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Hi I'm Nadia

I grew up in London. I'm a mother. I'm a teacher. I'm a cultural mesh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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 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.       

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Nadia
We believe that we existed before we came to earth, and that after death, even though our physical bodies die, our spirits live on forever, to one day eventually reunite with a perfect physical body. Being on earth is only a very small part of the plan. After I lost my Father to cancer at a young age, I would frequently ponder on the reason for our existence. After studying teachings of the church and asking for answers, I came to understand that there is a reason for birth and death, and that Christ plays an essential role in this plan. This was a great comfort to me. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Nadia
Reading this book has literally changed my life. The Book of Mormon is a set of records that date back to ancient times, from around 600BC to 400AD, but was only recently translated from Ancient Egyptian into the English language in the 1800's. Since then, it has been translated into hundreds of languages, including Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, and Farsi. The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient Prophets in what we now know as the American continent. Over a period of nearly a thousand years, these records were passed from generation to generation and while the Bible was being recorded in the Middle East, the record we know as the Book of Mormon was also being recorded on the other side of the world, addressing the same issues that God wanted his children to know about, namely the meaning of life, why we come to earth and the important role of Christ. The reason it is called the Book of Mormon, is because a Prophet named Mormon, kept the records and passed them onto his son. It is actually a record of scripture, that has the same purpose as the Bible, it is another witness of Christ. Show more Show less