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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a small town girl from Kansas. I'm incredibly outgoing. I've learned to laugh at myself. I believe in Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Kansas, and am the middle child. Although I appreciate the experiences that a person has growing up in small town, a part of me longed for the city, so I moved out of my parents' house when I was 17 and ventured off to Colorado. I have lived in a few different states and the found myself in the very HOT state of Arizona. I am incredibly outgoing and love meeting new people, and trying to figure out what peoples' stories are. I think a lot of people really want to share where they come from and if you give them an opportunity to share they will, so I do what I can to have those conversations. I work for the corporate headquarters of a Fortune 500 organization, and balance that with being a full-time student. I like going on vacations with friends, and am always up for a road trip. I love music and I find myself dancing all the time, even when I probably shouldn't. I love any experience that life can offer, and I truly believe that the experiences we are given are for our good. I am happy, optimistic, and believe that the best is yet to come.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I wasn't exposed to a lot of religion, and what I was exposed to was basic at best. I was told there was a man named Jesus Christ that died on a cross for my sins, and I could pray to Him if I wanted to. Between the ages of 12 and 15 my family went through a period of tremendous loss, and we buried 22 family members. I remember not understanding the reason behind death, and was even more lost when it came to understanding what happened after someone died. Then in January 2004, when I was 18, my grandpa who had been diagnosed with cancer the previous May, passed away. This loss took it's toll on my spirit, and no one could really explain to me the reason behind why I had to go through this experience. I lost all faith that God existed and lost myself. Then the following August I was introduced to the missionaries who taught me to pray, what it meant to have faith, and about the Plan of Salvation. I remember learning about how families are meant to be together forever, and how we will be reunited with those that have meant the most to us. I walked away from that meeting with the missionaries, and had this overwhelming sense of peace. For the first time in over 7 years I knew that everything was okay. I knew that my grandpa, who was such an important man in my life, was going to be waiting on the other side for all of us, and that we would be reunited again. That moment changed my life forever. I hold on to the moments that remind me of the path that my life has taken. I know that I am a daughter of God, and that He wants me to experience more happiness than I could ever wish for myself. I found myself when I found the Gospel, and that is something that no one can take away from me. I have a firm faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, and I know that the healing powers of the atonement are real. I know that I wouldn't be the person I am without my knowledge of Jesus Christ, and all that He sacrificed so that I could be the person that I am today.

How I live my faith

I am a very active member of my ward and the surrounding area. I mentioned above that I am a very social person, and I serve as a member of a committee that plans activities for the young single adults (ages 18-30) in our region. I attend church every week, even when I go out of town, and participate in as many activities as my energy level will allow. I try to spend most of my time with members of the church that help encourage me to be my best self. I attend the temple on a regular basis, and strive to feel the Spirit in my life on a regular basis. I am very open with those around me about my faith and encourage people to ask me questions, especially since I didn't grow up in the church.