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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a mother of five children, two of which have celiac disease. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to a wonderful man for 21 years and am so thankful to be the mother of five incredible children. The role of wife and mother is the one I always desired and hoped for. Little did I know how challenging, as well as rewarding, this role would be. Having two children diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, Celiac Sprue, was not in my plan for life as a mother of five. The thought of relearning how to feed my children to keep them safe was definitely not in my plan. However, I have learned that life doesn't always follow "our" plan, but there is a greater plan that Heavenly Father has for each of us. He knows what trials and difficulties we need to face so that we can grow to our potential. My children's disease has given me the opportunity to learn insights about myself and to develop my talents. I have been able to share my knowledge with others and I can actually make some really great gluten free food! I have learned that Heavenly Father will bless us with abilities that we never knew we had.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints my whole life. I don't have an amazing conversion story or experience to share, I have just always believed in the truthfulness of the gospel. From the time I was a young girl, I realized what joy living the gospel brought to my life. I saw this joy in the lives of my parents and other family members. From a young age I also understood that the gospel was the blueprint for me to follow that would help in my role as wife and mother, as well as help me reach my ultimate goal of returning to Heavenly Father and being with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I have spent most of my adult years teaching and working with the youth of the church. I don't know if it's because four of my five children are girls, but I have spent an awful lot of time working with... girls, and I love it! In our area, each summer we hold a two day "Day Camp" for girls ages 8-11. I have been heavily involved in this for two years. This summer, our camp's theme was "Scripture Power". We had over 100 girls attend. They were able to attend classes that focused on the scriptures, participate in outdoor activities such as canoeing, archery and BB guns, as well as develop new, sweet friendships. It was a wonderful opportunity to see these young girls making new friends, stepping out of their comfort zones to try new things and most importantly strengthening their own testimonies of the scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ. It makes the countless hours of preparation all worth it!