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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of seven children. I love my big family, but admit that it can be incredibly challenging to get everything done that needs to be done. I have a really great group of friends I met about ten years ago in my former ward. We've all moved out of that ward but are in the same area and it is priceless having friends that can relate to my life. I like to exercise; it's the best therapy on the planet. I used to teach group fitness but then switched to running about two and half years ago. I went to college in Utah and although I didn't complete my degree I would like to do so at some point in the near future. I am the only member in my extended family, but I'm married to a great man who was raised LDS by a great family. We have discovered that a weekly date night is key to a successful marriage. It's a tradition dating back to when we were first married and it's just an automatic now for all of our kids....Friday night Mom and Dad have date night. I also think the key to my sanity is prayer...lots of prayer and not taking everything so seriously. Somethings are really important but most things aren't so I try to not stress as much as I used to.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Southern Baptist and I always felt like someting was just missing. I felt at times that church was hypocritical. I didn't feel charity or humility when I went to church. I asked questions that none of my Sunday school teachers could answer. It didn't make them bad teachers, they just didn't have the answers. When I joined the church it wasn't like a huge change, it felt like I was finally coming home. I didn't mind paying tithing or going for three hours every week. I felt like I was finally where I was meant to be. I have all the answers now that I didn't have growing up. I believe in them will all my heart and I'm grateful for the sacrifices made by Joseph and Emma Smith and other early church leaders as well as their families. I'm grateful for the service rendered by all church members. I love that no matter where in the world I am if I go to an LDS meeting it will be the same as it is in my home ward. That is very comforting.

How I live my faith

I do all the simple things I'm supposed to do. I go to all my meetings, pay my tithing, pray like crazy, and fulfill my church calling. Some callings have been easier to accept than others do to my feeling inadequate at times, but they've all had huge blessings accompany them. I am a visiting teacher and appreciate being able to go visit ladies every month and hopefully touch them in some way by either word or deed. My family is far from perfect but we do our best to do family home evening, scriptures every morning before school, and family prayer. I support my husband in his church callings and Priesthood responsibilities and do my best to follow not only the commandments but counsel given by modern day prophets and apostles. More than anything I just try to be a good example and a happy person!

What is the Relief Society?

Michelle
For anybody that hears that Mormon women are suppressed or submissive I think they should learn more about Relief Society. The Relief Society is an organization exclusively for the women of the church. We meet the third hour of our meeting block and learn about gospel principals and how to apply them to our lives. In addition to Sunday meetings we meet for activities ranging from park day where the kids can play and we can talk to temple nights where we go to the temple and then go out together for dinner or dessert. We have a huge support system within the Relief Society. If we are in need of assistance of any kind due to financial hardship, injury, births or deaths within our family, we will receive that assistance with smiles and compassion. It is very liberating to be able to attend a weekly meeting that encourages each woman to be her best person. Show more Show less