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Hi I'm Michelle

I am fluent in American Sign Language. I love being a mother to my three amazing sons and one daughter in law. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a stay at home mom of three boys for 18 years. I went to the University of Arizona where I met my husband in the U of A marching band. I played the flute all through high school and college and have a love for music. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an emphasis in Deaf Studies. I worked as a sign language interpreter for several years. I love to serve within the community and have been a board member for school organizations and athletic organizations. I have been a parent volunteer and helped to teach classes about music and art to elementary students. I have done some substitute teaching and found it to help me be more thankful for the wonderful teachers my sons have had! I love to write. I have been very involved with cub scouts and boy scouts and my two older sons are both Eagle Scouts.

Why I am a Mormon

When I started my college experience I was a young lady with serious reservations about having a family of my own. I grew up in a home with a seriously abusive alcoholic, drug addicted father. He terrorized us all for 13 years and then left my mom for another woman. He lead a double life and liked to bring us to Catholic mass and have us involved with Catholic Religious and private education in order to make us look like the ideal family. I always loved God and wanted to know what was true but had received mixed messages all my life about how to define truth. I spent much of my time studying the Old Testament and trying to discover for myself how God wanted me to live. At this time I met many people on campus espousing truth and none of it seemed genuine to me. I met my husband who was an inactive member of the Mormon church at the time. We had many in depth conversations about the Bible teachings and about the law of Moses. I had many burning questions and he listened and would study out what I asked, research and then come back with what he felt was the truth. One day he gave me a Book of Mormon and told me that I would find even more truth within those pages. I was very skeptical to say the least so I would not touch the Book of Mormon until he answered all my questions about the Bible with the Bible only. We spent a year talking and praying together. He took my concerns seriously and helped me understand that family values and the teaching of Jesus Christ are central to the Plan of Happiness that our Father in Heaven has outlined for each of us. He taught me that by living the word of wisdom and avoiding alcohol, tobacco and drugs that much of what had destroyed the fabric of my own family would not be part of the life of an active member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He baptized me two years after we met. I have learned how to discern truth which continues to bless my life.

How I live my faith

Being a member of this church has blessed my life on all levels. I have gained experience working with teenagers, children, and other moms. I have been able to teach Sunday school lessons, organize meaningful service projects, speak in church and visit with people who teach me how to be a better person. I have support in all areas of my life. I feel that I have a whole church family that cares about my well being and about the progress of my children. I have learned how to organize and successfully serve dinner for more than 100 people for Christmas and other special occasions. I have been able to organize successful fourth of July breakfast events that celebrate the great country we live in. I have been able to take time to serve in my community by being a scout leader and a school volunteer. Currently I organize large service projects that help a domestic violence shelter within my community. There are countless opportunities to make a positive difference in my neighborhood and within my church. Many of the women participate in a carpool to help save gas and other women share their talents in diverse ways from teaching us all how to save money on groceries to offering day care when needed. I love being an involved and valued member of the church. It blesses my life and helps me learn how to lead, love and serve so that I can become a better person.