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Hi I'm Richelle

I'm a daughter, sister, wife, mother, step-mother, quoted-author, novelist, illustrator, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother responsible for two busy teenage boys, a bright missionary serving in Japan, and one big, tough, John Deere master mechanic. My husband and I met after failed marriages, seeking something stronger and permanent. That was eleven years ago. Since then, we've been blessed with four grandkids--treasures born to my husband's older children. I'm a lady of many diverse loves, evidenced by contrasting bachelor's degrees in natural science/mathematics education and liberal studies arts. Since childhood I've found pleasure in creative outlets: participating in drama and choir in high school and college; sketching and illustrating; playing the piano to unwind and relax. But, surprisingly, the creative channel that sparked a fascination for me in adulthood was writing. I've always been a daydreamer. Using the printed word to capture my imagined stories has proven to be more fun than I ever supposed. The process has become an obsession, resulting in a collection of authored books. I can honestly say life has never been dull. I’ve been divorced and remarried, moved to new cities many times, and held a variety of unrelated jobs. From English/ math/ psychology tutor, to assistant dance instructor, to cake decorator, to elementary school substitute teacher, to working in a printer repair shop, and now self-publishing my own books!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family rich with Mormon history. My mother is an active member of the church who faithfully took her four children, (myself included), to Sunday meetings when young. My father, though inactive, supported us in our church activities. Having been taught from an early age the goodness that exists in those striving to live a Christian life, my desire to be a person of virtuous character was strongly rooted. Though born and raised in the gospel, it was necessary for me to acquire a testimony all my own. I spent a period of time inactive, living, as some would say, the carefree ways of the world. Though these years proved fraught with greater struggles, I did learn from those experiences; discovering truths about myself, my fellow men, and what it means to live with and without the Lord's constant spiritual companionship. The one thing I never did abandon was a habit of daily prayer. I've always felt a need to communicate with my Heavenly Father, regardless of feelings of personal worth. God is the one person I've steadfastly trusted. His unconditional love I have never doubted. For me, coming back to church was like walking out of a dark, cavernous labyrinth, stepping once again into a sunlit expanse. I wish I’d returned sooner, but concerns of criticism and appraisal held me back. They were silly fears. Why am I Mormon? Because I’ve learned that true, genuine happiness, the kind that leaves an eternal and fervent change in your heart, only comes from following after the light of Christ; keeping his commandments and living the kind of life exemplified by him. I recognize a stark difference in the spirit about me now; the joy in 'living right' versus seeking after selfish, momentary pleasures. I see it everyday in the lives of those around me. My testimony is strong. God lives. Jesus Christ, his son, suffered for each of us, that our sins might be forgiven. The Holy Ghost bears witness to my soul that this is true.

How I live my faith

My family and I spend a vast amount of time participating in causes we deem 'of great worth'. Living my faith is a daily, natural thing that saturates all I do. Prayer is constant in our home; a way to keep the lines of communication open with Heavenly Father, thanking Him for blessings and requesting His hand in every endeavor. Whether there’s company in our house or not, we say grace over meals. It’s what we do. The spirit of the Lord is sought to abide in our home continually. We pray that He accompanies each member of our family throughout the day. Three boys keep me busy in many wonderful activities; attending school functions, band concerts, sports events, science olympiads, guitar lessons, church youth activities, and working toward that mighty Eagle Award in Boy Scouts. There’s constant talk about striving to ‘do your best’ in every area of life; school, church, work, and play. I stay involved with my own friends, a strong group of women I've come to know well through church activity. Aside from frequent 'visiting texting', we get together often to swap amusing stories about our families, build homemade crafts, help out someone needing a hand, and always expanding our learning in the process. I live in a way that allows me to be there for my family, to be a good example to them and to the friends that frequent our home. We’re mindful of eachother. We support eachother. We spend a lot of time together. We understand that our family is a gift of great and eternal worth, and that truth affects every major and minor aspect of our lives.