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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm not one to label myself. I like to think that my unpredictability is what makes life fun. Happy for me though, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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 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.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michelle
No, and yes. Technically it is all voluntary but I think there is a lot of assumption that all young men will serve missions and a lot of questions if they don't. For my personal take on missions, I think that it does us good to serve and that everyone will serve when it is the right time. Life can be unpredictable even for the most carefully planned people. I went on an 18 month mission to Brasil when I was 23. I had a boy (whom I later married) waiting for me but when I prayed about marrying him I knew that I couldn't at that time. I always wanted to serve a mission primarily because I know that God loves us and what a better chance to give service and maybe see the world. I didn't expect to learn so much or grow so much. Missions are really, really hard. I wouldn't wish one on anyone who isn't dedicated and willing to work with all their heart, body and soul. To have to learn new habits, work with people unlike yourself, and possibly eat a lot of strange food... is difficult. At the same time I would wish a mission on everyone. It taught me patience, tolerance, love for others, to think outside the box and to try new things. It taught me not to judge and to try my best because ultimately I have to live with my choices. It taught me to trust God and seek help often. It taught me to pray with desire. To value life in all it's possibilities. I wouldn't trade my mission experience for anything. Show more Show less