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Hi I'm Michelle

I am a wife and a mom. I have an MBA. I enjoy volunteer work. I love to learn, think, and write. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married mom of three wonderful children. As a family, we love to laugh, talk, learn, and "hang out" together. I met my husband when I was in my late twenties. Before we married in 1997, I had served as a missionary for our Church in South America, received a Master's degree in business MBA, and started an exciting and fulfilling career as a business consultant. I have been grateful to be a stay-at-home mom since my first child was born in 1998. I have enjoyed doing some volunteer work as one way to keep my business skills and résumé active during this priceless season of my life as a mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but this is not the reason I have continued as a member all of my life. While I cannot point to one specific experience where I just "knew" the gospel is real and the Church is true, I have had a lifetime of experiences that have converted me to my faith. So, I am Mormon because I know the truths we learn are real. The knowledge I have of the purpose of life helps me face difficult challenges such as years of chronic illness. The understanding of God's plan for us as His children helps me be a better person, a better wife, a better mother. I am grateful to know I have a loving Father in Heaven who is aware of me, and a Savior who has made it possible not only for us to live again after this life, but also makes this life to me so much more meaningful and can help me grow and change and become better, one day at a time.

How I live my faith

My faith permeates everything I do, from my day-to-day activities to my perspective on the purpose of life. It definitely affects me in my role as a wife and mother. My faith helps me understand how eternally important these roles are. In my local ward congregation, my current responsibility is to manage our ward web site. Other responsibilities I have had over the years include: Sunday School teacher, leader in the young women's organization, ward activities chairperson, leader and accompanist of my ward's choir, and committee member assisting with compassionate service efforts. In the community, I volunteer at a local university to help mentor students, particularly women, and also assist with the internship program. I am also a volunteer website manager for a non-profit organization.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

God's plan for His children includes the opportunity to have eternal family relationships. This doctrine to me is wonderful and impacts our family tremendously. Knowing that we are working toward eternity affects our commitment to each other and gives us peace and hope. I also believe family is important because I have found through my experience that it's in family life where I learn and grow the most...where I can learn and practice and develop love, patience, kindness, unselfishness, compassion, endurance, repentance, forgiveness, dedication, the need to put first things first.... The list goes on. It's interesting for me to think about how naturally my professional abilities came to me. But many elements of motherhood, on the other hand, have not. Marriage has also revealed many of my character flaws and personal weaknesses. The regular reminder of how important family is in God's eternal plan has both stretched me beyond my natural capabilities, and has also helped me appreciate the Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ as I try to become a better person. So I think family is important not only because family is central to God's plan for His children, but because of how family life can stretch and test us and help us learn and grow and lean on God and His Son -- and try to be more like Them. Show more Show less