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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in Colorado in a family with three brothers and one sister and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 32 years old, have been married for 8 years and keep myself pretty busy. I have a wide variety of interests. I love to spend time outdoors gardening, road biking, mountain biking and running. My favorite sport is volleyball. I also enjoy playing games with others. Ever since I was a young child, I have loved to draw -especially flowers and nature. Most of my book covers, journals, meeting agendas and college notebooks are filled with doodles and drawings. I always dreamed of being a famous artist. I find a lot of satisfaction out of making things with my hands such as refinishing a piano, making crafts or quilts, and just this last year I have learned how to crochet and knit. I enjoy public speaking and feel it is one of my natural talents. I'm a master at organization, especially other people's stuff. For the past five years, I have worked for a construction company. I started out as the office manager and now oversee the accounting. I estimate and coordinate projects before construction begins.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in a Mormon family, I'm not a Mormon just because of that. As a teenager, I had my doubts and asked questions. I prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. The answer did not come right away or the first time I prayed, but it did come. When it came, my body was filled with warmth and I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. Tears of joy streamed down my face and I knew. I knew that God had chosen Joseph Smith as a prophet to help restore the gospel to the earth. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true and was written for our day, and I knew that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church with the fullness of the gospel. In my early twenties, I was a missionary in Santiago, Chile and each time that I recounted the experience of Joseph Smith praying to know which church he should join and of the First Vision, I was filled with that same warmth and peace that I felt as a teenager. I have seen countless lives blessed and changed for the better as they have received their own answers and come into the church living the teachings and keeping the commandments. I have seen the hand of God in my life and in the lives of those around me. I have had some hard trials in my life. I have felt my burdens lightened and strength beyond my own as I've turned to the Lord. Although some of my trials have not been taken away, I can see how I've grown through these trials and learned to trust in God more. I know that God loves us. We are His children and he wants us to be happy.

How I live my faith

I have the wonderful opportunity to work with the youth between 12 and 18 years of age. I am currently the Young Women President for our ward. I love it! I spend an hour and half each Wednesday night with our youth group. Most weeks I work with just the teenage girls, and once a month we have a combined activity with the teenage boys as well. I work with our class presidency made up of 4 of the teenage girls. We meet twice a month to plan and carry out a wide variety of uplifting activities that focus on things such as service, learning, culture, friendship, sportsmanship and having fun. We have done things like make quilts and clothing for the needy, learning how to check the oil in the car or change a flat tire. We have invited special speakers such as a local artist, a rock climber or a 100 mile runner to come and relate how what they do applies to life. These activities have helped us get to know one another and provide a positive support network for these teenagers. We also meet for an hour each Sunday with the teenage girls. We teach them how to live in a way that is pleasing to God. We try to help them to understand and know that they are daughters of God and how to repent and overcome their weaknesses with God's help. We teach guiding principles to help these teenage girls avoid the pitfalls of addiction and sin. We offer love and encouragement during a volatile time of their lives. I am so grateful for this opportunity. I have seen how these girls have grown over the years and how they have become shining examples to those around them and to me.