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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a creative, picture-taking, pre-school teaching, mother of six who loves her family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the mid-west, in a family of 13 children. I have been married for 20 years and I have 6 wonderful children. I enjoy supporting and cheering for them in all that they do - football, soccer, running, volleyball, singing - whatever they choose. I love spending time with my extended family as much as we can. I am grateful to have our Down's Syndrome niece live with our family as well. I like to be busy whether I am creating something, teaching preschool in my home, taking and editing pictures, reading or just being outside. Now that my children are all in school I plan to go back to school myself, if I can only decide what I want to be when I grow up.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was a member and my mother was a convert. I was born and raised in a Mormon family living in a very Christian community. I was able to have many friends of different faiths but we all shared a love of Jesus Christ and his teachings. Gratefully, over time, I have studied and prayed to gain my own testimony of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of this gospel. My faith and testimony have given me strength to continue on during difficult trials, and helped me to recognize where my blessings come from in times of ease. I have come to realize that I am happiest when I choose to follow His teachings in faith, trusting that He knows better than I do what the outcome will be. I have felt the Spirit testify to me of the reality of God, the divinity of His Son, and the truthfulness of His teachings. I have felt the powerful gift of the atonement in my life and know that my Savior truly knows me and is aware of my strengths and weaknesses. I know that through Jesus Christ and His priesthood authority, I have the opportunity to be with my family forever. I know that even though one of my children has gone on before me to the next life, I will be able to see him again and he is very much a part of our family, even to his brother and sister who were born after he died. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of love and hope. And it makes my life better each and every day.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily thing. And though I am not perfect at it, I continue to make progress and improve. It is something that allows me to be who I am and to become who I want to become. I can pray and read the scriptures to gain the strength it takes to raise children in today's world. I can provide service to those in my community who are in need of love and friendship. I can be an example to people around me of the things that I believe bring me the greatest joy. I can share what I know with others. I can be a disciple of Jesus Christ. One of the greatest blessings of being a Mormon is the many opportunities to serve others. I have enjoyed working with the children of the congregation from 18 months to 12 years. I have loved working with the youth ages 12-18. I am currently enjoying serving in the women's organization in our ward. I love the sisterhood and friendship that we have and the strength we find in each other. I am grateful for the examples of faith that strengthen my own. I also love the community we live in. I have enjoyed volunteering to edit out elementary school yearbook for the past 7 years. Beyond taking pictures and deciding layouts I love getting to know the teachers and students that influence my children's lives. I try to support the various other groups that my children are involved with whether it is our community soccer program or junior high and high school sports groups and choirs. I believe that Jesus Christ was our greatest example of love and service, and we would do well to try to follow that example.