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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. I am now an elementary teacher in Utah. I like to read, bicycle, sew, and travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a child, I would play "House" and "School". I set as goals for myself, to be married in the temple and to graduate from college. More than anything, I wanted to have a happy family when I grew up. As it turns out, this may be a lifelong goal for me. I have had my share of difficulties but find some hope in the fact that my story isn't over yet. I was fortunate enough to be accepted to B.Y.U. after high school, where I pursued a degree in communications before changing to elementary education. I had hopes of making a positive difference in the lives of children. While a student, I was married in the temple and looked forward to becoming a mother. I ended up teaching my first year of school while expecting twin boys. We added two daughters to our family in the next few years. We were definitely outnumbered but I enjoyed spending my days with our four young children. They were happy little children and I loved hearing their laughter. I didn't think that I would teach full-time again, as the challenges of meeting the demands of a busy family seemed to take up most of my efforts. Things changed dramatically when I found myself divorced several years later and facing the daunting task of being the provider and the mother, a seemingly impossible endeavor. My parents and many friends were very supportive but I continued to look for a new partner to face the joys and challenges of life with. It wasn't until after all my children were raised that I did marry again.

Why I am a Mormon

My family went to several different churches when I was a child. I remember learning the song, "Jesus Loves the Little Children," at one church and I believed that he did, no matter what their skin color or economic status. My parents and older sister were baptized and became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when my sister turned eight. I was six at the time. We were sealed together as a family in the Logan Temple a year later. I liked the idea of spending eternity with my family. I became a member when I turned eight as well. Our family moved to Florida, Texas, Washington, and Alaska while I was in elementary school. I didn't mind moving, and enjoyed seeing much of the United States during our travels. My father and mother taught us the importance of learning and having an interest in the world around us. They provided a safe home life, where we each felt loved and important. I competed in ice skating as a teenager and later played on my high school soccer team. Some of my favorite activities in the summers were attending Youth Conference and Girls Camp, events organized by the church. I had the opportunity to serve in different church callings where I helped plan activities and tried to help others to feel more welcomed at them. I had a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the restoration of it. I wanted others to be happy too. As a young adult at B.Y.U., I realized that I had a choice to continue to be active in the church or not. I knew that I wanted to be. I had many spiritual feelings as a youth and I knew that I believed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be true. I believed the Book of Mormon to be true scripture. I believed in modern day prophets. I believed that Joseph Smith, Jr. helped restore the true church to earth, the same church that Jesus Christ established when he lived on earth. These things all resonated in me. They still do. Living the gospel brings me happiness and hope.

How I live my faith

I enjoy attending church on Sundays. It gives me an opportunity to think about my relationships with God, our Eternal Father, and his son, Jesus Christ. I want to be more Christ-like and more knowledgeable about his gospel. I know that the gospel means "good news" and I believe that the atonement of Jesus Christ is the best news for each of us. As we have made mistakes, and continue to do so, the atonement makes it possible for each of us to repent and start anew. I appreciate having the opportunity to be baptized and then to take the sacrament each week to renew my covenants. I am committed to becoming a better disciple of Jesus Christ. He is our advocate. He gives me hope for myself and for each of us. I have had many different church callings and have appreciated the various opportunities that I have been given to serve and to learn in each of them. I have enjoyed being a visiting teacher and the friendships that I have made with the companions that I have had, as well as the sisters that we have been assigned to visit. I have also enjoyed singing in ward and stake choirs, as music seems to touch my soul and provides an outlet for me to testify of gospel truths. It is like singing your testimony. I hope that I am able to serve a full-time mission at some point. I would love to be able to focus my efforts full-time on teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that I have a lot to learn myself and would enjoy the personal growth that would come while trying to help others as well. I know that it is in our every day interactions with others, at work, at school, or at home, where we demonstrate our beliefs. I hope that others will recognize my sincere desires as I interact with them. As a teacher of second-graders, I try to be fair and understanding while maintaining a classroom that has rules and consequences, both positive and negative. It is a tricky balance. I hope that my students know that I love them and am trying my best to help them learn.