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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in Alaska. I run and rock climb. I am a physical therapist. I am a wife and a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for 17 years. We have 4 amazing children: 3 boys and a girl. I am a licensed physical therapist, but right now I stay at home taking care of my children. I love to run, play sports, camp, rock climb, and have outdoor adventures with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family where both my parents were raised as Mormons, but my dad didn't really go to church. My mom was always a great example to me, though. She really relied on her faith, and I knew early on that she had a personal relationship with God. Her faith was a great strength to me in many of the struggles I went through when I was young. As I got older, though, I had to make my own decisions about what I believed. I have read the Book of Mormon. I have prayed. I have tried to live the kind of life that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would want me to. And I have had my own experiences with faith. I now know for myself that I have a Heavenly Father who not only knows who I am, but who knows me personally. More importantly, I know that He loves me. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, is my personal Savior, and that He is the Savior of everyone and anyone who will believe in Him. Being a member of His church helps me to become a better person, to have compassion and serve others, to look beyond myself and beyond this life to what is really important. When I follow His gospel, I am not afraid of what life may bring. I know that life doesn't end when we die. I know that families can be together forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be like Jesus, by trying to show love and kindness to those around me. I try to follow His teachings and commandments. At church, I work with a group of Cub Scouts for which our congregation is the charter organization. I love teaching these boys about God, our great country, and ways that they can serve those around them. I also believe that charity and teaching begin at home. I try to set a good example of faith and service for my children, to work in harmony with my husband, and to teach them to care for the world around them and other people.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

A huge part of being a member of this church is serving and helping those around us, Mormon and non-Mormon alike. We know that we are all God's children, and that He loves each one of us and wants us to love each other. One of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon teaches that "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." Show more Show less