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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm an operatic soprano. I'm a mom. I'm a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a striking 4'11 twentysomething with enormous potential. I'm currently attending college for Business/Marketing. I love helping people and letting them know that someone really does care. I am a brand new mom to a beautiful little girl. I love music. I play the piano, sing opera as a soprano, and am currently teaching myself to play the guitar. I love the outdoors and running. If I could live someplace where it would be springtime all year, I'd be one happy girl.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member my entire life. For a long time, I rode on the coattails of my parent's testimonies. It wasn't until I was 14 did I gain my own. So, I suppose I will tell you why I'm STILL a member. All through my high school years I was plagued with serious depression. I felt as if I was drowning in my own darkness. I felt useless, and unworthy of any love. I had given up on everything. The summer after my freshman year of high school, I attended a week long LDS youth camp known as Especially For Youth or EFY. I had never been so wrong about myself in my entire life. I learned how much the Lord loved me, and how much it pained Him to know how little I thought of myself. I learned that the Lord doesn't make mistakes, and since He made me, I must have some purpose here on this earth. Satan was pulling me down so hard and so frequently. But why? Searching my scriptures, I found my answer. "It seems as though the adversary was aware, at a very early period of my life, that I was destined to prove a disturber and an annoyer of his Kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me? Why the opposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy?" (Joseph Smith History 1:20) Satan is one of the most powerful tools the Lord has in directing our paths. The harder he works on bringing you down, the more sure you can be that you have divine worth, and that you are important in God's kingdom.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by simply living my life in harmony with Gospel principles. Daily, I find ways to participate in random acts of kindness. I love spreading joy to others. I read my scriptures and sing hymns when I am distressed. I don't use lullabys to put my daughter to sleep. I sing her "Abide With Me" instead.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is the story of those who lived in the America's before, during, and after His visits to this continent. There are many books within, written by the posterity of Lehi, passed down from generation to generation. Mormon himself did not write the Book in its entirety. He simply abridged and compiled it. Show more Show less

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

Think, for a moment, of the root of the word "Savior." Save, right? Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself and provided us all a way that we can return to our Father in Heaven should we choose to follow that path. He, in essence, saved us from ourselves. Inside of each of us is a spirit. That spirit longs to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Our bodies, however, were designed to self destruct. They were designed to lust, envy, steal, lie, be idle... all of those "deadly sins." How can our spirits stand a chance with our time bomb of a body holding us back? Heavenly Father knew we would sin. He gave us something called agency to test us throughout this life. However, we MUST be accountable for our sins. The Lord requires justice. Jesus Christ provided, through The Atonement, a way for there to be justice and also mercy. He already paid the price for our sins. Without Him, we would each have had to bear the burden of Gethsemane. So, why do we need a Savior? We need a Savior because, alone, we would fail. The Lord knew that, and He was merciful enough to send His Son to die so that we could return to Him. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

In reality, it's just a nickname because of the Book of Mormon. Our true name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision is a truly amazing story. At 14 years of age, Joseph Smith was confused because of the many religious sects that were declaring that they alone had the truth. While reading the Bible, a particular scripture, James 1:5, stood out to him. "If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God; who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." Understanding what he must do, the young Joseph went out into the woods to pour out his heart to the Father. He simply wanted to know which sect to join. What occurred thereafter was nothing short of a miracle. God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared unto him and told him that he was to join none of them, because none of the churches had The Gospel in its fullness. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

What goes on inside the temples is not a secret. It is, however, very sacred. Those of us that have been through the temple (ie: receiving our endowments) are encouraged to keep those things private because they are so beautiful and personal. As far as who can enter the temple, that is also quite sacred. We believe that the temple is the House of the Lord here on the earth. I don't know about you, but I know that if I were at all unworthy to enter into His house, I would gain nothing from those beautiful experiences I discussed previously. The temple is a privilege. It is a place where special ordinances are performed, and only those who have kept themselves clean and pure may enter and participate. Show more Show less