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Hi I'm Natalie

I grew up in Missouri and Pennsylvania. I'm studying computer science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I'm attending Brigham Young University. I plan on completing a degree in computer science, but I'm taking a break (fall 2017 to spring 2019) to serve a full time mission in the Dominican Republic. I'm lucky to have lived in all sorts of different regions of the US: Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah (so far). I feel closest to home in central Pennsylvania, which is where I graduated high school. I spent high school being heavily involved in theater and music programs. Performing, singing, and choir will always be close to my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and my parents are very strong members. While they have been a strong and inspiring influence in my life, I don't live my faith because of family expectations. As a child, it was all I knew. As I grew older I started to realize how unpopular my religion was and how the commandments I followed did not allow me to fit in and dress and act like my peers. It was then that I had to decide where I stood. I'm not someone who can blindly follow something for the sake of tradition. I have to understand why I do what I do and know that what I'm doing is right. As I learned more about Mormonism from attending church and from my family and my personal study I tried to take the steps advised to find out whether the Book of Mormon is true and ultimately whether this church was true. I learned for myself the reality of our loving Heavenly Father. As I've strived to learn and understand more about God and the church I've had spiritual experiences confirming the truthfulness of this church that I can't turn my back on and say they mean nothing to me, because I would be lying to myself. Whether Mormons are born in the church or find it later in life, all must become converted in their hearts.

How I live my faith

In high school my typical week was church every Sunday, youth activities each Wednesday night, and scripture classes (seminary) every morning before school. I was given opportunities to lead as class president several times for the Young Women I went to church with. At my first year at BYU I received callings (assignments of service) to help organize the music for church each Sunday. My current calling is full time missionary service in the Dominican Republic where I will teach both members and those interested in becoming members, as well as serve the communities I'm placed in to the best of my ability. Callings, no matter how small they seem, give me opportunity to serve God and to serve His children.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Natalie
As a Mormon woman I have been taught time and time again of my infinite worth as a daughter of God. I have had the example of my mother and other older woman that have lead me and taught me over the years, whether in their callings (church assignments of service) or just in the way the live their lives. Mormon women are trying to become closer to God and help those around them, just like the men. Mormons absolutely believe in equality of men and women! Too often people mistake being different to mean unequal. Having both men and women on Earth is essential to God and both are equally valuable to Him. The differences between men and women serve to enrich our experiences on Earth and fulfill God's plan, which centers on families. I have observed my parents and the equality they have in their relationship. They strengthen and respect one another and help one another fulfill their most important job of being father and mother. I'm lucky to say neither parent tries to take on a "higher" role and this equality is what God wants to see in all relationships between the genders. They are of equal worth in His eyes and I hope to apply this to my life and my future relationships. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Natalie
Because they love what they believe! I recently made the choice to serve a full time mission. I knew I could get sent almost anywhere in the world, speaking any language. I knew it would be hard. I wouldn't be paid, I wouldn't have my phone, no netflix, no daily contact with friends and family back home (but I do get weekly contact :) ) Why do so many young people decide to do this? They would only sacrifice so much if they knew the message they had to share was more important than their own personal comforts. I love finding good tv shows. When I find something really good and high quality that makes me happy I naturally want to tell people about it and get them to start watching it too. Missionaries are going out to tell anyone who will listen about something so much more capable of bringing joy and fulfillment than even the best of tv shows (sorry Sherlock). They are willing to go anywhere and overcome any language barrier to seek out strangers because they know that God knows them and He cares so deeply about them. Show more Show less