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Hi I'm Michelle Solomon

I'm a happily married mother of 10 kids. I like to jog and read Classics to my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I never dreamed that I would love being a mother of a large family as I do. As a teenager, my friends voted that I would be the last of our group to marry, would travel the world saving endangered animals and raise puppies instead of babies. Six months later I met a quiet, handsome young man who saw my potential, asked me to marry him, and became the "wind beneath my wings". There is nothing that he doesn't try and help me to accomplish. He has been the reason I have enjoyed raising 10 amazing children, ranging in age from 6 to 28. I love to read Classic literature to my family and have felt we have been on amazing adventures together. We also study the scriptures early each day as a family. With very hectic schedules pulling us in many directions, this is a time to connect, discuss, pray and focus on how important families are. I also enjoy jogging and studying health, nutrition and cooking with simple ingredients. Several of our children and I have trained and ran in a 1/2 marathon. My husband and I enjoy working out at the gym and doing Yoga together. I love taking care of my extensive flower garden where I get to see the effects of the changing seasons, the sun's movement and smiles on people's faces. We have no rules about picking flowers. They are there for the children, who can make as many bouquets as they like. I believe in education and want to earn a degree some day. Perhaps our two youngest and I will go to college together. I believe that happiness is a choice!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life. It was my anchor during the sometimes confusing and difficult times of my youth, and continues to bring reassurance and clarity in these times in which we live. I remember thinking in my youth, that I could probably do whatever I wanted without my parents knowing. Then I would remember that my Heavenly Father would know. That belief, a feeling I couldn't deny, kept me on a path I could later look back on and not regret. A few years later, when the opportunity came to choose to marry, I was thankful to have been taught that God has a plan for me and he cares about the choices I make. I knew that I could make a prayerful decision and He would help me. He is my Father and I am His child. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, provides answers to questions all people have, regardless of where they live on this planet. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? As children of God, we long to know these things. We search for the meaning of life and many never find it. I can't imagine my life without the reassuring knowledge and firm testimony of a living, loving, compassionate Father who speaks to his children through living prophets, scriptures and revelation. The Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ and works hand in hand with the Holy Bible. A powerful witness of God's dealings with the people in the ancient Americas, the Book of Mormon strengthens my resolve to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ, ponder his words, live His teachings and lift others as He lifts me. How I love the Book of Mormon and will study from it all the days of my life! The principles of living a happy, thoughtful and purposeful life are found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is Christ's church and is led by His chosen leaders, just like in times of old. I testify of these things and they are true.

How I live my faith

I think the most important place to live my faith is within the walls of my own home. Families are the fundamental unit of society and it is in the home that strong and righteous characters are formed. A great prophet once said, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." As the mother of a large and growing family, I take this counsel very seriously, being ever vigilant, watchful and careful. To do this I must daily study from the scriptures, pray and heed the counsel of the living prophets. I must personally live and be a righteous example of everything I teach. My prayer each day is to have Christ's image in my countenance. Belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers so many opportunities to serve. As a Cub Scout leader, our beautiful meeting houses are offered each week for the organizations of the Boy Scouts to meet and hold activities. Regardless of religious affiliation, I get to sing, laugh, learn and grow with these young boys. Our congregations are called wards, and I have the privilege of providing watch care over a couple of women who live near me, in my ward. This is called Visiting Teaching. With my assigned "sister" companion, we get to take an uplifting message to them each month, assess their needs and leave them with a hug, smile and a sincere desire to help and support them in any way we can. This inspired program also provides two sweet and loving women to watch over me...MY Visiting Teachers! We can truly be instruments in the Lord's hands. I love studying about how to cook with simple ingredients. I have organized a natural foods purchasing co-op in my area and have enjoyed meeting others that are trying to be more aware of what their families eat. I believe that God has laws concerning our health and by honoring our wonderful bodies, we honor Him who gave them to us. Gardening, preserving, studying good nutrition and teaching others these things is another way I live my faith.