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Hi I'm Michele

I grew up attending many different churches. 45 years ago, at age 14, I searched for myself. I'm a very happy Mormon.

About Me

I love being with my family, including my husband, children, and our 14 grandchildren. I enjoy travelling, reading, music, and movies. I love meeting people and appreciate all the goodness that others have to share.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother, although agnostic herself, taught wonderful principles to me - being honest, being sincere, being responsible, and being open to truths were high on her list. She enrolled me in a Lutheran School, a Catholic School, and was open to me going to any church I wanted to try. At age 14, I accepted an invitation from a friend to go to her church - one that I had never heard of - the Mormon Church. From the first lesson I heard, it all rang true, and 45 years later, I can attest to the fact that my life changed forever with that first visit. My parents never joined the church, but, were supportive of my own decision. My husband and I have enjoyed the blessings of our children being raised in the Mormon Faith, and they, along with their spouses, and our 14 grandchildren enjoy the closeness that sharing a common faith does for a family. I will be eternally grateful for the missionaries who first introduced the principles of the Mormon faith to me. I had been taught to be open to truths at a very early age, and I found it in this church.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of who I am - it frames my perspective and encourages my progression. It helps my direction each and every day. My husband and I presently serve in our church in a Young Adult congregation. He is the Bishop of the Young Single Adult ward in our area, and our associations with those 18-30 year old young adults are inspiring! I have also spent many years serving with the women in the church and together, we have organized countless service projects for neighbors and communities. Having taught teenagers for many years in the church, it is now rewarding to see the decisions they have made and the happy families they have created by adhering to their values. We enjoyed the years our sons served full-time missions, and my husband and I are planning on serving a full-time mission for our church when we retire. It will be wonderful to "give back", and I will think of the missionaries that first shared the gospel plan with me so many years ago every day that I serve others as a missionary.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons don't only help Mormons. In fact, the humanitarian efforts of our Church are as close as our neighbors and as far-reaching as 167 different countries. I have personally helped with projects which helped children in inner-city areas with back-to-school needs; mothers in South America without newborn supplies; African children who needed clothing; neighborhoods which needed furniture/appliances/necessities and other organizations outside of our church, which needed help with THEIR humanitarian projects. The "help" isn't always physical - it can be spiritual. THAT is the first help I received from Mormons. Without the help from my friends, and the full-time missionaries, as a 14-yr old Non-Mormon girl, I was struggling for meaning in my young life. Their helped lift me to a place I never thought possible. Spiritual help came at the perfect time in my life ... and has affected all the years since! The help from the Church to others can also be in the form of emotional help as we help neighbors cope with the death of a loved one, or a family crisis. Loving others comes in all ways and is universal. The Savior helped ALL people with ALL kinds of needs, and we believe in doing the same. Show more Show less