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Hi I'm Michelle

I love knowing where I came from, why I am on this earth, and where I am going after this life!

About Me

I'm happily married & we have 2 daughters & 2 dogs. I work from home as a medical transcriptionist currently. I started college again in August 2010 to pursue my dream of teaching Spanish and History in high school. I enjoy photography, computers, singing, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was just 3 months old. Therefore, I grew up with the teachings of the LDS Church. However, there was a time in my life when I had to decide whether it was right for me or not and not lean on my mom's beliefs. I LOVE everything that the gospel teaches. I LOVE knowing where I came from, why I'm here on this earth, and where I'm going after this life. I love the spirit I feel when signing hymns and when attending meetings and going to the temples. My mom died in 2005 & I love knowing that I will see her again someday. I don't just believe that I will, but I KNOW I will.

How I live my faith

For me, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not just a "Sunday thing." It influences my life each day and is part of my life always. Things such as a weekly family night, daily prayers, and daily scripture study are a part of our family life. As far as church service on Sundays, I currently conduct the hymns for one of the adult Sunday School classes & I also hand out the attendance rolls for the youth and adult Sunday School classes.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

We live much like anyone else. However, our religion is not just something we do on Sundays. It is a part of our lives and defines who we are. We do not smoke or drink alcohol or swear. We do not watch R-rated movies. We dress modestly. We say family prayers and read scriptures daily. Besides those things, we are just like most of the world. We have jobs and/or are homemakers. Our children go to school. We drive normal cars. We spend time with family and friends just like others. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is basically the congregation that we attend Sunday meetings with. Wards are arranged much like school districts - they are based on where you live. A stake consists of 10 or so wards/branches usually. We often have activities with the stake to meet other members of the Church who are not in our ward and to fellowship with them. A branch is just a smaller ward. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Everything around me testifies to me that there is a God. Everything in nature. Things that have happened in my life that I know were guided by someone greater than myself who knew what needed to be done or where I needed to be at a particular time in my life. My children are a constant reminder that there is a God. Animals, trees, flowers, clouds, rain, the sun and moon and stars - again, pretty much everything around me tells me there is a God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We believe we lived as spirits before this earthly life. We wanted to become like our Heavenly Father. He had a body of flesh and bones, not just a spirit. In order to obtain a body, we had to come to earth. We are here to be tested and prove ourselves worthy to live with Him again. Because of Christ's sacrifice, we will all be resurrected someday, but it depends on our actions and worthiness as far as whether or not we will be able to live with Him again someday. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. The true name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Christ is the center of the church. The church became better known as "Mormon" or "LDS" because of The Book of Mormon and also in a way to shorten the name and make it easier to converse about to other people. Show more Show less