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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a trombone player by choice, a runner by habit, a mother by nature, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My husband, Adam, and I are musicians, and we are the parents of four incredible children. We've been married for over 16 years. We met in college because Adam plays the trumpet and I play trombone. We were always together! We moved to a rural community about six years ago so Adam could teach music at the local college. I've been teaching the trombone students for the past few years. Now that my kids are all in school, I've also started work on a master's degree in music. Living in a small rural town was really different at first, but we've traded traffic, pollution and noise for no stop lights, clean air, and open spaces. We live in a beautiful place. Our children have small schools, and they can walk to school, the library, the pool and piano lessons. Deciding what to study has always been a challenge because I love so many different things. I love to read. Some of my favorite authors are Jane Austen, Robin McKinley, and Louis L'Amour. I also love art, history and philosophy. I love to run. I've run a couple of marathons. I love running with my family the most. Adam and I sometimes run together, and I used to run with my oldest son, Eric, but he is way too fast for me now! I recently ran a 5K with my second son, Jensen. We had a great time together. When I have time, I enjoy being a little crafty. I like projects that don't cost a lot of money, and will use up supplies I already have on hand. This means scrap quilts, wool strip rugs, and refinished furniture.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised into a Mormon family. I am the fifth of eight children, and the example of my parents and older siblings was important in helping me develop my faith. My parents are both descendants of Mormon pioneers, so I have a rich heritage of ancestors who knew the church was true, and made incredible sacrifices to live it. When I was young, I believed the church was true because that is what I was taught, but when I was about fifteen, I had to find out for myself what I really believed. After eight children and twenty-eight years of marriage, my father decided he no longer believed the church was true, and he no longer wanted to be a part of our family. I was the oldest child at home during this time, and I saw him every afternoon when I went to clean his dental office. My dad often talked about his new beliefs and philosophies and why he was unhappy with his old ones. It occurred to me that if my testimony were based on his, my faith would be completely shaken. But it wasn't. I still felt strongly that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and the fulness of His gospel was restored through Joseph Smith. I can't think of one single experience that established my testimony, but I know that as I continually acted on my faith by praying, reading scriptures daily, and attending church, I felt great comfort and peace. I knew my family would be okay, and I knew Heavenly Father was pleased with me and my decisions. During one particularly difficult time I remember feeling a powerful impression that Heavenly Father knew me, and the challenges I was experiencing, and I felt His overwhelming love for me. That experience gave me the confidence to keep going.

How I live my faith

I continue to read the scriptures and pray everyday. I love the Book of Mormon! It truly is a testament of Jesus Christ. It is beautiful the way it complements and supports the Bible. I also love reading the scriptures and praying with my family everyday. I know that as I teach my children these habits, I am giving them tools to find happiness and success in this life. I have been teaching the adult Sunday School class at church this year, and we have been studying the New Testament. It has been wonderful to study in depth the life and example that Jesus set for us, and to better understand His great Atonement. I love trying to follow His example as I serve others. As a church we have had many opportunities to help neighbors, friends, and the community. We clean up a section of highway, and the county museum twice a year. Recently we helped set up Christmas lights at a local children's park. One of my favorite things we do in our community is the Christmas choir concert we host each year. It is wonderful to get together with Methodists, Lutherans, and others and celebrate our joy at the Savior's birth. When we do this, we see each other as friends and neighbors, instead of as members of different faiths. I think that is how our Heavenly Father sees us as well - because, after all, we are all His children.