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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm an e-learning specialist, an artist, a writer, an independent and adventurous single woman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A San Francisco Bay Area native, I attended graduate school in Utah, where I studied to become an e-learning specialist. After working as an independent contractor, I found myself, in 2009, like so many others, out of work. After much prayer and struggle, I was offered a position in Virginia as part of long-term training contract with the United States Coast Guard. While I knew this to be the answer to my prayers, it was terrifying—I would be a single woman so far from everyone and everything I knew. Still, I took that leap of faith and thanks to local fellow Mormons, coworkers, and most especially the Lord, I found that I had everything I needed to thrive. Recently, I returned to the Bay Area, but I am thankful for the adventure and the lessons I have learned on the East Coast. As for what I do (besides be Mormon, design e-learning, and move far, far away), I draw (I'm about to open my own online shop, selling clipart and hand-drawn art!), write creatively, do family history research, read, and travel occasionally.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up Mormon, I consciously chose to be and remain a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a teen, I read in the Book of Mormon that I could “ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you.” Deciding that I wanted to know for myself, I prayed and asked. I felt a strong, sure feeling of peace and certainty and I knew that what my parents had taught me about the Gospel was good and true. In the years since then, I’ve continued to ponder, study, and pray about this church and its teachings and it continues to make sense to me, both to my heart, mind, and spirit. It affects who I am and who I strive to be, animates my life, and gives it meaning. I invite you to do the same—ask God sincerely and faithfully whether these things are true.

How I live my faith

While I’m in no way perfect, I do my best to incorporate the teachings of Jesus Christ into my life. First, I attend Church meetings every Sunday and go the temple at least monthly, so I can be taught and nourished spiritually. This is important since the world can often be a troubling and confusing place and taking this time out of my regular schedule gives me hope, perspective, and inspiration. Second, I fulfill a calling. Since we do not have a paid clergy, we each do our part through callings, or volunteer positions. I have been teaching the 3 (going on 4)-year-olds every Sunday. Past callings have been as a youth leader, a girls' camp leader, a teacher of young adults preparing to enter the temple for the first time, teacher for a local LDS women’s organization, a leader responsible for a group of teenage girls, a head of a committee that planned weekly activities for singles, a family history instructor, and more. These callings have taught me get out my shell (I’m a bit shy) and serve others, love those I serve, and find joy in simple things, and have allowed me to develop skills as a teacher and leader. Finally, I live my faith daily. I try to be civil to all those I meet, no matter our differences. I believe that all men and women are children of God—my brothers and sisters—and should be treated with dignity and respect. And by doing so, I am following the Gospel of Jesus Christ—He not only taught kindness but showed it through His deeds. But I also stand firm by my values, keeping the laws and commandments of God as found in the scriptures. When others have asked me to do something contrary to these laws, I have said no—though I do it as respectfully as I can. I’ve found that most people respect a person of integrity even when they don’t understand why that person believes as they do. But even if another cannot respect that, being true to God is more important to me than any worldly opinion.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Being human, none of us are perfect. We each make mistakes. When we sin, we essentially separate ourselves from God, who is perfectly just. However, He understood that we would be prone to do this, so in His wisdom and mercy, He provided a way for us to return to Him. He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who willingly suffered for our sins in our place in Gethesmane and on Calvary. When we sincerely repent of our sins (which involves confessing to God, those we have hurt, and if the sin is serious, priesthood leaders and asking for forgiveness, repairing damage if possible, and striving to forsake the sin and live God's commandments more fully), this sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us allows us to be forgiven, be reconciled to God, adn continue progressing as He would have us progress. Show more Show less