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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in Utah and served a mission in Paris, France. I'm finishing school to be a speech therapist!

About Me

I love people and I love life! I am 25 years old, single, and I graduated from Brigham Young University in December 2011; I plan to graduate with my master's degree in speech pathology in the summer of 2014. I love traveling--New York, France, Florida, California, anywhere really. I speak French and someday hope to learn Chinese! I ran my first marathon in October 2011 and look forward to running more eventually but half-marathons are my favorite races for the time being. I love good books, good movies, good music, and good chocolate. I play the piano and I hope my future home has a big library and a grand piano! I'm not a cook but I can bake treats so I'll be ok. I served a mission for the church in France, and am grateful I was able to go back to Paris for 6 months to be a nanny! I love kids and I love spending time with family and friends, laughing and playing and just being together.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because God answers prayers. I was raised in the church and grew up hearing my parents' testimonies and attending church with my family. There wasn't one moment where I had a huge experience and from then on I knew the church was true, I found my testimony over time and through many small experiences. One of my first memories of knowing the church was true was when one of my best friends died when I was young. I remember it was raining the day he was buried and it made me feel like God was crying with me. I was so sad but as I prayed I knew that I would see him again. Since then I have lost several family members and each time my testimony grows that I will be with them all again. I remember the first time I read the Book of Mormon to find out for myself if it was true; when I finished I felt the Spirit as I prayed to know if it was true. One night in high school I prayed to know if God loved me and knew me individually; I wasn't struggling or worried about it necessarily but one night I did it because I hadn't before. The response to that prayer was so strong--I will never forget that night. I also remember the first time I recognized the feeling that I was forgiven; as a child I never understood how being forgiven could feel like "having a weight taken off your shoulders" but I will always remember the first time I experienced that. As a missionary my testimony grew a lot as I taught people about the church and my beliefs and the Spirit was present to help us answer their questions and to answer their prayers. I have prayed many times over the years for help with different situations and I know that God is always there to answer my prayer and give me help. Answers do not always come in the time frame or in the way I want or expect but answers always come! I know Jesus is my Savior, Joseph Smith is a prophet, the Book of Mormon is true, God still talks to men today, and I am a daughter of God because God has answered my prayers since I was a child.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be kind to everyone I meet and sharing my joy for life with those around me. I pray everyday and try to read my scriptures everyday to help me come closer to God and share His love with those around me. Right now in the church I am in charge of choosing what songs the women in my ward sing on Sundays and I love the opportunity to help bring the Spirit to our meetings through music. Over the years I have also enjoyed volunteering to be a leader at youth camps--I love spending time with youth because they inspire me and make me want to be better! I have also enjoyed visiting sisters each month and getting to know them and trying to help encourage them and strengthen them in their lives. I learn a lot and grow a lot by interacting with people in my callings at church and as I try to better apply and live the gospel in my everyday life.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Michelle
By studying his teachings and his life and pondering and praying to know what is true! When we seek him our faith increases because we realize just how much he cares and how much he wants to help us and show us his love. Therefore, trials also increase our faith if we let them. Also by studying the Atonement and understanding a tiny portion of what he did for us. I feel like Jesus Christ is one of my best friends--he knows a lot about me, he is a great listener, and the more I get to know him the better a person I want to be! Faith increases and decreases in increments; every choice we make, every thing we do either increases our faith or decreases our faith. It's not always easy but the more we look for our Savior the more we will recognize his hand in our lives! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Michelle
We believe that families can be together forever--it wouldn't be heaven if I didn't get to be with my family! It is not always going to be easy to ensure our families end up together because we each have our agency to make choices; we all have to use our agency to choose the right and be obedient to God's commandments but we can be together forever! I cannot imagine what it would feel like to attend funerals for my family members and not know that I will see them again. I take so much comfort in our beliefs about the family. I truly believe that there is a reason we live in families here in this mortal life and there is a way to continue those relationships beyond this life. I also look forward to meeting family members I didn't know--one of my grandma's died when I was 6 months old and I've heard so many stories about her! I can't wait to meet her someday! Show more Show less

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

Michelle
We're normal! :) We play sports, read books, watch movies, spend time on the computer, listen to and play music, love our families, travel, and sometimes hold jobs outside the home. Men and women are 100% equal in our church and I am so grateful to be in a church where that is true! We believe that men do more of the providing, protecting, and presiding in the home and women do more of the nurturing but neither is possible without the other. Both are necessary and both have to help with everything in the house to create the most loving, safe, and healthy environment for the children they raise. I love watching couples work together, supporting each other in their family and individual pursuits! I am grateful to have been raised in a family where my parents loved and supported each other and each of my siblings and me. I believe with all of my heart that the greatest joys in life come from unity in the family and that starts with parents who help one another in all they do. Show more Show less