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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a mother of 6 young children. I love gardening, reading, and sleeping when I get a chance! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a loving family in Utah. In high school I played tennis and was part of an Improv group that went to local elementary and middle schools to act out short skits on staying drug-free, developing a good self-esteem, and peer pressure. I went to college at BYU and studied Horticulture and Botany. It was during my senior year that I met my husband. We were married the following year (a couple days after my last final ever!). I worked full-time until my husband graduated and we had our first child. We have been married for almost 12 years now and have 6 beautiful and interesting children. I never really thought that I would have so many children right after each other, but that has been what my husband and I have felt really good about. Before I had children I didn't really view myself as a nurturing person- more like a go-getter, type-A project completer! Motherhood was definatly an adjustment for me and a growing experience. I love being a mother, even though it is humbling to see my weaknesses. I can see as I have had my children, that I am changing into a better, more compassionate, caring person.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. As a teenager, I wondered if I really believed what I was being taught. I thought I did, but wanted God to tell me it was true. My parents and siblings wavered at times with their faith and church attendance, and that bothered me. I wanted our family to do everything I had learned about at church. I had been reading scriptures nightly for a few years and always said prayers in the morning and at night, but at this time, my desire to learn and know intensified! I really wanted to know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true or not! And if it was, I committed myself to following its teachings. I also borrowed some religious music from my friend, and was listening to that. It was while I was listening to a song called, "I believe", that the Lord's spirit compeletly filled me and I started crying. I realized that I had known all along that the Church was true, but now God had given me a more powerful witness! I have since committed my life to becoming more like Jesus Christ, studying my scriptures, and helping other people.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday! I've found that I have to wake up about 30 minutes before my kids so that I can study my scriptures. Then, while the kids are eating breakfast, we read a summary of a scripture story and an article from the children's church magazine (called, 'The Friend'). I really try to have a prayer in my heart during the day to sense my childrens' needs and support my husband in all that he does at work and with his coaching at the High school and elementary school. With 6 kids, I don't have a lot of free time between cleaning, meal prep, and caring for them, so I've learned to carve out the time wasters like TV, social networking stuff, and surfing the internet. I even have to be careful about when I start a book that I know I'll get engrossed in, so that I don't ignore my kids! I do a lot during the day, but it is really rewarding to me to put a home-cooked meal on the table when my husband gets home from work, or to see my children treating each other with kindness. Sometimes, I get discouraged or overwhelmed, but not often; I turn to God in prayer for guidance. We sing a hymn, read a page of scripture, and pray as a family at night. Later, my husband and I kneel in prayer to ask for help in our parenting and other responsibilities and how we can help other people. I also visit 4 women in our ward at least once a month to make sure that they and their families are doing alright and share a spiritual message with them. I work with the cub scouts (9 year old boys) once a week, which is really fun. I play the organ at church a few times a month. I'm also on the parent-group board at the elementary school to help plan events and improvements at the school. So, my life's busy, but wonderful!