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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a wife, stay at home mom, and piano teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a farm girl who got my BS in Landscape Horticulture, married an Agronomy major, and is now the stay at home mom to three beautiful children, a boy and two girls. We (well, my husband--but I'm taking credit too!) just graduated after 7 years in grad school at Purdue, and now are on to our first real job, at NDSU. It was a big move, but we are excited to put down some roots here. I'm trying to enjoy each moment with my young children (though sometimes I wish for a "pause" button to push so I could take an extra nap without missing any of their growing up!) and so happy to be living my dream of having kids and being lucky enough to stay home with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and I don't know where I would be without it today! The gospel of Jesus Christ brings me so much peace and gives me so much direction in my life. Having an eternal perspective and understanding God's great Plan of Happiness (http://mormon.org/plan-of-happiness) helps me get through hard times and appreciate the joy along the way.

How I live my faith

Right now, I think the most important thing I do to live my faith is being an example to and teaching my children about Jesus Christ and his teachings. It is so rewarding to hear my little boy break out into song ""I am a child of God, and He has sent me here..." or excitedly point out a picture of Jesus. On Sundays, I play the organ for congregational hymns in the main meeting (Sacrament meeting). I love music and I feel the Spirit as I play the hymns. I really believe the hymns themselves are a sermon and can bring us closer to God as we listen and sing them. Another girl and I also visit two women every month to make sure they are doing okay, and just to be a friend to them. I in turn have women that visit me--it's called visiting teaching, and it's a loving circle so everyone is taken care of!

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

I asked that question to my parents myself, and my mom always told me "It's sacred, not secret." Now that I've been to the temple, I agree. Show more Show less