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Hi I'm Michelle

I am adopted and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was adopted into a Latter-Day Saint family at the age of 8 weeks. I have had a very happy childhood and upbringing. I married and had children. When I was about 35 years of age my birth mother came looking for me. This was a totally unexpected event in my life. Though I was hesitant and had a wall up, being a mother myself I did understand how she might wonder how my life turned out. I answered her letter and briefly told her about my life. We eventually met and met my siblings we all clicked straight away. Though they are wonderful and very generous people, and have regular contact, I would not swap my life for anything. I have lived in Mt Isa for 3 years and in the Torres Strait islands for 13 months. They were a great adventure and a wonderful way to see how different communities work and live. I love water sports, spending time with my family. My favourite activities are watching aeroplanes and watching big surf.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt Heavenly Fathers tender mercies throughout all my life. You might think being raised in a mormon family makes me a little biased towards mormonism, but I bear testimony to you that I have had too many experiences in my life that bears witness to me there is a Heavenly Father who watches over me. I know I am a daughter of God. Some of the reasons follow: a) Some decisions I made were not the best decisions but in hindsight I can see the processes that came into my life, either through other people or my own action I was guided back to the right track of my Heavenly Father. b) when my adoptive father was dying of a serious illness naturally I was very upset. One night my husband and I had had an argument. Being a very emotional time for me, I was feeling very vulnerable and I broke down in tears and sobbed and sobbed. I went into the bed of my 3year old and lay down beside him and I have never cried nor sobbed as I did before. The thoughts that were going through my head, was that I was losing my family. My father was leaving, I did not feel close to my husband, my birth mother did not want me etc. For the first time in my life I felt absolutely alone, I felt that nobody wanted me, that nobody cared,that I didn't know who I was or where I belonged, that I was in a hole and could not get out, I felt so alone in a world full of people. I had hit rock bottom. As I cried that night I told Heavenly Father how I felt and asked him to comfort me. Gradually I felt his loving arms around me and keeping me warm, his spirit telling me "it is okay we are here for you, we are hear for you". I felt that I had gone through my own gethsamane that night and I knew that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lived, I felt them and I felt their spirit. No matter what happens in my life I will always know there are Heavenly parents who wait for me. The Saviour Jesus Christ lives and loves me.

How I live my faith

Living the gospel is a way of life. Keeps you busy and helps you to always think of others. I am involved in the young women program. This is a program for girls 12 - 18 yrs of age. We have a youth night once a week where we teach the girls all sorts of things from craft, sport, music, service, beauty, art, jewellery making, dancing basically anything the girls might want to learn. We have church on Sunday where once again we meet with the girls and teach them lessons on values such as - faith, character traits, individual worth, importance of gaining knowledge, making choices and being accountable for those choices, serving others, integrity, virtue and lots of other things. Then some weekends we have activites on such as dances, beach activities, camps, community projects. The best way to teach others about who mormons are is to include what we do in our everyday conversations with others. Family History research is another exciting thing I do also.