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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a mom. I'm a writer. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach 8th grade to a bunch of rowdy but wonderful teenagers. I play with my three children out on our trampoline. I date my shy but funny husband every Friday night. I write short stories and novels in my spare time and make a little money doing it. I believe in water fights and sparring in my Taekwondo class. I love life and I love my family. Most of all, I love my Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I love Jesus Christ with all my heart, and I've never found a place where I could learn more about Him and what He has done for me more thoroughly than in the LDS Church. I learn of Him through reading the Bible and Book of Mormon and through watching members of my church try their best to live Christlike lives. I learn of him in the temple, where I've felt the most peace I've felt anywhere on earth, except in quiet times with my family. I believe that families are an essential part of God's plan for mankind, and I've never found another church that teaches that families continue on after this life. It only makes sense that what God has us spend most of our time doing on this earth--loving our families--continues on. Why else would so much of his teaching center around building those family relationships between husband and wife, parents and children? For these reasons and many others, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm a teacher. I teach an adult Sunday School class centered on the scriptures--this year, the New Testament. I teach 8th grade at a charter school with an emphasis on character education, which gives me a chance to teach teenagers how to think and how to make a difference in the world. As a class, we do a lot of service projects, like organizing goods for the homeless shelter and working with a Kindergarten class. I teach my children all kinds of useful things, most important being how to make a good chocolate chip cookie, which we deliver to neighbors and friends if we can manage not to eat them all. I teach people to write, both as a member of a critique group of working writers and as a mentor for community members writing papers for school or publication. My faith allows me to learn to become a master teacher, following in the footsteps of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

My son Nate says this "We don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol because of the Word of Wisdom. If we follow the Word of Wisdom, we can live a good life, we can be healthy, we probably won't get very many severe diseases, and we won't get addicted to anything."  I think that we should steer clear of anything that makes us slaves, and addiction of any kind is slavery. The only thing/person I want to NEED is my Savior Jesus Christ, not something in a cup. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

 Read the Book of Mormon and then pray about it. Most of my family is not LDS, and I had a sister in college who read the Book of Mormon with her evangelical Christian group. They read it to try to find mistakes in it. I thought it was ironic, because if you read any book with an eye to its faults, you'll find what you're looking for. I can think of several apparent contradictions within the Bible, but when I read the Bible I know that the stories are written by people and as such have some of the imperfections of people. That doesn't make the Bible wrong. It just means that it's a record of the hand of God in imperfect people's lives, and those imperfect people may not record things perfectly. If you instead read the Book of Mormon trying to understand if it's the word of God, that understanding will come.  Show more Show less