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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. I attended BYU. I am a wife and mother who loves spending time with her family.

About Me

I grew up in Chicago Illinois. I attended city public schools and other than my own brother, was the only member of the church in my schools. In some ways it made me stand out and gave me many opportuinties to share my beliefs with others. After attending 2 years at a local college, I decided to transfer to BYU. I met my husband on my first day there. We became friends, began dating and were married a year later. We have now been married for 18 years have 5 beautiful children, 2 daughters ages 13 and 15 and 3 sons ages 7, 9, and 11. We love having a large family and all the excitement it brings to our lives. I cannot say it is always easy, but I wouldn't change a thing. I love to craft and to cook and have turned both of these passions into multiple business that I am successfully building. I love making hair flowers and sewing. I design t-shirts for an online shop, and together with a friend have a retail store here in town selling craft items made by us and other local crafters. I love sharing my crafts with others, and helping other crafters like myself to share theirs too. I have expanded my love for cooking to help other busy moms like myself to prepare frozen meals for their families. I love digital photography and digital scrapbooking.

Why I am a Mormon

Even growing up in the church, I found that I needed to find my own testimony of the gospel in order for it to be an important part of my life. When I was very young, my mother had a baby that lived a short time. I never had the chance to meet her, however all of my life I have found consolation in the fact that our Family is Forever. I knew from a very young age that one day I would have the chance to meet my sister and know her. This knowledge had a big part in shaping my life and testimony into what it is today. As I grew older and learned more gospel principles, I found that I could always know for myself if the things I was learning were true. I knew that any time I had a question or concern, I could go to my Father in Heaven in prayer and that He would always answer me. I knew that I was a daughter of God and that He loved me. As I have transformed in life from a young girl, to a teenager, to a wife and mother, I have found that it is truly important for me to have a solid foundation built upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is this solid foundation that keeps me grounded. It is my faith in a loving Savior Jesus Christ and a loving Heavenly Father that helps me overcome trials and dificulties in life. It is the firm knowledge of forever families that has strengthened me through grieving over the passing of my mother at a young age. It is the knowledge that my role as a wife and mother is one of the most important things I can do with my life that helps me through those crazy, busy, hard days which seem to come all too frequently with a large family. I know that my savior lives and that he loves me. I know that he suffered all so that I can return and live with Him and my family for eternity. I know that the Bible is the word of God and that the Book of Mormon is also the word of God. I know that we have prophets on the earth today just like in the days of the Bible who preach to us the word of God as it pertains to life in todays' world.

How I live my faith

Throughout my years in the church I have held many callings in the wards I have lived in. Our church is run on an all volunteer basis. So we are "called" to serve in a certain capacity for a time and these callings change frequently. I have worked in the nursery teaching and playing with the children ages 18 months to 3 years. I have worked in the primary teaching Sunday School to the children ages 3-12. I have worked with the Young Women ages 12-18 helping then to gain their own testimonies, and to know that they are daughters of God as well as to help them gain life skills necessary for living in the adult world. Currently, I am very involved with the women's organization in our church. It is called the Relief Society. The purpose of the Relief Society is to help and support people in our church and in our community. We organize activites to teach the ladies in our church and to help them to grow spiritually as well as to help them meet their physical needs. We study the scriptures and gospel principles in our Sunday Meetings. We also help to coordinate service opportunities both in our church and in our community.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Michelle
I have been asked this question several times throughout the years. Honestly. Mormon women are like many other women in the world. We have a firm belief in the importance of nurturing our children, therefore many of us tend to be stay at home moms which may be the part that doesn't seem normal. We are encouraged when possible to be home with our chiuldren because it is true that no one will love our children the way we do. We feel it is our sacred role and responsilbility to raise our children. I was once asked how I could be a woman in the Mormon church since I had no say when it came to decisions regarding my home or family. I was taken aback and really quite shocked because I have never felt any less than equal to my husband when it comes to our relationship, home and family. We are equal partners in marriage and in the rearing of our children and though our roles may be different; he primarily responsible for providing for us and me primarily responsible for nurturing, it is this team effort that makes everything work so well. I love and respect my husband and he treats me with love and respect in return. He does not look down on me, he does not enslave me, he does not tell me what I can and cannot do. We talk about all things concerning our family and make all decisions together. This is what marriage and family life should be and this is what our church teaches regarding marriage and families. Show more Show less