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Hi I'm Michelle Duker

I'm a homeschooling mother of three. I work in a library. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always lived in the Midwest. I married my college sweetheart and we eventually had three sons. I have taught my sons at home. We have snakes for pets. I love to read, spend time with my family, scrapbook, watch birds, and watch the University of Kansas play basketball. My oldest son is now serving a mission in Romania.

Why I am a Mormon

I always alternated between feeling close to God and being bothered by things that didn't make sense to me in other churches. I tried many, many churches before being drawn to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by a coworker who bore her testimony to me and answered my questions, and saw commercials on television for the Family First video. We were hoping to start a family, and I wanted mine to be happy like the ones on the ad! We began to be visited by missionaries, I read the Book of Mormon and knew it was true, and had my questions about things like the value of women and the fate of those who could not be baptized on earth answered finally to my satisfaction. We found out we were expecting our first son two days before our baptisms! So I became almost all at once a Mormon stay-at-home mom. I am so grateful I was able to find and understand the truth, and I am so grateful for the blessings of the Gospel in my family. I love to be in the temple, especially with my family. I am excited about the next phase in our family life--beginning to send our sons out on missions! I can't imagine my family life without the gospel. I can't imagine dealing with the trials of life without the knowledge of who we are, why we are on earth and undergo trials, and what we need to do to return home to Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

My most important role is in my home, as a mother. I have found teaching my children to be the most fulfilling thing I've ever done. I tend to be a homebody, however, so it is good for me to have the Church in my life to get me out of the house! I have worked happily in the Church with children, youth, and now with our women's organization, and visiting the women I'm assigned to watch over and care for. It's been fun to be involved in my sons' Eagle Scout and other Scouting projects, too. I'm grateful for opportunities through the Church to be involved in projects like canning tomatoes for the local homeless shelter.