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Hi I'm Michelle

I am a wife of 21 years and a mom to 6 amazing kids. I have a heart full of gratitude. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with 5 brothers and 1 sister and 2 amazing parents who gave me a home of love, security, direction, friendship, and values. All of my life -as a young girl and college student- leading up to marrying my best friend, I hoped for and prepared for my current career: that of being a "mom". My husband and I married in the Temple 21 years ago and have since been led, we feel, on an adventurous path, living "away from home", and even in Sao Paulo, Brazil, navigating our partnership and roles as parents, and wherein we look back and can see and feel our Heavenly Father's guiding presence through out each and every road that was taken, trial that was borne, and blessing that was given. How I love being a mother. What a joy it has been to hold and care for an infant, to see them grow (and how rapidly!) in to great young people as they discover their own talents and identities. It is not easy and even becomes increasingly challenging as children mature and make their own decisions and as we try to balance all of the activities and busy-ness of our days. But that which we work hard for and sacrifice for, deepens our joys & renders such great rewards. Family means everything to me and I love being with my family, both near and extended. Our relationships here on earth are our most valuable possessions.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been taught since I was a child that "I am a Child of God". When I was just 8 I had an experience that I have never forgotten. I was sitting in our chapel for a weekly children's meeting & the music chorister held up posters to teach us the words to a song that as I sang, filled my young heart with peace & love, from my head to my toes, such that I knew the words I sang were true. The melody & words were sweet: "Suddenly a light descended, Brighter far than noon-day sun..While appeared two heavenly beings, God the Father and the Son." This was just the beginning for me, in knowing through faith, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. As a teenager I was taught that I was a Daughter of God. As I began to understand what this meant, I found that Heavenly Father did in fact answer my prayers and as I grew His Spirit continued to teach me truths, of HIs love and who I was. When I was 16, while I had read & been taught from the Book of Mormon, I wanted to know with a surety that it was true. I asked Heavenly Father in prayer to let me know. When I finished praying I went to pick up my Book of Mormon and felt an over-all physical warmth come over me. It was as if my Book of MOrmon were an old friend and I felt great love and peace in holding it. I knew then, as I know now, that it is a treasure in my life. Today as a mom, I hear such startling & heartbreaking things happening to and in the midst of our children - at school, in the media. I am feeling a growing urgency to help my children develop faith in Jesus Christ & to know of His redeeming love & atoning sacrifice for them. They need this knowlege & sure foundation to hold on tight to as the world's values shift. The Gospel of Jesus Christ offers hope, comfort, and direction and mostly, a sure way for happiness. As we "live" this Gospel and come to know our Savior's love, we have a greater desire to serve and love others. How grateful I am to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

How I live my faith

I now have the great blessing of serving, along with others, the children (age 18 months-12 years) in our congregation. Each week we meet with them to help them- through Gospel lessons, scripture stories, & music- know of their Heavenly Father's love for them & to help them draw closer to their Savior, Jesus Christ. It is evident to me each week why Jesus tells us in the scriptures to become as little children, "for of such is the kingdom of Heaven." As a family we hold "Family home evening" each week, where we all gather, begin with song and prayer, discuss our calendar & family business, have a lesson given by one member of the family, taking turns, engage in possibly a fun activity or game, close in song and kneel in prayer, then always, always we end with a treat:). Family prayer is so important to me. Each morning at 5:50am we all gather to read scriptures, from the oldest child (17) to the youngest (3), & then kneel in prayer. Yes, some are barely awake for this but it gives me comfort and assurance that my children will have extra guidance & help throughout their day, by starting this way. And we try to make sure that we end the day, as well, kneeling in family prayer. My own parents taught me the importance of these habits. I am always striving, personally, to grow closer to my Savior, to live worthily to have His Spirit with me each day, and each hour. Doing this has helped me face trials, like illness or disease in my family, and has helped me do hard things, like move my family to South America and learn a foreign language, and has helped me in my most important role, as a mother. While I am nowhere near perfect in this, my faith has grown strong over the years in knowing that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me; I have seen His signature in my life on so many occasions; and in knowing that I have an elder brother, Jesus Christ, who died for me and loves me too. How ungrateful I would be to not share this faith and knowledge with others!