Because He Lives

Easter is almost here! One of my most favorite holidays because... 
1- Spring Time! Representations of new beginnings and new hope everywhere!
2- General Conference weekend. 
3- It was around the time David and I confessed our love for each other! Awww haha 
so yes I love this time of year! 

This year Easter Sunday and General Conference fall on the same weekend which is so ideal! I've been thinking a lot about my Savior Jesus Christ and as always I am just baffled and brought to my knees in grattitude for Him. I was at my parents house awhile ago and pulled open my memory box which has all my journals growing up in it. I began skimming and reading past entries of the life of 10 year old Natalie and 15 year old Natalie and so forth. It's so crazy to see how much has changed and how much I've grown. I stumbled across entries when I was 14 and 15 years old and made some of the hardest decisions a young teenager could make but that young Natalie chose to trust and follow God in those times. It was really hard at the time but I want to thank that Natalie for making that decision, because of it I've found more happiness then I could have ever imagined. Because of my Savior I met my sweet husband, Because of Him I prepared myself to be able to be married and sealed in the Temple of God. And now we are expecting our precious little baby girl. If I hadn't chosen to follow Christ then who knows where I would be, but I know I wouldn't be where I am now.

Life can be really hard, frustrating, and confusing. And it turns me into a little stress ball sometimes haha. However, I choose to stay close to God for strength for comfort for guidance and for peace. How lonely and frightening would life be with out that? I would much rather live a life of hope than doubt. We live in a time where many are turning away from God. I have to ask myself, if everyone I knew and loved where to turn away, would I stay? I want to cherish and nourish my testimony of God and my Savior so that down the road I can thank 23 year old Natalie for choosing to follow God. Because I know where TRUE happiness comes from and that comes from GOD. 

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