Hi I'm Michelle
I'm a mother of 3 and a wife of 1. I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and am very thankful for the things my parents taught me. I think parenting is one of my greatest challenges in this life. I love to cook and craft, play volleyball and hike in the mountains. Nothing lifts my heart like seeing the mountains.
Why I am a Mormon
Why have a chosen to be a Mormon? Because it doesn't make any sense to me to live what I don't believe and love. Why would you torture yourself daily trying to be happy with something that doesn't make your heart glad? Being dedicated to any religion or faith is a lot of work. Emotionally, mentally and often physically. If you don't believe with all your hear that it is the right choice than it is never going to be worth it. I was raised as a Mormon and was taught from very young all the principles and doctrines of the Church, but what truly sealed my faith was feeling the Holy Ghost verify to me that what I was doing was God's will. I have prayed about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, various leaders and lessons, teachings and observations; and I have found my answers through the Holy Ghost and the sense of comfort and love that he gives.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
My husband is a paramedic so death is a common subject in our day to day life. Our children are used to being told to be safe, not so they don't get hurt, but so that they don't die. Our families think of us as the safety freaks. But that's our choice and we are comfortable, and less stressed, knowing that our children's car seats are firmly bucked, the doors are locked and the choakables are off the ground. Knowing God's plan for us, knowing that he allowed us to choose to come to earth so that we could prove ourselves worthy to one day return and live with him and receive all the blessings of heaven, has made us seek safety in the guidance of gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray as a family, have family night weekly, read scriptures, attend church meetings and the temple. We talk about obeying the commandments, baptism and service. We seek daily to love one another. We do those things that we know will bring us closer to our God, his son Jesus Christ, and one another. We do them because we want to be together as an eternal family. We know that if we do all that we are able to, if we do our best, our Father in Heaven will take care of us.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
My friend and I made a pinata for a church activity. We were doing the spiritual message and we thought it would be terribly clever if we made a pinata that looked like the Book of Mormon and when you open it, it spills out blessings (in this case, lots of candy and goodies). Unfortunately we were young and in a place without many resources (i.e. no Walmart) so we went with the next best option - cement. Not our most shining moment. We figured it could be mixed with water and we could dip newspaper into it and it would form a thin but firm crust around the goodies. When the night of the activity came we blindfolded the first person and gave them the baseball bat. They took a swing and didn't dent the pinata at all. The next couple people also failed to do any damage so we had them remove the blindfold and try to hit the pinata. Still no damage. Finally we just pulled it down and let the young men beat it to pieces. It took them awhile. Our lesson became "reading the scriptures can be hard" :) It can be tough to read the scriptures every day, to study and apply it in your life. It's old language, sometimes difficult to understand and takes extra effort when teaching children. But there is no greater way to understand the meaning of life. No greater way to understand God's plan for us and truly understand how to find happiness in this life and eternal life after we die. No greater way to feel our Saviors love.
How I live my faith
I believe strongly in equality and tolerance for all people. I value the strength in others as they find their own path to happiness and peace. I know that for me, the greatest joy and peace that I have found is in a gospel-centered family. My children know to whom to give thanks. They know that we have an eternal family. That their parents love one another. My husband knows that I'm in for the "eternity plan" and anything that comes up with be taken in stride and with open conversation and a dedication to one another. I have difficult moments, more than I would like, but they pass with time and make me stronger. When I'm praying and reading my scriptures faithfully I feel a greater sense of wholeness. I can't imagine the struggle and confusion my life would be without the gospel. Without Christ's teachings. I feel very, very blessed to be a Mormon and to have my family happily active with me.