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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in California and now reside in Arizona with my husband and 7 year old son. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love spending time with my family - I work full time as an outside sales rep for a national company, so my days are demanding. I make it a priority to do my best in balancing work and family life. When I am not working, I love to be "mom" - my husband and I are proud parents of a very energetic 7 year old boy, and we are currently helping to raise for our 3 year old niece and 3 month old nephew. I think because of our belief that our family relationships will continue beyond death, we are more committed than most to our family relationships. Currently, our days are long and tiring, but we know our service and commitment to loving, lifting, and caring for others is one of the most important things we do on this earth. We know we are blessed when we serve God's children. When I am not busy working or parenting, I love to throw parties! I've planned fun Halloween parties, birthday parties, weddings, and even weekend excursions. Recently we took 150 people on an action - packed trip to Lake Powell. We love Lake Powell and all of it's splendor - truly one of God's most beautiful creations!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Mormon and raised in a family where our faith was very important and our lives revolved around our religious beliefs and practices. I think that because I was raised as a Mormon I seemed to take our faith and beliefs for granted. It wasn't until my young adult years that I truly became converted and realized that I wanted to make my faith a part of my daily life. It's interesting to realize that throughout many stages and trials and experiences of my life, my commitment and understanding of my faith only deepens. Knowing that I am a daughter of God with infinite worth and a divine calling as a wife and mother has helped me stay balanced in a world where women's roles and purposes have been altered and even corrupted. This divine knowledge has helped me to love and respect myself, regardless of whether or not I meet up to worldly standards. As a mother, I can't imagine raising my child without my religious beliefs. I truly believe that the most important thing I can teach my son is to have self esteem, and true self esteem comes from knowing you are a Child of God with a divine purpose. We know that we came to this world to be tried and tested, and that through these trials we would gain strength and understanding. I have certainly experienced trials and challenges in my life. Often times I can feel the winds of chaos around me; yet I feel firm and rooted and unmovable. I know that this is because of my commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have learned through experience that when life gets difficult for me, I can find peace through serving others. The best way to forget your troubles is to help lift another's burdens. I truly have felt my trials, my pain, and my heartache lifted as I look beyond myself and lose myself in service towards others. These are just a few reasons why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For me and my family, our faith is a part of our lives every day. Daily, we kneel together in family prayer. There is something so tender in teaching a child to pray - our son's faith is unshakeable and it is so sweet to listen to him ask his Heavenly Father for the things that he needs and to remember those who are in special need of our Heavenly Father's blessings. My husband and I also find that the simple practice of daily family prayer helps us to be connected to each other, to ask for forgiveness for our wrongdoings towards each other, and to carry His spirit with us throughout the day. One of the things we prayer for daily is an opportunity to serve others. We have experienced first hand the blessings of God's angels surrounding us as we have served others, for we have felt our own burdens lifted in ways we could have never done on our own. My husband and I actively serve in our Church - we attend church weekly as a family, and my husband and I serve as teachers in our Sunday School organization, teaching the 3 year old Sunbeam children. We love our calling! At this age, the gospel is so simple - love others, show gratitude for the earth/animals/things God created, pray regularly, learn reverence, love and serve our families. My husband and I both also serve as a Home Teacher/Visiting Teacher, which I believe is one of the most important roles in our church. On a monthly basis, we visit the families we are assigned to extend friendship, spiritual messages, and to look for opportunities to serve them. We report back to our Church leaders of any concerns or needs for these families. It is our Church's unique way of making sure all members are accounted for and that their needs are met. We have been blessed over the years as we have served and as others have served us. I know that my Visiting Teachers have prayed for me at times in my life, and I know I have had small miracles happen in my life as a direct result of their pleadings on my behalf.