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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up all over the United States. I'm afraid on bugs and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up all over the US. My father was in the Navy and I moved almost every year until I was in 5th grade. As a result, I get along with almost anyone but I find it hard to open myself up and I keep people at a save distance. I need to work harder at opening myself up and making more close friends. I like most anything crafty. I like to sew, draw, paint, glasswork and pottery. I enjoy cooking but I really need to get better at it, I have a very limited array of things I cook well. I try to help others but find it hard to allow others to help me, that is something I need to work on also. I used to like outdoor activities more when I was younger but don't find as much joy in it anymore. I am trying to get back to enjoying the outdoors more but sometimes it is just too hot.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon Family for the most part. My father was baptized when I was about 6 years old. I just always knew inside me that my participation in the Mormon Church was right, I call it a gift of faith and I am so luck to have it. My knowledge and testimony has grown little by little over my lifetime There has never really been a time when I did not have faith that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true and the authority to preform necessary ordinances exists within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I can not think of one big moment when I suddenly knew it, I just always have known and that knowledge continues to grow. The reason I continue even when things get difficult and even frustrating is that I want to be with my family after this life. Both my current family and the family I grew up in. Now I am crying as I write this, but about 10 years ago my younger brother dies at a young age of 30. Now he was my dumb little brother who teased me and made growing up a more colorful experience (as most younger brothers do) It was very unexpected and as result, difficult to deal with. He was my younger brother and I did not always express my love to him or dedicate time to keep our relationship close. We both had growing families, staring carriers and many things to keep us busy. I always thought there would be time in the future but I was wrong. I desperately wish I had gotten to know the man he was rather then remembering the boy I grew up with. I harbor a lot of regrets about this. So I continue to follow the gospel because I hope to see him again, I hope to see my Grandfather again, Great Grandparents and others again and I hope to be with my children and spouse again. I know that God exists and that he loves everyone one of us despite our faults and mistakes. I know that Jesus Christ came to offer me and you a way back to God. I know that any of us can find true happiness regardless of our circumstances.

How I live my faith

I serve in my community by working with the Young Women program. Basically, I volunteer as a leader for a youth group of young ladies. My effort is help them develop love and respect for themselves, be more self reliant. I work to help them find their personal self worth based on an understanding of who they really are as daughters of a loving Heavenly Father rather than basing their worth on what our society dictates. I wish I had a better understanding of this when I was a young lady and I hope my efforts can help the girls I work with avoid some of the mistakes and heart ache I experiences. I also try to be accepting of others regardless of how their lifestyle or beliefs may differ from my own. I am generally a very happy person and others are drawn to that. I try to share my understanding of God with others when they want to know why I am so happy.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

This is what I believe about the doctrine of grace. We will all be resurrected or be restored to our perfect bodies because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and through God's Grace, we will all stand before him to stand accountable for our choices in this life. If we repent then God's Grace makes up the difference between what we can do for ourselves and the price of redemption for your mistakes. The atonement of Jesus Christ makes it possible because Jesus paid for our sins so that we could have grace. We have to do our part, we have to repent and do all we can to follow Jesus, have a change of heart and change ourselves becoming true followers of Jesus Christ. When we truly follow Christ, our desires change, we want to be better and we want to share it with others. Show more Show less