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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in the western United States, and I love to be outside with God's incredible creations.

About Me

I spent several years in college learning to be a geologist and ended up becoming an attorney instead. My favorite things to do for fun include camping, hiking, bicycling, gardening, and playing with my nieces and nephews.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but struggled with my participation in the church in my late teens and early twenties. I came back because I realized that my life lacked an important element of inner peace, and I knew where I could find the kind of peace I sought. As I returned, I discovered how deeply personal and all-encompassing the power of Jesus Christ's Atonement is in my life. He has the infinite power to heal my wounds, no matter how deep, and to take away the burden of my mistakes and sins, no matter how heavy. I can be whole and become a better person day after day because of my Savior Jesus Christ. I understand more fully what Peter said when Christ asked the Twelve Apostles if they would stop following Him like many of the other disciples had: "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life."

How I live my faith

I enjoy reading from the Bible and the Book of Mormon to learn more about God and His relationship with His children (especially with me!) Part of living my faith includes sharing the gifts and blessings God has given me to help lift others. There is something very satisfying about giving of yourself, whether it's listening sincerely or providing assistance with physical exertion or just letting someone know that you care. I love working with the young childen and single adults in my church.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

In some ways, Mormon women are like any other women. We have a variety of hopes and dreams, different gifts and strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes our tender feelings get hurt, and sometimes we stand up and fight for our loved ones and for our beliefs. We are ordinary in many ways, but because of our testimonies of Jesus Christ and our understanding of His teachings, we realize that we have a divine potential to become like Him, to overcome our faults and weaknesses a little at a time, and become our best selves. I think Mormons struggle like anyone else to understand what it really means to be "equal." No two people are the same. No two people have the same abilities or aspirations, and while no one wants to be treated as a "lesser" human being, I don't think we all wanted to be treated exactly the same, either. We believe that God loves His daughters and sons equally as much. We also believe that God blessed us with different strengths and gave us different responsibilities where we could develop those strengths.That doesn't necessarily make us unequal, but it does provide a unique opportunity to be satisfyingly compatible. Show more Show less

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

I spent several years as a scientist learning about the earth and how it was formed over the course of several billion years. I learned about evolution and minute adaptations from one generation to the next over millennia. I don't know the answers to HOW God did all the things that He did, but I am in awe of WHY He did all of that hard work to create a home for us to live on while we learn to become like Him. He did it for us, because He loves us. I believe that all things tell me that there is a God, from the vast sprinkling of stars in the heavens to the perfectly formed crystals in an intrusive igneous rock. There is order and beauty in the way that our bodies are formed and the complex interrelationships of a coral reef. But most of all, I know God lives because I can feel peace in my heart when I pray, and I know that He hears the tender pleas of my heart. He answers my prayers, no matter how great or how small my needs are. I have felt wrapped in the warmth of His love for me, and I know I am His child. Show more Show less