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Hi I'm Michelle

I am a neonatal ICU nurse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Mom of 6 children; yours, mine, and ours. My children range from grown/married to starting kindergarten. Have an amazing husband of 17 years. Have a wonderful family! It has not always been so. We have overcome large marital problems including addiction issues. I was a stay at home Mom with the kids when they were young. I ran a day care to make ends meet until I went back to school in my mid-30's. I am now working as a nurse in the NICU. I take care of premature babies, babies with congenital disorders, and really sick newborns and their families. I belong to the bereavement committee and the March of Dimes parent advisory council. I love my job and what I do. I feel that it is an honor to go through this journey with families.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in my teens, I had many questions about God and my purpose here on earth. I believed that there was a God but felt that only thinking of Him on Sunday was not how it "should be". There were so many questions that I just couldn't find the answers to in the bible or get answers from ministers/priests at church. I was first baptized at the age of 12 into the Church of Christ. I attended there every other week when I was at my father's house. I went to vacation bible school, sang songs, and felt the Spirit there. That was my first experience with the spirit and I wanted to feel it more and more often. I wanted to be like Jesus. I then started attending an Episcopal church with a friend when I was about 14. I enjoyed the people and felt a good spirit there as well. I was baptized at 15 yrs old. Again, there were certain questions that I never felt were answered completely. I learned of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when my family moved to Utah. I was 16 years old. At the urging of a friend, I attended a meeting. This was a hugh turning point in my life. It felt like such a family. The spirit was strong and I decided that I wanted to learn more. I borrowed a Book of Mormon from a friend and read all of it over the summer. By the time I finished reading, I knew that it was true. Joseph Smith seemed far fetched, however if the book was true (and I knew that it was) then Joseph Smith's vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ was also true. The questions that I had wondered about; everything just made perfect sense! I took the discussions from the missionaries and was baptized at 17. I was the only member in my family. I have been a member since then. It is not only a religion, but a way of life. Daily trying to become more like Jesus Christ. I married my husband, Mike, who is also a convert, in the Washington DC Temple. The happiness that I feel is because of my faith in Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

One of the things that I love about the church is that no one is paid to do anything. I love that the person that speaks to you on Sunday is your neighbor or friend or yourself, not someone that went to school and is paid to do the job. Everyone volunteers their time to teach, give talks, set up, clean, whatever needs to be done. There is also an amazing network that everyone belongs to. It is called visiting teaching and home teaching. I am paired up with another woman and we have 3 women that we contact and visit every month. We share lessons, pray together, laugh together, talk about each other's lives, lend a hand when needed, and ultimately help to lift one another up. My husband and one of my teenage sons have 3 families that they go and visit each month - doing the same thing. If someone is having a baby, someone passes away, fall on hard times, whatever it may be...people seem to just be there and help with what is needed. We often do community service as well; fixing up school yards, parks. My favorite thing to do is to teach the youth. I have learned so much and increased my testimony so much by the lessons that I have taught and the interaction with the kids or teens. Their simple testimonies and faith is inspiring - to become as a little child. The biggest challenge is just within your own family. My husband and I struggle with trying to teach our children truths, values, and behavior in a world that is quickly dismissing all of these things. We try to have family prayer together each day/night. Stop whatever we are doing and kneel down together. We attempt to have some sort of spiritual thought, lesson, or activity at least weekly. We also, ideally, have a family scripture study daily. I think that the most important thing that we do is sit down together at the dinner table - no TV, no radio, no cell phones allowed. This allows us to be able to talk about each others day and keep ourselves close.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Michelle
This is what I love about the gospel. People seem to just help anyone in need. If there is a natural disaster. We are there, sending packages, money, whatever is needed. Also within our own communities, we help with yard work, bring in meals, whatever we can to help others. Show more Show less