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Hi I'm Michele

I grew up in Utah. My friends think I'm a master gardener... but I'm not! I'm a wife, mom, grandma and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom and grandma. I love gardening, playing volleyball, cooking and making crafts.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a loving home with parents who were not active in the church. I had a grandmother who lived nearby who would take me to church with her if I wanted to go. Although my parents weren't active at the time, they were a great example to me of Christ like service. I was blessed with the knowledge at a young age that being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was right and good. I had moments of inactivity as a youth myself, but always felt I needed to go to church and be active. I participated in seminary- an every school day religion class, even when I wasn't attending Sunday services regularly. I remember one year in Seminary, the teacher challenged us to read the Book of Mormon and then pray about it to find out for myself if it was true. I took the challenge, read the Book of Mormon and prayed- a lot. I got so frustrated because I wasn't receiving an answer. One night while praying, it hit me... I asked Heavenly Father, "Is the reason I'm not getting an answer because I already know it is true?" and then I received a very strong spiritual confirmation. My answer was "YES! But you already knew that". Which I did. I was just following the counsel of my seminary teacher. I have always felt and know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, a second testimony of Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was able to translate the Book of Mormon from plates given to him by an ancient prophet. I know it sounds weird and like science fiction, but it is true. Heavenly Father has always been a God that had prophets, revelation, angels and so forth. So why not today?

How I live my faith

I feel like my faith defines me. I have chosen to be a stay at home mom and have never regretted it. I love it! I have five beautiful children and now two grandchildren and I love them all! Family is what matters. Let’s see….I try to say daily prayers by myself and with my family, hold family home evening once a week to teach my children gospel lessons.(Doesn't always happen though we have gotten pretty good at having family scripture study every night.) A living prophet once told the members of the church to plant a garden. The prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon talks about faith being like a little seed. I love gardening because it brings me closer to my Heavenly Father, being able to create, help things come to life and grow. It’s a good feeling. Many times while I am gardening I feel closer to the spirit. Being able to preserve the vegetables and fruits helps me feel secure in knowing I can feed my family. I spend a lot of time making sure that I have food stored away for the future. I don’t feel that I serve others as much as I should. If someone needs help and I know how I can help then I try to do my best. There are many things I don’t do well, but I can bring someone a meal or help clean a house or bring them vegetables from my garden. Right now I participate at church by planning extra meetings for the women. These are usually fun get-togethers where we do service projects or learn new skills while getting to know each other better. In the past I have been a teacher for little children, teenage girls and the adult women. I have been the organist for our worship service. I have been coach for youth volleyball….lots of things. I feel like I am the cliché, “Jack of all trades but master of none”. I can do a lot of things, but I don’t feel I do any of them well but I do the best i can. There is always room for improvement. But isn’t that what life is all about? Living, learning and growing?