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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a registered nurse, served a mission in Mindanao Philippines, I have a family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have worked full time since I started nursing a long time ago! I work as a Nurse Educator and have completed post-graduate studies whilst raising two growing boys. I worked initially whilst my husband studied at university full time. An unexpected illness delayed his graduation some years and so I continued to work. One of our sons was born requiring significant re constructive surgery during my husbands illness. These were tough times requiring us to travel to a major metropolitan city, where we stayed with a friend. Knowing that Heavenly Father loved us, that we could go to Him in prayer gave us peace and a surety that as a family we could deal with whatever was coming our way. My husband and I have found that family challenges can bring us together and strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints began when my mother was baptised whilst pregnant with me! My father became a member of the church 8years later. My dad decided to learn about the church seriously after watching our family grow up. He wanted to learn more about a church that gave his family such confidence and caused them to demonstrate their love and respect towards him even more. My own testimony developed as a teenager navigating my way through all sorts of friendships, career decisions and questioning. As my own family has grown I have witnessed the positive impact a trust in the Saviour and his atonement can have on teenagers and young adults. As a mother, I have sought and received a sense of peace and comfort knowing that our family can be eternal and that my relationship with my husband can continue on after this life. To have a living prophet to let us know what God wants for us is amazing. To have access to scripture that witnesses to Jesus Christ and his sacrifice is an enormous blessing.

How I live my faith

I teach a Sunday School class of 16 and 17 year olds, this year we are studying the New Testament. Together we have discussed love, life and the pursuit of happiness. As you do. I have over the years provided leadership in women's, youth and children's organisations and have truly enjoyed each opportunity to serve as I personally have grown from each experience. I participate in a Human Research and Ethics Committee as a committee member as a means of contributing to my local community. I have found this to be a great way to learn about what's happening in the world of research and I am able to assist in this process.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Michelle
The Bible is the word of God and is a collection of records regarding Gods dealings with Ancient Israel and the new Christians in Christ's ministry. I love the old testament and I love the new testament, I teach the doctrines contained in these books to my Sunday school class of 16 and 17 year olds. We need to remember that this is a collection of translated records that has passed through a number of minds. As far as it is translated correctly we absolutely regard it as scripture. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Michelle
Each day as a family we have read from the Book of Mormon and our children and us have found that reading and discussing doctrines have provided us with a spiritual start for the day. We have read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon in our Family Nights and have found direction for most of our challenges. We have come to understand each others perceptions and sometimes worries as we have likened the experiences of ancient Israelites and Book of Mormon peoples to our own lives. How would we act if faced by a situation like Daniel or Joseph in the old testament, or Nephi in the Book of Mormon? We can learn from others experiences and avoid guilt and sorrow. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Michelle
Well, I don't think that I am too different than most women, except that I know that I am an equal partner with my husband in raising our children, providing for our family and am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father. I have a supportive husband who has encouraged me to complete post graduate studies, contribute to the community and has tried hard to understand why I cut up perfectly good fabric to make quilts! Most definitely men and women have equal value in the sight of God. We each have unique characteristics and physical attributes that enable us to come together and to create families of one, two, three or four. We have equal potential for the eternities and both should endeavour to gain sound educational and career opportunities. Show more Show less