with a painting degree I felt like I needed to return to Provo. I got a job as a painting teacher at Sundance. When they realized I had experience in other mediums I began also teaching silversmithing, print-making, watercolor, etc, I loved this job! Soon after, I got offered a job teaching yoga to the credit classes at BYU. I instantly fell in love with this job as well, more than I thought was possible. I absolutely love my students! I love seeing them progress, I love feeling like I can make a difference and give them tools to enhance their live. I love teaching!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the love from my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. I have felt this love for me and for all Gods children. The light of Christ is very real and powerful in my life. I know when I am doing what he has asked I feel overwhelming joy, peace and love. I know that he hears my prayers and answers them. I know that he has a plan for me and wants me to live a beautiful life. He has also allowed us to experience trials in this life to help us grow, change, progress. Our heavenly Father knows that these experiences will give us compassion and empathy for others. This understanding allows us to help others and experience joy. I have a testimony that the commandments ( rules ) that he has asked us to follow are for our protection. If we abstain from drugs, alcohol, sex before marriage, etc. we avoid a lot of pain and problems that could be avoided. Our heavenly Father loves us and wants us to be happy. Just like a parent who wants their child to have the best possible life. He knows what is best for us. If we trust and obey him our lives can be incredibly beautiful and purposeful. I have experienced the joy that comes from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day Saints. I know that I would be a completely different person without the guidance and direction from living prophets and apostles and from a loving Father in heaven. My sincere desire is that everyone will be able to feel Gods love for them and desire to come unto him. He is waiting with arms outstretched for you. He loves you. He wants to help you. He knows you.

How I live my faith

My faith is everything to me. I try to live my life in a way that is wholesome, filled with light and joy. I love my savior Jesus Christ and my heavenly Father. I try to show them I love them by helping those around me and forgetting about myself. I am far from prefect, but I try to make a little progress everyday. I have realized that life can be filled with so much abundance, joy, laughter and love when we are focused on others and not ourselves. I look at my jobs as opportunities to love people. This has made all the difference to me. I don't think it matters so much what we do career wise if we understand this simple concept. Its not about the money, and it might not matter so much what you actually do. As long as you are making a difference in the lives around you. I try to live by the phrase, "build where you stand." You don't have to build an orphanage to make a difference. There are opportunities all around us to serve, lift, build, comfort, listen and love. Life can get busy, crazy and confusing. Sometimes its easy to get so caught up in running around that we forget to take a step back and remember what really matters and why we are really here. When I focus my life on the people in my life, and not the tasks to accomplish, my life is filled with peace and happiness.