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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a nerd for learning about the legal system. I'm a convert to swing dancing, singing, and (maybe) running. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Michelle. I grew up in Arizona, where I enjoyed camping, fishing, paintball, and other outdoor activities. I graduated from my high school as co-valedictorian, then stuck around my hometown to earn my Associate's degree in English. While I was at college, I met a very handsome man who (lo and behold!) turned out to be as weird as I am, and we were recently sealed in the Temple. He somehow managed to slowly convert me to one of my most hated activities: running. I've been known to be seen running down the side of the road with a crazy man singing much too cheerfully at the top of his lungs. He also helped me recover from my "two-left feet" style of swing dancing, and now we're both pretty good. I also like singing, but I was pretty bad at it when I was younger; however, I'm getting better. My husband encourages me to sing and doesn't seem to mind if my voice cracks, so we enjoy belting out random songs together. (Hopefully the neighbors don't mind.) However, I must admit that we're rivals when it comes to chess and thumb wars. Survival of the fittest! Right now, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my educational and professional life. I worked as an English tutor before we moved, but now I'm in a city much different than my small-town home and I'm not sure what to do with myself. However, one thing I know is that I enjoy learning about law and being around the legal system, so we'll see if I can eventually do something with that.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen the most powerful happiness in my life as a direct result of building my relationship with my Heavenly Father. The power which being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives me is this: I know how I can communicate with my Heavenly Father, and I am learning how to recognize the way he communicates with me. I know that many feel that God has no desire to communicate with us, but I disagree with all my heart. By staying true to my faith, even when I feel empty and uncertain inside, I allow God to take over and (in his time) change even those hardest of sorrows into wonderful happiness. I think one of the most beautiful things in the gospel of Jesus Christ is progress. I don't know any way to truly, TRULY, be happy other than by reaching out to Christ, seeking His counsel, acting on His answers, building others and building myself in the process. I have a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because its teachings point to God and Christ as sources of support, and in vivid reality I have felt that support in my own life. I believe that those who teach the wisdom of Christ, such as our prophet Thomas S. Monson and the Apostles who work alongside him, can help us as fellow learners strive to come unto Christ. I believe that Christ did atone for our sins and is willing to help us overcome any problems we have in our lives, whether we're currently members of His church or not. But I know that the teachings of the Church will bring us closer to Christ than anything else in this world can. I believe in the Book of Mormon and its testimony of Christ. I know that we have been given an opportunity to come here to this earth and become the kind of people we want to be; for that reason, I know that it's important to strive to be the best kind of person I can be, and the way to do that is through my Savior, Jesus Christ. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

The thing that my husband and I are focusing on right now is establishing habits and systems that will build a strong family. We strive to pray, read scriptures together, and do other things that will help us stay close to Christ. We also try to do other things to help our home run smoothly and peacefully, like cleaning together and keeping pictures of Christ around our house. My hope is that I will soon be able to receive a calling (or assignment) to help out in our new ward. My last calling was being one of the teachers who taught the women in my last congregation every few Sundays. It was a blessing in my life to be able to teach, and I truly felt supported by my Savior as I taught that class despite my challenges and insecurities. My Savior has been a comfort at times when it's been the hardest for me, and I want to be able to find some way to help build His kingdom and help those around me. I hope that someday I'll be able to raise children in a happy home that puts gospel learning as a high priority. I want to be able to show my children the way to be happy, fit, intelligent, spiritually healthy, helpful to others, and overall, the kind of people that can make a positive difference in this world - and find fulfillment doing it. To that end, my first order of business is this: trying to be that kind of person myself.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Michelle
In the civil world, marriages can't be performed without special authority, laws can't be passed by someone outside of the legal system, etc. It's the authority that makes the action valid. In spiritual matters, too, Christ wants his ordinances to be performed the right way. If marriage, baptism, and other important matters were performed by just anyone who wanted to do so, the sanctity of these ordinances could easily be compromised by those who do not care for or understand the sacred importance of these matters. By keeping the ordinance of baptism within a line of authority originating from Christ, we can safeguard this vital ordinance which is necessary for full conversion to Christ's church and gospel. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Michelle
Yes and yes. Sometimes it's a little bit hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that me and my husband can be together forever, but it's one of the happiest things I could think about when it comes to my marriage. I also know that because our marriage covenant is eternal, we have the capacity to become so much closer and happier during our mortal life - IF we remember our ultimate goal, which is eternal life and eventual perfection together as husband and wife. I love him, and I have hope that through Christ's help our love can keep growing stronger throughout eternity. Show more Show less