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Hi I'm Machelle

I'm a wife, mother, teacher, blogger. And I'm Mormon.

About Me

I'm a certified Teacher of the Deaf and work in a communication needs Pre-K classroom. I was born into the church and have used it as a guide throughout my life. I recently became a mother and got my full-time teaching job all at the same time! It's been hard to keep everything balanced, but with the support of my family, along with the love from my Father and Savior, I have the faith and hope to be a working mother. I met the love of my life and best friend at a church event and we were sealed in the temple for time and all eternity. We recently started a family of our own with a little boy born July 2014. I am entering my second year of serving as the 14-15 year old Youth Sunday School teacher. It's been a bit of a transition from working with infants and toddlers throughout the week to working with teenagers, but it's a journey I'm loving! No one is perfect, and the youth I teach have helped me to realize my flaws and work towards perfecting them, and becoming more "Christ-like".

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church but I've slowly learned what it means to me personally. It's always been a running joke that we, as children, hang onto the coat tails of our parents testimonies. I was no different. Until my mother become excommunicated. I was a teenager living in a single parents home who didn't even believe what I did anymore. I quit going to church for about a year and a half and during that time I hated my life, everything about it. My grandparents agreed to take me back and I quickly saw how greatly my life was altered. I've grown up with the teachings and had taken them for granted, until I was tested. Now that I'm older, I was able to be sealed in the temple and know with a surety of the blessings that we receive. I know that I will be able to keep my family with me throughout all time and eternity. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He died for ME! He went through agonizing pain just so that the things I must endure will be a little easier. So that one day I can take my family and we can all return to live with Him and our amazingly loving Father in Heaven. I know that we have a latter-day prophet on the earth today and I love to hear him speak. I know that he received divine direction from God for me and you. Direction that can help to shape our lives and give us help in overcoming trials and tribulations. I know my Savior lives, and loves each of us.

How I live my faith

Growing up in a small town, I was always known as the "Cash's granddaughter" and was expected to have a testimony of gold. As soon as I declared I wanted to become a teacher, I was always asked to help out in Primary, though an official calling was never extended. Until I moved to college. Two weeks after I got to school, I was called as the Deaf Primary teacher. I was in that position until I got married and moved into a different ward. Then I was called as the CTR 4 teacher (I had 10 4-year-olds running around each week!) Now, my husband and I have moved yet again but my calling came as a surprise. I am the 14-15 year old Youth Sunday School teacher. I don't always know how to teach the youth -I tend to like object lessons and cute handouts- but they know how to teach me! Every week my testimony is strengthened by these strong young women! They don't realize how strong their testimony is. Throughout all of the different callings I've held, I've continually worked hard at building my own personal testimony and living my life as an example to those around me: my infant son, the youth that I teach, my students, my coworkers. I live every day with a prayer in my heart and can testify of God's hand in my life because of it!

Are Mormons Christians?

Machelle
In the simplest way, yes. Mormons are Christians. After all, the official name of our church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe Christ was our Savior, that he died of our sins, we pray in His name and believe He is the center of our church, our religion, and our lives. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Machelle
I'm sorry, but my first response is "that's a silly question." Do Methodists only help Methodists? Do Baptists only help Baptists? The obvious answer is "NO!" We help every person in need. We have set up assistance, welfare and aid all around the world, not only in the United States. We have our missionaries serve all over the world and help those in need in whatever means necessary. One thing that we cherish within our church is the willingness to help. We are a very close-knit group that knows the other members in the congregation well. If you were to attend church at any given location, you would find that we treat each other as family. While many of our funds or service projects go towards mowing a member's yard, helping someone move or even caring for someone who has recently been hospitalized, I would hope that these acts of service are noted everywhere and not just within our church. In 2004 my family was affected by a stream of Hurricanes. We had church members from around the state go to different towns helping every house in need. Weeks later after things settled down, our church received countless "thank you's" and letters of appreciation from all of the members of the different towns. There is just ONE instance in which I've been involved in. My freshman year of high school we helped with Habitat for Humanity. Afterwards, I realized I had just helped build the house of a close friend, someone who is not Mormon but greatly appreciated the help. Show more Show less