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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm an active young mother of four with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New Mexico, but consider Colorado my home town considering we moved there only 1 month after I was born. I am the youngest of 8 children and loved being a part of a large family. I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I have found strength in this Church my whole life. When I was 11 years old, I began showing symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was later officially diagnosed at age 16. This was especially heartbreaking to me at the time as I was very active in Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Cheerleading. The disease had attacked both of my knees and made it very painful and almost impossible to participate in the activities I loved. I had to change the direction I was going and find new talents to pursue. Looking back over the past 26 years, I can see how the experiences that I've had in dealing with my arthritis have helped me to be more empathetic to those around me who are struggling with not only physical, but emotional difficulties. It was the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and my relationship with my Savior that helped me through some of the most painful and difficult times in my life. Now, thanks to modern medicine, and a lot of trial and error, my arthritis is manageable and I am able to live an active life with my husband and 4 children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught by my parents at a very young age about my Savior Jesus Christ. But even though I have been a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints my whole life, I needed to find out for myself if what I was being taught was true. I believe that it was through the different physical and emotional trials that I went through that came to really know my Savior. At times I felt very alone, that no one could really understand what I was going through. I learned to rely on him through prayer during those difficult times. I know that the only way I could have make it through them was with his help. As I prayed, I felt his love touch my heart and confirm to me that he is not only real, but that he knows me personally and knows exactly what I need. He has placed people in my life at certain times that have influenced me for good and given me strength. I find strength in reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I have read it many times and have asked my Heavenly Father if it is true. The overwhelming peace that I feel and the joy that fills my heart as I read and apply the teaching of Christ, are a testimony to me of it's truthfulness. I can't deny those feelings. Jesus Christ is real. I have a Father in Heaven and I am his daughter. His love is overwhelming! My life may be difficult at times, but I know that I don't have to do it alone. I can do anything with the help of My Savior, and have felt the strength and seen the blessings of living the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has blessed me with an incredible husband that loves and cares for me, and four beautiful children. We are able to be together forever through the blessing of the temple and being sealed for time and all eternity, not just until death do you part. I am grateful to my parents who loved me unconditionally and taught me of Christ, who believed in me and helped me become the person I am today. I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. I have felt his love and mercy. I can't deny it!

How I live my faith

I serve as the President of the Primary organization at my church, working with the children from 18 months to 11 years old. I get to teach and share the gospel with these sweet children every week. But really, I find that they end up teaching me. The Lord said, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3–4). They have such a strong desire to learn and are so incredibly smart. I find no greater joy than spending time with these amazing children. I also visit the homes of some fantastic women in our neighborhood monthly, we share messages of the gospel of Jesus Christ, enjoy each others company, and serve one another. I am grateful for their friendship.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I hear questions on why women don't hold the priesthood, and why we are not equal with men. To them I say that we are very much equal. There has never been a time where I have felt anything less than equal. We work side by side in the church, and hold leadership positions as well. I currently serve as the president of the primary overseeing the teaching of the children in our ward. I work and counsel with the the Bishopric of our church about the children. Women may not hold the power of the priesthood, but we can be partakers of it. As it states in the Proclamation to the family, we each have very different but equal responsibilities. My husband and I work together to teach our children. We both use the power of the priesthood to bless our family, through blessings, baptism, the sacrament, and temple blessings. We partake of these blessings and use them to strengthen our family. He does not rule over us, we all work together with a common goal to strive to serve each other as well as our Savior. Show more Show less