Hi I'm Nadia
I was born in London, where I was raised speaking English and Farsi. I inherited Persian traditions, that were reinforced and weaved into my everyday life through language, food, music, poetry and dance. I moved to America to pursue a Masters degree in the family therapy field. I've worked as an educator, an interpreter, and a voiceover in radio, however being a mother is my true profession. Nothing else I could potentially achieve in this season of my life will be of more importance to me than raising my family. I'm a wife and a full-time mother of three remarkable children. I make 'to do' lists that seldom get done, but my 3 greatest accomplishments are walking, running, jumping miracles. One skates, the other swings, and the last is just cute, and that's a good enough accomplishment for me.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a convert to Christianity. My conversion was based on learning about the teachings of Christ from the missionaries, the Bible, and the Book of Mormon, and then trying to follow those teachings by attending church. When I initially met the missionaries, the moral teachings of the church struck a chord with me. I learned that God is my Eternal Father, that he knows and loves me like a parent loves his child. I learned that there is a meaning and a purpose to life. As I continued to read the Book of Mormon I had quiet experiences that moved me, and I made the decision to join the church based on an inner connection I felt with the teachings that resonated with me. I developed a personal relationship with God, and I felt a sense of peace and clarity from the teachings of Christ. I came to know and understand that Christ is not just a good man, or a prophet, but a divine being who plays an essential role in my life. Even though being a Mormon may appear to be a contrary way of life from that of my upbringing, I have come to realize that in fact the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ go hand in hand with the Persian and Pakistani cultures I was raised with. The very essence of these ancient cultures promote what Christ taught, such as keeping ourselves morally clean and sustaining the family as an essential unit of society. Also, making our homes a place where anyone can be received with warm affection, feel accepted, secure, loved and wanted. The teachings of the church are not new, they are rooted in the old traditions of my heritage. I feel a special connection with my cultural and spiritual heritage when I am learning about the life of Christ and his teachings. I encourage anyone who is searching for truth to meet with the missionaries, read and ponder on the scriptures, and pray to ask God if what they are being taught is true. Doing so has changed me in a profound way, and has brought peace, hope, clarity and happiness into my life.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I cherish the following quote from the Family Proclamation 'Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities'. Being a parent pushes me to try to be a better person, knowing that my children are watching my every move, I am encouraged to literally live what I believe. Having children can often raise the noise level in our home to an all time high with bursts of whining, screaming and yelling. However, setting aside time everyday to pray and read scriptures as a family, and attending church as a family each week renews the peace in our home.
How I live my faith
My faith is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, so I am striving, emphasis on striving, to become a better person by learning from his life, and trying to do what he would do in any given situation. I've had the opportunity to volunteer in my church community, from teaching lessons and conducting music, to organizing creative activities. I also had the opportunity to volunteer as a full time missionary in Scotland for 18 months.