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Hi I'm Michele Calderon

I am a wife and a mom. I teach group exercise classes. I'm a graduate student studying social sciences. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four great kids. I love to meet and learn about people and their cultures. I enjoy exercising.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was six years old my parents were baptized after two missionaries knocked on their door. From that point on, I grew up in the church. As a teenager, I went through a period of questioning whether I believed its truth. I had many questions that seemed unanswerable. My experiences led me to search the scriptures and pray fervently. Through that process, I learned that the gospel of Jesus Christ contains the answers to many of my deepest questions. I have come to understand that we can find peace through the Savior's atonement, even if we do not know every answer. Each of us matters to our Heavenly Father. He knows us and loves us individually.

How I live my faith

I teach group exercise classes, and that brings me regular opportunities to talk to people, especially women, about body image. Many of these women judge their worth or beauty by what they see on tv. They value their bodies only if they look like a supermodel. I infuse what I know from my faith into what I talk about with these women. Heavenly Father loves us all equally, no matter what we look like! As we learn to value ourselves as the He does, we live with inner peace and confidence. We do not hold our personal beauty to the standard of a supermodel, and we love the beautiful uniqueness of our bodies.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Michele Calderon
With three daughters, this is a common topic in our house! Both modesty and chastity are related to our relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is common now for women to disregard modesty and to flaunt their sexuality in order to feel valued and important. The gospel teaches that this is not where we derive our value. Rather, we are children of our Heavenly Father, and our value is intrinsic. When we internalize this truth, we will respect our bodies and not use them to get attention from the opposite gender. We teach our children to respect our bodies' ability to procreate. This is a beautiful, sacred power with which we partner with God to create life. The way we dress, speak and behave can show respect and gratitude for this power. We use clean language, avoid inappropriate media and wear modest clothing. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Michele Calderon
I think of it as a simple law of health. Just as professional athletes have nutritionists guiding their diets to maximize their performance, we have the Word of Wisdom guiding us to maximize our health. The Word of Wisdom is simple. Abstain from harmful, addictive substances such as alcohol and tobacco, and eat a variety of healthy foods. I also consider treating my body well part of following the Word of Wisdom. This includes exercise, good sleep, and not overeating. As we obey this law, we are blessed with better health, and with "wisdom and great treasures of knowledge." I have found this to be true in my life. I am grateful for the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less