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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm the youngest of 10 children raised by good parents on a farm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I'm a NASA Engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have three children. I'm an Electrical Engineer supporting development of the next Space Launch System to return humans to space for the United States. I'm a graduate of SU and UCF. I have a large loving family. Family traditions are going to Dear's House for Sunday dinners and Christmas. My husband and I enjoy traveling with our children to different places, experiencing the people and culture, natural beauty of the earth and historical sites. We climbed a part of the Great Wall of China and viewed the amazing miles of the wall on top of mountains. We marveled at the architecture, art and sculptures in Italy and couldn't get enough of the delicious Mediterranean foods. We've hiked through the astounding Yosemite Park stone mountains and parasailed over the Florida Keys. I love the laser show in Hong Kong, my favorite city. There are deep blue waters in Monte Carlo. I've learned to enjoy where you are in that moment. I mustered up some courage and ziplined for the first time at Lake Tahoe. Through it all, I've discovered the world is a beautiful place. There are natural and man made marvels everywhere. People are the same but laws and government are different which can limit or expand abilities. There is wealth and poverty in most places. I find peace and tranquility in the mountains and near the water. Happiness is within you. It goes where you go or if you don't have happiness, you want find it even in the most special places on earth or above the earth.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about 8 years old, I heard a voice at night that scared me so much that I was paralyzed until it left my presence. After that horrifying experience, I was determined to stay close to God and learn how to overcome evil. Our family was Baptist and we attended church every Sunday. When I was about 11 years old, my older brothers and sisters decided to attend another church. Our parents remained in the Baptist Church. My dad was a Deacon and was determined to keep his faith. We visited several churches and was near baptism until something occurred and prevented the commitment. We ended up in a large nondenominational church with other friends and was happy there. We were searching for a church that could help us better live the teachings in the Bible. During this time, my Aunt who lived in New Orleans would come to Baton Rouge on Sunday to have Bible Study with the family. She had already joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had vision that our family would join the Church. She was on the Lord's errand to teach us. She taught us out the Book of Mormon and the Bible. We knew she had joined a new church but didn't know much about it. Some time later, my brother-in-law invited the family to his home to hear some Mormon missionaries. They taught us and we knew it was truth. We had finally found the true teachings of Jesus Christ. 13 members of our family were baptized. It was the largest baptism in the South. My Aunt from New Orleans who knew this day would come was there to witness her nieces and nephews baptism. My parents and another sister were baptized about six months later. I was 11 years old when I was baptized. The missionary who baptized me gave me a copy of a book called Lectures on Faith, lectures written by the founder of the Church, Joseph Smith. I continue to learn from the lectures today. My Heavenly Father knew that I needed to increase my faith in Jesus Christ to overcome my fears and do good works.

How I live my faith

I know I server the Lord when I serve others and the community. Through service, I learn to truly love others as I see their lives changed for the better. I assist in Public Affairs events. My husband and I have shared our beliefs with other church congregations to help clarify misconceptions. I worked with over 20 Orlando and Seminole County leaders to organize and hold a Community Preparedness Fair to help families prepare for natural disasters and personal hardships. I served as Boy Scouts of American (BSA) Den Leader and Cubmaster helping boys learn duty to God, Country and to help others. I was Den Leader to my own son who progressed through ranks to earned Eagle Scout, highest achievement in BSA. I share my testimony and gospel teachings at women's and youth conferences. My son is currently serving a 2 year mission for the Church. I trust that the Lord will see to his needs as He does the sparrows and the lilies of the valley. I spend Sunday evenings writing him emails on family happenings and end each message with inspirational words from scripture, current church leaders, or world leaders. I know that all truth and knowledge comes from God and we can be inspired from religious and world leaders. Good is simply good. My son, who has his share of hardships, is currently speaking Farsi, Portuguese, English and some Spanish while on his mission. His life is a testament that with God all things are possible. I live my faith everyday in all that I do. I give an honest good day of work on the job. I'm usually one of the last ones to leave the office because I want my work to reflect my values which are in "pursuit of excellence". I push my team at work to do their best while not neglecting family, our first priority. It is not an easy task when what you do impacts human space exploration. I share my love for the gospel with many people verbally and in the way I live. Some have come into the church and other respect my beliefs. Most are surprise that I'm Mormon.