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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in California. I am a wife, mom, and a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and stay-at-home mom. I enjoy writing, teaching, crocheting, watching movies and playing games with my family. I love road trips, especially if it involves Disneyland. I love good food and a good joke. I love spending time with my family, playing games, camping, taking walks and just having fun. I especially studying and writing about Heavenly Father and my purpose in this life.

Why I am a Mormon

 I grew up a Mormon. I was taught by loving parent about my Father in Heaven and His love for me. They taught me about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Atonement. Through their words and their examples I learned about the Gospel Jesus Christ. As I got older I was encouraged to not just believe what they say, but to seek my own personal testimony. After a lot of thinking, pondering and prayer, I came to know for myself that what I had been taught since my infancy was indeed true. I am a Mormon because I believe it's true. I have a strong relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have a testimony of my Savior. I know where I came from. I know where I am going. And I know why I am here. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

 One of the many things I love about living the Mormon faith is the emphasis on service. On Sundays I teach the 5 and 6 year olds. It is wonderful to see the gospel in its simplest form, and the budding testimonies and faith of little children. Once a month I get to visit with a handful of sisters that I care for, and I am visited as well. There is a sense of sisterhood among the women in the church that I cherish. My family is also visited once a month by two brothers in the church, who come and see to our needs and share a spiritual message. My faith, what I believe, defines who I am. I live my faith by living a life in accordance with the principles I hold dear. Virtue, honesty, love, courage, faith, prayer, family, joy, accountability, self-discipline, hard work, integrity, growth and service. In my imperfect ways, I try to be like my Savior in how I treat my family, my friends, and every person I meet. And when I make mistakes - which happen often- I live my faith by going to my Heavenly Father and making my wrong choices right through repentance.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Michelle
 The Mormon church is arranged by geographical boundaries. A ward is another name for a congregation. A ward is created by geographical boundaries. All who live within those boundaries attend the same worship service together each week. This enables each member of the church to grow closer as a ward family. It also allows consistency in service. Each ward has a Bishop, who serves as the head of the ward. Members of the church receive "callings," volunteer positions within the ward, such as teaching children, youth, adult classes and so on. Because a every member within those geographical boundaries attends the same ward, it allows members to grow closer through love and service each week. A branch is a type of congregation found in rural areas, where the geographical boundaries are far apart. A stake is a collection of wards. The stake is organized to bring consistency and leadership to the wards. The Stake is run by a Stake President, assisted by two Counselors. All callings in the stakes and wards are unpaid and voluntary, including the Stake Presidents and Bishops. Show more Show less