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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm an American in Canada. I chase two kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with loving parents, goofy siblings, and a big imagination. I embraced the development of my talents in music, writing, and memorizing movies with my friends. When I first started my college education in nursing, however, I realized that I didn't know much about the world outside my sheltered experiences. I taught English in Russia for a few months, trying to overcome anxieties about new things. I learned to love the sound of a new language in my ears. When I came home I felt strongly that I needed to serve the Lord. I was called to Kyiv, Ukraine on a mission and discovered my need for the Lord's help in every moment. Shortly after returning home, my conviction to pursue nursing returned. While living with my grandmother to attend school, I met my sweetheart at the congregation for young unmarried adults. I soon realized this man was different from any man I'd met before; I knew we could be very happy together, despite our weaknesses. We married in the temple for time and for all eternity. The promises we made, and that the Lord made to us, gave us courage to bring our beautiful children into the world. I treasure my nursing experiences and can't imagine any other profession for me, but I appreciate the choice I have to stay at home with my kids. We moved to Canada and have again learned to rely on the voice of the Spirit, not always logic, to lead us to the best opportunities, friends, and happiness. Today I love to run, cook, read, and play.

Why I am a Mormon

Very simple: I'm a Mormon because I feel the Holy Ghost when I live the gospel. It's a big world, full of ideas and challenges that all people are trying to make sense of. I'm a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ gives comfort and context in all of life's challenges. Understanding the Savior's power not only to forgive sins, but also to heal life's injustices, gives me hope for happiness in this life, and a great reconciliation in the next life. I don't fully understand it, but I have felt for myself the Lord's power to change my heart, to heal my pain, to broaden my understanding, and fill me with charity for others. I'm a Mormon because the doctrines revealed to Joseph Smith and other prophets are unique and absolutely essential to completing what I call the Big Picture questions. Who am I? Who are my children? Why are we here? What am I supposed to be learning? Why do some seem to suffer more than others? What comes after this life, and how does that affect what I should be doing while I'm alive? We have the scriptures to testify of God's laws, His character, His plans for us, and most importantly, His love. The Lord gives us access to His power when we make covenants like baptism, promising to help us as we strive to follow Him. It's amazing to me that He cares so much for me individually and for my little family, but I feel it when I read the scriptures, take the sacrament, or share the gospel. I know these truths in my heart, and they are confirmed when I take action. I recognize the joy in my life as I decide for myself to commit to live the commandments, trust the Lord in my personal decisions, and to trust Him to guide this church despite the human mistakes we make. I thank my parents for teaching me the gospel, but I have seen individuals choose this path for themselves, receiving it with gratitude and joy. I love my Savior and know He will champion me and my little family forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments the best I can, and repenting and asking for help when I fall short. I observe the Sabbath by attending Sacrament meeting, and considering my relationship with the Lord throughout the day. I pray and try to listen for the Spirit to answer my questions. I invite the Spirit by reading the scriptures and being selective about what I watch, read, listen to, and limiting critical and contentious influences. The Spirit speaks so gently, I've learned it's my responsibility to be ready whenever He has a message for me. I build up my local congregation by visiting a few women on a monthly basis, checking on their well-being and sharing a short message. I love the visits I receive, giving us a chance to build friendships and give each other a spiritual boost. I also help organize social activities for the women to have some fun, build friendships and learn something new together. I watch for the Lord to "open the windows of heaven" as we pay tithing; He always does, helping us not only to make ends meet, but to prosper. I feel I am honest with the Lord when I make sure we do this with a cheerful heart. His blessings are generous, obvious, and deeply personal. I live my faith by going to the temple to gain spiritual strength and perspective. Service at the temple allows me to act on my faith that God is just and merciful, giving equal opportunities for all His children to enjoy His blessings. I try to ask myself if my actions are helping me get closer to the Lord, or farther away. I trust the Lord to forgive me when I repent, having experienced this process many times. It's a joy to feel clean before the Lord.