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Hi I'm Michele

I'm 20 years old and working my way through college, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm twenty years old. I'm currently working full time as a nanny while finishing my associates online through BYU-I. Growing up I was always very adventurous, curious, and imaginative. I loved to explore the world around me, learning through the places I discovered, the books I read and the people I met. As I've grown up my love of exploring hasn't changed. I'm currently studying as an Illustration major and draw most of my inspiration from the places I visit, and letting my imagination do the rest.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active LDS family and like many others was baptized when I turned 8. I believe to this day that I made the right choice in being baptized at 8, it was a decision based on faith, and I have never regretted it. Still, I believe I wasn't truly converted until I was 16 years old. At 16 my best friend got diagnosed with cancer, this trauma opened up a floodgate of issues I have had with Clinical Depression since then. I did not know who I was, I did not know what purpose my life had. I did feel that I was only a burden for those around me, my friends and my family. I was in a downward spiral. I had learned about the Atonement of Jesus Christ in Sunday School every week since I could remember, but it was not until I found myself in a doctor's office, and the a therapy session that His Atonement became real to me. Jesus Christ is my big brother, he is my Savior, my Comforter and my Mediator. He really was crucified on a cross for me. He really did go before the God the Father and atone for me, for my sins and for my sorrows, for every wrong that has ever been committed by or against anyone who has ever walked the face of the Earth. The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church, it is the one church on the Earth that has the true authority from God, it was restored by Christ himself through the Joseph Smith so that every soul could be saved through the saving ordinances and Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

After many of the miracles that I have seen in my life I cannot deny Heavenly Father, or the gift of His son and the atonement in my life. I believe that one day I will live with them again and my family as well. I am no where near perfect but I try everyday to live a life that would be pleasing in the eyes of my God. Many of my friends believe that my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints takes away my freedom. However my values help me have more freedom over my life. I know that this mortal life is only a small piece of my eternal life. This knowledge helps me make better choices, it helps me remember that the choices I make today can have a much bigger impact on my future, I do not want to engage in any activity that has the power to become addictive or create a stumbling block for me. This life is about learning and growing, I am the same person in this life as I will be in the life to come, I choose not to jeopardize my future!

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Michele
Many people believe the Book of Mormon was written by Joseph Smith. This is misunderstood information. The Book Of Mormon is actually a history of many Prophets who lived a long time ago. Lehi, a Prophet in the Book of Mormon was commanded that he should take his family and leave Jerusalem. His family traveled by boat to the America's where they kept a record of their lives on the Brass Plates which we now know as the Book of Mormon. Moroni, another Prophet in the Book of Mormon who was a descendant of Lehi was commanded to bury the plates in a mountain where they were later given to Joseph Smith who translated the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Michele
I as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and a women do not feel that my importance is downplayed because of my gender, if anything I feel my religion gives me more purpose as a woman. I am a Daughter of God, and he loves me. He knows me personally as he knows all of his children, and he cares about me, and the struggles that I face day to day. It does not matter if I am a man or a woman, I am of equal importance. I am encouraged to enlighten my mind, and reach for my dreams, just as any man would. However, I do believe that men and women are hard-wired differently, we have different strengths, I believe Motherhood is an insanely difficult role, and I do not think less of a women for staying home and being the rock of her family. It is something that we are losing in society, mothers who lead and guide their children, and fathers who protect and sustain their family. A family is like a puzzle, you need both pieces, a mom and a dad to make it whole. Show more Show less