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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up and was raised in Los Angeles, California. I love photography and the arts, but also the sciences and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a college student, studying physiology and developmental biology. I have hopes of becoming a physicians assistant someday and working in the medical field. I also love the arts; I love graphic design, photography and interior design. I love to dance and play sports, I played volleyball in high school and ran track, I also ran a marathon once, being active and outdoors is something that I love. I also love hiking, biking, camping, swimming, surfing and going on overnight backpacking trips. I grew up in Los Angeles, California in a somewhat small family. I am the youngest in my family and I have an older brother and sister, who are both now married and each have a little one. I plan on traveling someday and visiting different places and learning about different cultures around the world. I love to learn and meet new people. I love meeting new people and learning about "their story" and who they truly are. I love helping people, especially little kids because they are so joyful and live life to the fullest.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because not only did I grow up in the church, my mom was a convert and my dad grew up as a member, but because the church allows me to feel at peace. I feel the joy and happiness it brings to me and my family. The church allowed my family to be closer to one another and we are this unit that supports one another. In the church we believe that if married in the temple our family can be together forever and ever. This idea of having my family for an eternity just makes me so happy. There is no one on this Earth that I love more than my family and knowing that I can be with the people I love most forever is just a great feeling. When I was young my dad was diagnosed with renal cancer. They completely removed his kidney and for awhile all was well. A few years later after going to his regularly scheduled doctor's appointments they had found out the cancer had spread to his lungs. My dad underwent intense chemotherapy to try to kill the cancerous spots on his lungs and it worked for awhile, but the cancer continued to spread and this time it went to his neck, spinal cord and into his brain. My freshman year of high school my dad passed away. At the time I couldn't understand that if my Heavenly Father loved me, why would he do this to my dad and why he took my dad away from my family. I still don't know the answer to this question, but I know because of the church and this gospel that I will one day be reunited with my dad and the rest of my family. I know that in life, there is a purpose to everything and that Heavenly Father has a plan for me. I know that I will get to live that fairytale life with my family and live "happily ever after." This joy I get and the peace I know that no matter what happens in this life, that I will still be with my family and my future husband and kids forever is what makes me happy and is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday and participate in the religious ceremonies that we have each week. When I was in high school, I was in charge of creating fun activities for the youth and tried to create activities that were not only spiritually uplifting but also enjoyable. Today I am able to use my talents that my loving Heavenly Father gave me and I am the photographer for the people that meet in my church building. I am able to capture the moments of service, the fun at the activities we have and capture the growing friendships.I also am a visiting teacher for two young women, and basically I meet with each of them once a month and just check up on them to make sure that they are ok and that if they ever need help with anything, that we are there to help them. This allows me to gain stronger relationships with those that have the same faith as me as well as becoming more Christ like and providing service and loving others.