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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in rural Nevada. I'm a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love literature, and studying languages. I am learning Russian and Latin. I want to learn Irish Gaelic. I am a writer. I write poetry, and fiction. My husband and I love watching movies and reviewing them. I love music. I play the harp, the piano, and the guitar. I love to sing. I am an expecting mother. I am a college student studying English.

Why I am a Mormon

It's not enough to say that I am Mormon because I was raised that way. After leaving home, there were so many distractions. The important part is why I CONTINUE to be a Mormon. When I was about 15 years old, I knew that I couldn't be strong in this religion unless I knew why. I felt comfortable in church because I had always been a part of it. But at that point I felt doubt. I wondered if I knew whether there was a God, or whether it was just what I had been taught. I got serious. I was scared. I read the scriptures, read and read them. I tried praying, not the cute, trusting prayers of a child, but the openhearted prayer of someone who REALLY wants an answer. I prayed, asking for confirmation of God's existence. "If you are there, let me know". God answered me. It wasn't anything big and miraculous. It was just a feeling, but a really strong feeling. I can't really explain it better than this I knew. I knew that God was really there. This experience is an anchor for me. Whenever I start to doubt, I remember that moment, and I know that God is there for me. This feeling confirmed to me that this church is true, and that I am where I am supposed to be. The same way that I felt that God was there for me, I know that this is His gospel, and that it's teachings will guide me back to Him. This is the same feeling that I get when I read the scriptures, attend church, or visit a temple. It is the feeling of God's presence, though His Spirit. I know that when I feel that, I am as close to my heavenly home as I can be.

How I live my faith

 I serve in my local ward as a pianist for the ward choir. We practice each Sunday after church, and sing to invite the Lord's Spirit into a meeting. Displaying our talents in church isn't about showing off. It's about revering the Lord by using the gifts that He gave us to glorify Him. He gave us these talents to help us build His kingdom. I love it when music brings tears to someone's eyes. That lets me know that they were touched by the Spirit, and hopefully that moment can help their testimony grow. I also help by visiting people in our ward, to make sure they are doing well. We all try to help each other this way.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Michelle
 Our services are very simple, and reverent. We sing hymns, pray, take the Sacrament, which is the most important part of the meeting, because we are remembering Christ, and renewing our relationship with Him. Then we listen to speakers, who are members of the congregation. They teach us lessons, from the scriptures, or the teachings of the prophets. These talks are great, because they are an opportunity to hear the personal testimony of the speaker. Everyone is welcome. Absolutely! Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Michelle
Modesty and chastity are closely related. How you dress affects how you think of yourself. Dressing to emphasize the body draws attention away from your soul, your personality. It can objectify you, not just to others, but also to yourself. There is more to you than your body, and how others admire it. You are a child of God. You deserve more than to be loved for your outward appearance. Your body is a gift from God, and it deserves to be treated with respect, not used to get attention. I also think modesty is more than just covering up. I think it is HOW you dress, HOW you behave, HOW you speak. It's important to asses the WAY you get attention, and whether or not it hurts others, or yourself. Learning to respect yourself, and others, is a good way to be chaste. A good way to teach this to your children is by example. If you practice what you preach, they will be able to see how important it is to you. Show more Show less