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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a Southerner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a suburban mom of 4 small kids. I relax by tutoring kids in high school math and crocheting. I'm might be a a big nerd, but I'm pretty sure I'm in denial. I love chocolate with graham crackers. I silently cheer when my husband wants to order take-out after the kids go to bed. (Dude, "silently" because the kids are asleep!) I'm in a race with him to lose 5 lbs; the loser has to clean the bathrooms. My youngest child has a lot of medical problems. He has had five corrective surgeries so far and there will definately be more. He's only 2. He is a rock. He is so strong. It seems like he's understood about his condition from the beginning and is ok with it. He really is amazing. My other kids love him like crazy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, but that isn't enough to keep you Mormon. Being a Mormon is hard to do; it's really hard. I'm the type of person who always looks for the easy way out. So, what keeps me Mormon? Why am I still Mormon? I remember being in college and reading in the Book of Mormon. I remember being very angry and very sad and crying when the Nephites fell away from the gospel after Christ had visited them in the Americas. I knew these people were real. And I mourned them. I felt the Holy Spirit comfort me, and I understood a little of what God must feel. The Spirit spoke to me saying that this was THEIR CHOICE, though, and then the question came: "What would MY choice be?" I knew it was true. And I would not fall away. I would not be mourned. While I am far from perfect and seem to take two steps forward and one step back as I make my way, I know I am headed in the right direction. I am still Mormon because, simple stated, I know it's true. I know it. ME. So... big deal if it's hard. Building the ark was hard. Being a slave and then wandering in the wilderness for 40 years was hard. Being persecuted for Christianity's sake was hard. Why should my lot be easy? I am just lucky that when life seems too hard, I can fall back onto the basic habits my parents gave me until I can get back up on my own. I'm a Mormon because I want to be one. And I will always be one.

How I live my faith

I go to church and teach the 9 and 10 -year olds the New Testament. I get together with other people nearby to swap "mommy stories." I teach my children to choose the right.