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Hi I'm Micky

I live in Arizona. I work as a medical social worker and I have a passion for working with older adults. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a live-in nanny, a music therapist and nursing home Activities Director, and am currently working as a medical social worker. I have a passion for working with older adults...when I die I'd like my epitaph to read "she loved to hang out with old folks". I worked my way through a bachelor's and master's degree, finally getting my master's degree at age 40. I enjoy music, playing the guitar (although I've become quite rusty since becoming a social worker) and absolutely love to read! Although I've been too busy the past several years to spend much time doing it, I'm starting to rediscover my creative side, and enjoy scrapbooking, making cards and other crafts. And I enjoy people. I hate to be the center of attention, but would more likely be found talking to people on the periphery. I have been married for a little over 11 years, have not been able to have children, but my husband has 10 cats (rescued from foreclosed homes), all of which he adores and I tolerate :-). I adore my nieces and nephews, although I don't get to see them as often as I would like.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Church, I came to a point in my life when I could no longer just accept as true what I had been taught all my life. I felt that I had to feel it and know the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ for myself. I remember the first time I truly "felt" it...I was at church Girl's Camp at Camp Nokomis in Zion's National Park. We were sitting around a campfire the last night of camp before heading home in morning. Several of the other girls and adult leaders had shared their feelings about the gospel and church. I felt my heart pounding in my chest and felt in my whole being that what they were sharing and what I was feeling was right and true. I recognized it as the Holy Ghost confirming to my heart that I believed it for myself. That was many, many years ago, but I still remember the seeds of my personal testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ and His Atoning sacrifice that He made for me personally. I have had other profound experiences in my life since that time what those same truths were confirmed to my heart. Being a Mormon gives me the strength and courage to continue even when life is difficult, and helps me to have hope and a firm direction in a world where moral values are eroding and shifting. I know that if I keep my focus on the Savior Jesus Christ and continue to pray daily for guidance that I will be helped and supported through the challenges and trials of life.

How I live my faith

I enjoy being part of my ward (congregation) family. We are a mixed bunch, but I love everyone dearly and they are a support to me. I hope I am a support to them also. I have spent much of the past 9 years working with the teenage girls in my current ward and also a past ward. I have loved each of the young women I have worked with over the years, and it has been a learning experience for me. It has caused me to admire families with several teenage daughters in their household :-) I have spent the past year working with individuals who have recently become members of our church. That has been wonderful as I have added even more friends to my circle. Serving others in my church has been a source of joy and happiness to me. I also feel blessed to used the gifts and talents that my Heavenly Father has given me in my work as a social worker. There isn't a day when I don't go home at the end of it knowing that I have done at least one thing good for someone else, whether it be by listening, helping patients and family members navigate through the system, or helping a patient to get assistance that they couldn't get without help. I constantly have a prayer in my heart that I will know best how to help them. My work is an important part of my life.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

When I was a child I was taught the basic "don'ts" of the Word of Wisdom...We don't drink, smoke, drink coffee or caffeinated tea, and we don't do drugs. As an adult I have been able to better understand and appreciate the Word of Wisdom for what it truly is...a code of health. Because I have chosen to follow this code of health, I am free from addictions, I don't have to worry about what I might do when I don't have full control of my actions and behaviors, etc. The Word of Wisdom is so much more than a list of things to avoid...it also gives us counsel as to what is good for our bodies. We are counselled to eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc., and to use meat sparingly. We are further counselled to get plenty of rest, to exercise and to view our bodies as a gift from God to be taken care of as best we are able. I find that when I adhere more closely to the Word of Wisdom and follow the "do's" as well as the "don'ts" I feel healthier and happier, and more able to face the daily challenges of life. I also find that when I do this I am more able to feel and be influenced by the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

For me it is a way of life. It means that I have a strong work ethic, that I try to be honest in my dealings with others, that I see everyone as my brothers and sisters and that I have another family beyond my biological family and the family I married into. It means that I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ in my daily actions, that I try to be kind, that I try to be an integritous human being. It means that I attend church meetings every Sunday, that I am given specific assignments to work within different organizations in the ward. It means that I serve others outside my comfort zone, and in the process I stretch spiritually. It means that I pray morning and night, that I read the scriptures daily, that if I have hurt someone else or fallen short of what I should be doing, that I repent and try to do better the next day. I means that I believe that God continues to speak to us and give us guidance and counsel through a living prophet, just as Moses did in his day. It means that I have a firm belief that God knows me personally and understands my circumstances. It means that He allows me to have trials and hard things in my life, but that He will support me through those trials and that I have the hope that eventually I will be able to live with Him and his son Jesus Christ again. Show more Show less