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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a lifeguard, musician, and student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing, swim, and spend time with friends. I also play piano and work part time as a lifeguard. I love being around people! My parents and two brothers mean the world to me! I also really love learning. Having graduated from high school, I am taking a few college courses before I take off on my mission to Montréal, Canada, where I will be sharing my faith!

Why I am a Mormon

I started out with this religion because it's what my parents believe - but I STAYED with this religion because it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. That might sound cliché, but it's true! When I'm going through a rough time in my life, it's because I have been neglecting my faith. Usually I don't even realize that religion has taken the back seat until something happens to remind me that it's there. But every single time, without fail, the moment I return to relying on my faith in Jesus Christ is the moment that the "rough time" becomes a good time, or at least a bearable time. I know that God loves me because every time I ask for help, He is there. I know that God loves me because every time I start to wander away, He gently calls me back. I know that God loves me because He has made a way for me to come home to Him. I know that God loves me because He has blessed me with a loving, supportive family. Most of all, I know that God loves me because He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins and to die on the cross for me personally. He sent Him for you, too. Isn't that wonderful? I know that through the Atonement of Christ, every one of us can be made clean and pure and one day live with God in heaven. I know that because of the Atonement of Christ, every one of us can feel God's love and have hope for a brighter future.

How I live my faith

There's a saying that love is in the details. Well, I believe that faith is too. I live my faith by doing a lot of little, simple things like praying, reading the Book of Mormon, using clean language, saying thank-you often, and smiling. I've also had opportunities to volunteer at church, which I love doing. Right now I serve as the secretary of the women's organization (the Relief Society) in my young adult congregation and I play the organ in our sacrament meetings. When I was asked to do it, I only knew how to play piano - I had to learn organ! It's a lot of fun though! I also get to be a visiting teacher, and this is probably my favourite assignment because it means that I get to reach out to and love two wonderful young women from my congregation. I love being able to become closer friends with them and help them become closer to God.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michelle
No. It is the responsibility of the young men in the Church to serve missions, typically when they are between 19 and 21 years of age, so they are the ones who are most encouraged to go. This does not mean that others can't serve missions though! Young women also have the option of serving a mission once they turn 19, and many retired seniors enjoy being missionaries abroad! I have decided that I want to serve a mission when the time comes because the Gospel brings me so much joy, and that's something that I want for everyone in the world to experience as well. Missionaries are volunteers who leave their loved ones for 18 months to 2 years so that those they teach can be with their families for eternity. Show more Show less