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Hi I'm Michelle

I went to law school. I have five children. I love to cook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to cook! I love traditional foods. I love learning about nutrition. I love to try new recipes and eat exotic foods from other cultures. Food is central to our traditions, our celebrations and good health. My family probably takes it too far. Out Thanksgivings are famous for the dozens of homemade pies to choose from. We love Chimichanga night at my Mom's. Just as my mom did with me, I try to spend one-on-one time with each of my children, teaching them how to cook and letting them help me make a calzone or fried chicken. I want them to be confident in their cooking abilities and I want them to carry on using recipes that my mother taught to me, some of which were taught to her by her mother. Because I love food, I am concerned about the safety and purity of our food. I try to purchase high quality, local and organic foods whenever possible. We like to buy our eggs and milk from neighbors and we are planting fruit trees and a garden. The kids seem to appreciate more and waste less when they know what it takes to produce and prepare their food.

Why I am a Mormon

I graduated from BYU Law School in 2002, and I love the law. There is a logical beauty in the law that has helped me to more fully understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ. There are so many ways in which the legal system reminds us of our need to have a Savior and Advocate. We all have broken the laws of God and the demands of justice require a punishment for those sins. I am so grateful to my Father in Heaven for providing a Savior for all Mankind so that if we will repent and turn to Jesus Christ, he can Advocate for us before the Father. He can pay the demands of Justice and and satisfy the broken law with his Mercy. Sometimes we have heart-ache and trials that are no fault of our own. These too can be overcome and even turned to joy through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ died for me and that He was resurrected and He lives. I know that He is aware of me and my little family and He wants us to be happy. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped me to learn how to follow Jesus Christ. I've found great happiness and direction as I've made Him the center of my life. Being a Mormon makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I went to a great law school, but I don't practice law, at this time. I feel like my greatest gift to my Father in Heaven and my greatest impact on humanity will be felt through the children I am raising. My husband and I both work from home in real estate and we get to raise and provide for the children together. Being a mother of five is much more than a full-time job so I am glad I have Alan's help. Its a lot of work to make sure everyone is fed, clean, wearing matching clothes and that the home-work is done. The hardest, but the most important part is trying to make sure we feed them spiritually and set a good example. We try to set an example of hard work, service, and of loving happy marriage. When business was bad because of the recession, rather than sit around waiting for work, we built our own house. We think the kids appreciate their home more because they watched their Dad build it. Our most important teaching is that my husband and I love eachother. Its wonderful for children to know their parents are in love and learn by example how to have a happy marriage. I also enjoy teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the youth in my Sunday School classes over the past 10 years. I love to emphasize the scriptures and I encourage the children to begin reading the scriptures on their own so that they can learn for themselves that they are true. Teaching children helps me focus on the basic truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I am gone, any impact I might have had in practicing law will have faded. My children will be a memorial forever to the time, love, and care that my husband and I took in raising them. Generations will be better or worse because of what I do in my home. That's a big responsibility, but the rewards are worth any sacrifice. Just seeing my children succeed in their studies, seeing them help eachother, provide service and kindness to neighbors, and look out for eachother - I know I am where I need to be.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

The Bible is a sacred and inspired collection of writings of prophets and apostles to the Jews. I love the Bible and I particularly love to read about the life and mission of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem in the Gospels. The Bible has so many of the actual words and teachings of Jesus Christ. We also believe that God has revealed and inspired other books of scripture through modern and ancient prophets. These books include the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These books testify of Jesus Christ and declare his gospel. I have read each of these books and prayed about the contents. I've come to know they are true through the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less