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Hi I'm Michelle

I have lived in California all of my life. I am a wife, a mother, a singer, and a reader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to create. I sew, I draw, I sing, I write, I read books that spark my imagination. Most of my creative skills have been devoted to my 3 children since I got married 10 years ago. My husband and I like to spend time together too. We play games with our friends and watch movies and go out when our budget isn't too tight. I have worked hard to achieve my goals. My husband and I are dreamers and imagine wonderful things we could do with our talents, but by day we are workers who get the job (whatever it may be) done.

Why I am a Mormon

I have family in the church going back several generations. I remember before I was baptized, the first time I felt the Spirit touch my heart when I was feeling scared and I prayed for comfort. I had faith in what I had been taught and I was not afraid to test it when I needed help. My testimony began with knowing the Holy Ghost was real and could help me. Later, as a teenager, I began to study the gospel more closely. When I was ready to ask about what I was reading and studying I felt the Spirit again. The Holy Ghost confirmed the truth in my mind and my heart. I knew for sure that it was true and that knowledge has filled me with incredible strength. When a challenge comes into my life, I feel the pressure of the world and the pains of sorrow and disappointment can be overwhelming, but I also have the power of God with me. Through the Holy Ghost I receive the comfort and love of Jesus Christ and Father in Heaven. The promise of the Atonement gives me reassurance that Christ has endured and suffered with me and for me in every moment. I know that He has healed me again and again and will continue to heal me through his endless Atonement.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church ever since I was young. I began when I joined our choir. Since then I have served in many callings with my peers. Currently, I am teaching one Sunday each month. My lessons come from a manual that teaches principles of the Gospel, like faith, repentance and baptism. My regular study of the scriptures since I was young has been really helpful to me. Many times when I am teaching I will think of a passage that applies the lesson or helps to clarify a question. I still sing in our choir with my husband. One of the young women volunteered to babysit for us so we could both participate. It is not easy to take our 3 children to church. I have practiced sitting quietly on the couch with my 2 year old daughter. I talk to her about the sacrament and ask her questions like, "Do we wiggle around or fold our arms?" and when she answers correctly I smile and say "Yes." and "Do we dance or do we sit on the seat?" and for the final question "Do we talk and giggle or do we whisper and close our mouth?" The reward of teaching our children how to pray, how to feel the spirit and recognize it are worth the time and patience it takes to teach them. On Sunday when my 8 year old son asked me what he should do while we were waiting for church to begin I asked him what Heavenly Father wanted him to do. He didn't understand right away so I clarified that he could pray and ask Heavenly Father to tell him what he should do. I could tell he did because later he was smiling and folding his arms and really listening to what was going on when the meeting began.