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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a college graduate and a stay-at-home mom by choice. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to college and then worked in the business world for a few years. My dream, though, was always to be what I am now--a wife and mother. I had thought that staying at home full-time would be easier than my career in a lot of ways, but my two preschool-aged boys make sure my brain doesn't get too much of a break! When I get a free minute, I love to garden and read. I also like to cook and bake for those I love. I especially love sharing my interests with my sons, taking them to libraries, visiting museums, and teaching them how to plant and care for seeds.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't born a Mormon. When I was 1 1/2 my parents started thinking about raising me with religion, and they were found by missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They learned about its teachings, prayed, and felt for themselves that this Chruch was true. They were baptized, and they raised me according to the teachings they had accepted. As a child, I accepted without question what I was taught about my loving Father in Heaven. I believed completely that Jesus Christ had lived and died for me, and that He now lives again. I felt completely sure that if I followed the commandments, I could be with my family forever. Yet when I was a young teen, I started to feel uneasy. I believed everything I learned at church, but did I really know? I'd been taught that I could read the scriptures, pray to God, and ask Him myself if something was true. I decided to do that. I read, prayed, and asked my Father in Heaven if He was really there. I asked if Jesus really died and was resurrected. I asked if the Book of Mormon was true. I asked if Joseph Smith really saw Him. I asked if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really was the one completely true church, restored from the Church Jesus had established such a long time ago. I guess I expected some sort of a sign to answer my questions. That didn't happen. What did happen is that I felt warm and good and quiet and happy inside. I somehow FELT that God was hearing me and that He loved me. At that moment, I didn't just believe, I KNEW that God lives. In the same way, I knew that Jesus really died and lives again, and I knew the Book of Mormon was true. Feeling an answer to my questions about Joseph Smith and this church did take a little longer, though. I had to pray again and again, but over time, I felt just as strongly about that, and I now know these things for myself, too. I now know that the feeling I felt was the Holy Ghost. I'm a Mormon because I know it's true.

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon. I will never NOT be! Because I know that each person is a child of God, I have a strong sense of self worth. I see my children for what they truly are--precious little people that God has entrusted to my care. Because of what I know, I am eager to share my faith with my children. I teach them stories about Jesus and the prophets, so they will have good examples. I teach them how to pray. I teach them the commandments of God, and I teach them why they should live them. Because of what I know, I am always trying to be a better person. I try not to get down on myself when I mess up, but I pray harder and try again. I love talking about my faith, but sometimes I'm nervous that people will feel uncomfortable, since religion isn't seen as very politically correct anymore. I know a lot of Mormons feel the same, so if you're curious, ask! We love it when people ask us questions. :) Right now I help out with the youth program at church. I help teach and carry out activities for the 12-18 year old girls. I love what I do! I see how much faith these girls have, and at the same time I see how many influences around them are trying to convince them to lower their standards and values. I feel so grateful to be able to help them. One of the things I love about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that through its teachings, we learn more about how to return to our Father in Heaven. Those teachings help me feel more peaceful during crazy times in my life, and they help me know how much God truly loves me. Whoever you are, reading this, I know He loves you, too. :)