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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a stay at home mom. I love photography & graphic design. I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my early 20's I developed an eating disorder. I was a poor college student with no resources to get professional help. As I searched for solutions, a quote lingered in my thoughts- "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. " I knew that I needed this eating disorder to "drop" out of my life, so I turned to the only source of help I knew of- Jesus Christ. The change in me was miraculous! I wasn't instantaneous. My healing took years, but the change in my heart was more quickly evident. Rather than being preoccupied with my body or superficial things, an immense peace entered my life. I felt this indescribable love for my Savior & others as well! I wanted all to feel this happiness & love. Because of this change in me, I served a mission in Bilbao, Spain. After my mission I graduated from Brigham Young University with my Bachelor's in Family and Consumer Sciences & I taught jr. high for two years prior to getting married. I'm now a stay at home mom of three little boys & do some photography & graphic design on the side. In addition to the challenges of parenting, life continues to stretch me. In January 2014 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease- Ulcerative Colitis. Initially I hoped that if I had enough faith, the Savior would heal me. I've since learned that faith doesn't exempt me from challenges. Instead my faith has brought multiple answers to prayer, peace & strength to cope with my challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but in my later teenage years, I began to desire to "know" for myself that the things I'd been taught as a child were true. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed every night hoping to receive some sign from God that the things I was reading were true. I'd heard other teenagers describe the experiences they had with seeking and asking and the confirmation of truth that they'd subsequently received from the Holy Ghost. They described feelings of warmth and burning. I felt no such feelings. Over time, I grew skeptical and found myself reading the Book of Mormon with doubt and skepticism. Discouraged, I one day approached my dad with my frustrations. He shared with me his testimony of the truthfulness of the church and Book of Mormon. It helped dispel some of my doubts and have the smallest bit of faith. It was with this new attitude that I found myself reading in Alma 32. "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief...behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves- It must needs be that this is a good seed...for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." As I read this verse in particular, I felt feelings of goodness, joy and peace. I knew that the Holy Ghost was testifying to me that the Book of Mormon was true. That was the small beginning of my testimony. Since then my convictions have grown. I've had countless witnesses from the Lord which have confirmed my faith. I can now say with confidence that I know the Book of Mormon is another witness from God that Jesus is the Christ & that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church restored upon the earth.

How I live my faith

Living my faith begins at home. Being a mom of three small boys I find that I need prayer and scripture study daily, not only for my sanity, but also to receive direction and answers to questions I might have. I read in the mornings. If I don't my day can easily get away from me. This might sound more romantic and picturesque than it really is. I read on my smartphone or tablet. Usually I'm laying in bed (I know I can keep the baby asleep a little longer this way) or if the kids woke up first I might be nursing a baby or holding a child while I balance my phone in the other hand. We also pray and read our scriptures together as a family. On an ideal day, we'll read before my husband heads off to work. Generally though, it happens at night around the dinner table or as we're cleaning up the dishes after dinner. I attend church weekly and also serve as a sunday school teacher. Being the sunday school teacher keeps me on my toes. I have to study for my lesson a little bit every day (also usually done on my smartphone with a baby in arms) & also pray for direction. It's a lot of work, but I always learn much more than what I can share. As with most service, I get more out of it than I actually give. And maybe lastly, I love to share and record my faith on my blog & in my journal. I feel like it solidifies for me life's lessons that I'm learning. I probably go a little more in depth in my journal, but the purpose for both is the same- I want others to be able to see some of my struggles, see that I wasn't perfect, but life is beautiful nonetheless. And it is so because I know who to turn to for strength, comfort and lasting happiness- the Lord.