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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a Mormon, and I'm happy.

About Me

I grew up in a small town. As a child, my favorite past times were riding horses, hunting our barn for kittens, and roaming our five acres and the neighboring farmland letting my imagination turn me into anything from an Indian princess to an overworked employee. As I grew my interests expanded to soccer, track and field, and a service-oriented high school class called leadership. I love to test my limits physically and mentally. Learning new concepts and ideas has always been a joy. Whether they are long division or the physiology of the human body…or any physiology really. But I like more than textbooks. I’m a sucker for a romance novel, especially one with a princess. Childish, I know, but it is a guilty pleasure. As far as testing my physical limits, my brother and I used to create obstacle courses. One of our favorite past times was rafter racing. We would see who could climb onto the saddles, up the ropes they hung from, and across the rafters the fastest. I love physical competition. But my biggest competitor is myself. I love beating my best time and figuring out how to make my body do new things. This led me to a bachelor’s degree in health science with an exercise science minor. I also love the great outdoors. Hiking and camping are two of my favorite things. Add to all of this a love of choral, classical, and of course crooner-type music and you’ve pretty much got me in a nutshell.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a good family who loved me and taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. After the death of his apostles, the priesthood authority to administer sacred ordinances that are necessary for salvation was lost. But Christ restored it to Joseph Smith Jr. That same authority by which Jesus worked his many miracles has been handed down to the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, our modern prophet, Thomas Monson. As I keep the covenants I made when I received those ordinances, I feel joy and peace and an overwhelming sense of God’s love for me. He loved me enough to send his son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins. I am eternally indebted to Him. Because of this, I strive to do what Jesus asked when he said, “Come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22) Through the years the Holy Ghost has testified to me over and over of my Father’s love for me and the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ on earth today.

How I live my faith

Of all the things I love, I love my family the most. I am married to the love of my life, and am privileged to be a full-time mother to our two boys. Out of all my accomplishments, and there are many, I feel the greatest pride when I hear my three-year-old pray or see him show love and compassion to his brother. In addition to teaching my children about Jesus Christ, I also serve the children in our congregation. I oversee their lessons, activities, and programs to ensure that the children: Feel Heavenly Father’s love for them. Learn and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. Feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost. Prepare to make and keep sacred covenants. I also have the responsibility to watch over a few sisters in our congregation and nourish them with the good word of God. As I have visited these sisters, Heavenly Father has blessed me with a portion of his love for them. I also have someone to look out for me and try to help me as best they can, whether that is a ride to the doctor, a hug when I’m lonely, or a message of God’s love for me. Lastly, I live my faith by holding a personal devotional every day. I read from the scriptures or words of the prophets a few minutes every morning and try to find what God would have me work on that day. This is usually something like patience or simply putting God’s plan for me ahead of my own. I find that I am by far the happiest when I can go through my day working towards building the Lord’s kingdom however he wants me to do it that day.

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. Not only is Jesus Christ the son of God, but his atonement is the central event upon which God's plan for us is built. Show more Show less