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Hi I'm Michelle

I love people. I've never met a stranger. Life is an adventure and I want to enjoy every minute of it. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I founded and operate a non-profit child care center. I love to serve and share with families and children. I'm married to the love of my life and have three grown children. We have 14 grandchildren.We enjoy laughing and playing with them. They range from three years up to thirteen years old. We do Scouting projects, read stories, cook together, enjoy playing "Iron Chef"contests, going to play lazer tag and going to children's movies. I enjoy reading all kinds of books, box gardening and tracing family history for myself and others. I love people and have never met a stranger.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I know that it is true doctrine of Jesus and our Heavenly Father. My mother was a member of the church but somewhat inactive. My father was not a member. He allowed my older siblings to become members but told me that I could not join any church until I found what I knew to be true and could live it. He took me to every church in town. He would drop me off to go with friends or alone. He never went with me. However, I'm sure that he influenced my questions to pastors and ministers of other denominations. None could answer my questions about the purpose of life such as, "Who am I?, Where do we go when we die? and Why are we here? And how could Jesus and God be the same person? " I found my answers from the Mormons. I knew that this is what I wanted and would do. To my great joy my father was baptized nine months later. I am a very happy person. I knew as a child that this was true. I've always enjoyed learning and serving in church and in our community.

How I live my faith

I enjoy teaching the children in the church. I am so amazed at their intelligence. I really enjoy their honesty and their view of life. I have taught the children that they truly are children of God who loves them for 37 years. Its all been fun, refreshing and such joy. Every child is very important to our Heavenly Father. Every person that ever lived is a child of God who loves and personally knows us. I also love tracing my family history and helping others do the same. I've learned so much about history, cultures, government, different customs and so forth as well as learning that "families really can be together forever." I love to visit and care for other families and other ladies in the church. We call it visiting teaching. We all visit two or three other women every month. We help out if there's a new baby in the family, or an eldery or lonely person in the area. I love to have my husband cook a meal for me to take to someone. He has such a passion for cooking that I love to have him cook for me. Living my faith is an everyday opportunity. I love the church because it is my everyday life not just a Sunday thing. I feel secure and happy in such troubled times. It is an opportunity to have friends at church to depend on and to share with. My husband and I enjoy cooking for church parties and gatherings. Once we had to cook 55 turkeys on a large grill for a youth gathering. It was a sight to see and a meal to never be forgotten.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Michelle
 I have increased my faith in Jesus Christ by learning and reading the scriptures, asking questions and listening for his answers in my life. I do not follow anyone or any person in blind faith. I feel the approval of my Heavenly Father as I question everything. There is truth everywhere but it all takes sorting out to know when something is absolutly true. I listen for the quiet answers that come from God that something is true. Prayer confirms truth for me. Then I can move on to learn more things of importance. It amazes me that everyday concerns and questions can be answered as I study the Bible and the Book of Mormon. These books aren't just from old times they have answers for todays world. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Michelle
I certainly believe that families can be together forever. Husbands and wives can be together forever. I have so much fun with my hubby now I don't want to give that up. I sure want my children and grandchildren with me forever.   Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michelle
Members of the church are encouraged to serve as missionaries of the church. Young men ages 18-25 can now serve. Young women can now go at age 19. Now that the church has lowered the age to 18 for young men and 19 for young women there are vast numbers so anxious to serve that they are literally signing up in droves. I consider it a privilege to serve our Savior Jesus Christ as His representative. We want to share all of the happiness with others that we have felt in being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.My husband and I have just been called to serve in Winnepeg Canada for 6 months. Having such a support system and real answers to life's questions in today's world says alot. As a young woman I served in our hometown as a missionary. Previously my husband and I served in our area. That way we could still raise our children and keep our jobs. It was great to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.We want all people regardless of race, color or circumstance to feel God's love for them. We want to tell others that God himself personally knows and loves every indidvidual. We want them to know that all people are children of God. He is our father. There just couldn't be anything better to know and feel than His love. We want to share God's truth. Maybe we will even go again in the future. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Michelle
Much of what we do to celebrate holidays and customs are like any other people in the same area. We celebrate Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, and all the other American holidays like other people. We do most of our "fun celebrating" with our families. At church we have discussions regarding the purpose of whatever the holiday may be. We have family oriented Christmas parties and dinners at church. We have a sunrise service for Easter and so on. We have a New Years Dance for families. Sometimes families may celebrate holidays like their native countries or as their ancestors may have. We do have one unusual holiday. We celebrate Pioneer Day in honor of the Mormon Pioneers that crossed the United States in the mid 1800's. We have a parade with floats and costumes. The teenagers go on the Pioneer Trek where they pretend to be pioneers with real handcarts, few groceries and only a bedroll. They say it is so much fun and so informative about what those pioneers really endured. As for how we dress for church depends on the activity. For Sunday worship women and girls tend to wear dresses and men and boys wear white shirts and ties with slacks. We wear what we feel is our very best so we tend to behave our best; as we come to worship our Heavely Father and Jesus. Visitors are always welcome and accepted as they are. As for other activities we dress according to the activity such as modest swim suits, sports clothing, a costume for a play, etc. Show more Show less