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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm newly married. I'm a professional educator and I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I have spent the last 20 years working to educate children in a variety of capacities across California. I love music, reading, dancing, dogs, and especially my new husband.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Church, my true conversion happened much later in life. For the longest time, I believed simply because I grew up in the Church and lived the gospel, that I had a testimony. But, just like the song "A Child's Prayer," I was constantly asking, "Heavenly Father, are you really there? And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?" While at many times in my life, I had amazing spiritual experiences and stated that "I was a blessed daughter," I did not really believe. I was constantly questioning because I wanted to have everything happen the way I thought it should, instead of relying on the Atonement and God's purposes. So, I continued to struggle and continued to question. Then, finally, after many, many, years of waiting, I got married for Time and All Eternity in the Temple. I thought that getting married would bring me happiness and solve all of my problems. But, it simply brought new ones. The biggest problem was that I still didn't have a testimony of my own, or at least one that was unshakeable because it was built on a simple undeniable truth, that God is Real and loves us unconditionally. While I had been saying the words for years, I was simply "faking it until I made it." During the last couple of months, I have finally had the courage to step out in faith and ask the basic questions of our Father in Heaven. He is real. He does love us. He wants us to be happy. He is with us through our many trials. This life is a test and all He wants for us is to return to Him. We cannot do it on our own. It is only through the Atonement of his son Jesus Christ that anything is possible. I am not perfect and I do not have all the answers, but HE IS AND HE DOES. We simply need to be humble enough to ask.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon isn't just a Sunday thing, it is who I am. I live my religion on a daily basis. Every day starts with prayer and reading scriptures, even if it is only one verse. I need that personal moment to commune with the Lord. I also wear my CTR ring to remind me to "Choose the Right." My CTR ring also stands for Christ the Redeemer and Current Temple Recommend. This simple reminder helps me to "always remember Him." On Sunday, I teach the women at church once a month about different gospel principles. Most recently, the lesson was on the Sacred Roles of Mother and Father. I am grateful to have been blessed with amazing parents who loved the Lord and helped instill that same adoration in their children. Throughout the years, I have also taught the youth, sang music with the young children and also taught the adults as the gospel doctrine teacher. I also have lead the music in the congregation and was the choir director. I am grateful for His sustaining hand in my life. He has been with me every step of the way and I am constantly finding new ways of realizing just how much I need Him in my life.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Michelle
No, Mormons do not only help Mormons. We believe that everyone is a child of our Heavenly Father and should help everyone in need. Show more Show less