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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a wife and a momma, a friend, a teacher, a carpenter, an artist and designer. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I'm 24 years old. Three years ago, I married an amazing man and we now have a 6-month old little boy who keeps us on our toes. I was born and raised in Miami, FL, lived with my mom and little brother, and yes, I'm half Cuban. I was a drama nerd in high school (although not a huge fan of performing) and after high school, I moved north to study technical theatre and design. I became a carpenter, a welder, a scenic painter, a costume designer, a makeup artist, and a seamstress. I LOVE music! And art! And history! :) I am fortunate to be able to stay at home with my little man and still do some free-lance work here and there. My husband and I are total nerds when it comes to Halloween and every year look forward to building our own kid-friendly haunted house. I love my family, my friends, my church, being outdoors when it's not a thousand degrees outside, canoeing, snowboarding when I get to visit family out west, going on roadtrips, watching University of Georgia football with my husband, baking, teaching, camping and painting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was eight years old. My mom taught me core values and principles which were reinforced every week at church. At fourteen, while on a youth retreat, I prayed and gained a testimony of the prophet, Joseph Smith. After high school, I thought that I had done just about all the spiritual damage I could do to myself over the years. Two years into college, I hit my rock bottom and considered myself a lost cause. I no longer felt the Lord's love for me and was sure He had also deemed me a lost cause. My life seemed to be falling apart. I just couldn't get out of this pattern of making stupid mistakes over and over and over. What was the point of trying to repent? I knew myself too well and knew I'd just make the same stupid mistakes all over again. I felt worthless and I hated it. In my head, I knew better, but it was just too hard to BE better. It was only when I completely let go and turned myself over to the Savior and let Him change me, that I was able to really be converted. With the Lord's help, I was able to change my ways. I realized that it wasn't the Lord who had left me, it was I who had left the Lord. I had always tried to have one foot on the Lord's path and the other in the world. I saw just how well that was working. (Umm.. it wasn't!) I needed to have both feet firmly planted on the Lord's path. Since then, I have never looked back. I now know God loves me, hears me and answers when I pray. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life. It has pulled me out of my darkest times and given me a sense of peace found nowhere else. My life is still not always rainbows and butterflies, but because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I am stronger and am better equipped to handle the storms that come my way. And that, I wouldn't have any other way!

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life. It has been the only truly stable thing in my life. Because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I have been able to turn myself and my life around when everything seemed to be falling apart. My wonderful mother raised me to treat others with kindness and respect, regardless of who they are. She, along with my other leaders at church, raised me to love the Lord and show that love by keeping His commandments. They taught me to love and serve others without expecting anything in While going to church on Sundays and being an active participant is important to me, I try to be more than a "Sunday Mormon." It's a lifestyle and it's how I try to live my life. Currently, I teach the twelve and thirteen year old girls on Sundays and help out with their youth activities during the week. I love my girls and I try to be a good example to them since I know that what I do is more important to them than anything I say. I can only hope that by living the teachings of the Savior, I will be able to teach my son to love and serve the Lord as my mother taught me.