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Hi I'm Michelle

I am a former kindergarten teacher, a mother of three, active in local politics, and a children's book author. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the wife of a wonderful husband and the mother of three beautiful children. A unique challenge our family faces is that me and three of my children are gluten-intolerant. Some of my children have other food sensitivities as well. It can be difficult sometimes but we have good support from our community. I received an education degree with a minor in music (violin, jazz guitar) and was able to use my degree to teach kindergarten for two years. Now I stay at home to teach my three children. Although it can be difficult to be surrounded by diapers and conversations about super heroes all day long, it has been the most fulfilling experience of my life. I recently had a childhood dream fulfilled when two children's book I wrote were published--one about my son's experiences with gluten-intolerance. As a child I used to finish my school work as fast as possible so I would have time for free writing. I am now blessed to be able to use that love for writing to help others. I am very politically active, but I was not always that way. I used to leave the room whenever someone would discuss politics because I thought it was boring. However, after I got married some experiences taught me that it is essential to be involved if we are to retain our ability to follow the Savior's teachings. I spend most of my time working in city politics because that is the place I feel I can make the most difference.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons. My parents were both Mormons who had ancestors cross the plains with the Mormon pioneers. As a child I never doubted what my parents taught or the things I learned in church. When I got into junior high school I started thinking more deeply about religion. I realized that not everyone was Mormon. I met children from other religions and it occurred to me that they also had been taught that their religion was true all of their lives. "What makes my religion true and theirs false?" I wondered. "We can't both be right." I realized then that I believed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but I did not know it was true. I embarked upon a study of faith. I read every scripture I could find regarding faith. Afterward I followed the path that the prophet Joseph Smith followed before me. I knelt in bed after my family had gone to sleep asking Heavenly Father if this church really was true. I heard a whisper in my mind as real as the keyboard I am typing on. It said, "You already know it is true. You have always known it is true." And I did know it. I really did know it. I felt so blessed to have had the opportunity to be born into a family that already believed in the true church. I still recognized that my friends had also grown up believing that their church was true. But now I no longer wondered who was right. I had the conviction in my heart and soul that I was in the right place, and that I could now share that conviction with my friends.

How I live my faith

My faith guides every aspect of my life. I take to heart the scripture that says we must be "anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will..." (D&C 58:27). I am a stay-at-home mom and try to spend time every day teaching my children. I want to help them develop faith in and attributes of Christ. Family is the most important part of the Gospel and my family is my first priority. I feel it is also important for me to be active in other aspects of life. I currently serve as a primary teacher in my ward. I am also very active in trying to better my community. I serve on the board for the local food pantry, represent my neighborhood to the city as chairman of the neighborhood council, and serve in one of the political parties at the precinct level. There are so many ways to bring the teachings of Christ to the community and I try to incorporate His teachings in each of these service positions.