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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a wife and mother. I'm a published author of fiction novels. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a family with two amazing parents and eight children (three biological and five adopted). Within my immediate family one individual has a degenerative brain disease, another is autistic and blind, another has a neurological condition and is visually and emotionally impaired, another has two psychological conditions, and three have a rare bleeding disorder. Life, we have found, is not always easy. But with the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives we know that every person on earth is a child of God. We also know that our spirits were sent to this earth to have a mortal experience, to learn, and to grow. The challenges we face in this life are given to us so that we can become stronger. In and through the gospel of Jesus Christ we learn that we are not alone! And in the end, if we have done the best we can, our spirits can return to live with our Father in Heaven. I am married now, and we have three boys. I enjoy hiking, camping, creating things, writing and photography. I also enjoy music and find that sometimes music speaks directly to my soul. I love to sing, play the saxophone, and play the piano. I recently completed my degree in Family and Human Development and shortly thereafter had my first two fiction novels published. Life is an adventure...and like everyone else, I’m taking it one day at a time!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but did not have a desire to find out if what the church taught was true until I was 12. At that time I decided to search the scriptures and pray regularly, and then ask my Heavenly Father if it was true and right. The answer came as a feeling deep inside my chest. It was like a convergence of my heart, mind, and spirit, and I knew without a doubt that the Book of Mormon was true. Shortly after that witness, I gained a testimony that all of the principles of the gospel that I had been taught were true. I have seen miracles and prayers answered which are additional witness to me and strengthen my knowledge and beliefs. I have found that conversion is a constant process of learning and practicing what we learn. As we do this, truth is made known unto us by the Holy Spirit. What I understand now is that if what I believe and know to be true does not affect every decision and action in my life, then I have not truly been converted. So I continue to learn and grow and am blessed with continuous strength, knowledge, faith, and hope.

How I live my faith

In the church we have many opportunities to serve our Heavenly Father and our fellow man. We can also serve our congregation by accepting invitations by the bishop to lead, teach, serve, plan activities, or participate in different church programs. I am privileged to serve in the local leadership of the world wide women’s organization. Every woman (or sister, as we like to call each other) is a daughter of God, and as such, has a divine destiny. It is my responsibility to help each woman strive to improve her spirituality, improve her family and home life, and to serve and help those in need around her. We make sure that each woman is both spiritually and physically fed through the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ and through compassionate service. I also help plan weekday activities for the women in our local area to learn both physical and spiritual skills to build upon the principles of the gospel that we teach in church on Sunday. And finally, I have the opportunity to interact with the missionaries in our area and help coordinate with them any resources the women’s organization can provide to help them in their efforts to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the women’s organization in the church. It is a worldwide sisterhood, and the largest women’s organization in the world. The Relief Society’s motto is “Charity Never Faileth” and the purpose is to help women strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ, strengthen their families and homes, and help others who are in need. Show more Show less