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Hi I'm Michelle

I've always lived in Colorado, but I will soon be serving a mission for the Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always really loved school and done very well in my work. I went to school in a very tiny town from 1st grade through 10th grade. My junior year of high school I began an early college program, which I just recently finished. I now have my A.G. in Mass Communications, and I am about to graduate from high school. I love music. I play the piano and sing mostly, but I have dabbled in pretty much any instrument you can imagine. For me music is how I feel the spirit most easily, so it's a very important part of my life. I also love dancing and acting and I started when I was 2! I love sports. When I was younger, I literally played every sport offered to me! As I got older I had to pick and choose until I was down to my favorite one, volleyball, and the one I'm good at, track and field. I love running, weight lifting, yoga, hiking, biking, and pretty much anything else that requires physical exertion. I believe in natural movement and because of this I use a barefoot running technique, do animal flow and yoga, and try to never hinder my body with unnatural things (like shoes with huge, inflexible soles). I teach piano and I love it. If I could teach music, dance, and acting, for the rest of my life, I would feel so blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and my parents always did a great job with teaching me the gospel. There has never been a time in my life when I didn't believe it. However, there was a time in my life when I didn't care. Even though I knew that the gospel was true, I didn't understand the joy that I could have by living the commandments. When I was a young teenager, I made some mistakes that put me in a pretty bad position. With a lot of God's help, the situation that I was in changed through means that were not my own doing. This allowed me to take a step back and really look at my life. I realized that I wasn't happy. I also realized that my selfish actions could eventually hurt those I loved, if they became more serious. Most importantly, I realized that I had let down the people I loved; my younger siblings who look up to me, my parents who cherish me, my friends who follow and respect my lead, my Savior who atoned for me, and my Father in Heaven who loves me more than anyone else ever could. At a youth conference the summer between my freshman and sophomore years, my entire life changed. God had been preparing me to receive his forgiveness for quite some time. I had begun to feel the workings of the spirit in my life again. During that conference, we were asked to write three goals to better our spiritual growth, then go out into the forest and pray aloud. I found a place where the forest opened up to a meadow of golden grass, overlooking the mountain range. I knelt to pray, and for the first time in my life, poured my heart out to my God out loud. As I sincerely asked for forgiveness, I felt his overwhelming love come over me. I knew that I had been forgiven. From that day I have striven to keep God's laws perfectly. Of course, I have fallen short, but the atonement is there for these occasions. I know that the church is true. I know that God loves me. I try my best to live a righteous life because God deserves that from me. I love the gospel with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I am currently my ward's ward chorister, so I choose the music for sacrament meeting and lead the congregation in singing it each week. I am also a primary teacher for the 11 year olds. This is probably the most most fulfilling calling I have right now, because I get to feel like I'm helping the kids in my class to gain a testimony of the gospel. If I can help them plant a seed that will eventually grow into strong faith in their savior, Jesus Christ, I will feel like I did what God wanted of me. I also have three women who I visit teach, to make sure that their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs are being met, and most importantly, to help them know and feel that they are loved by me and by their Heavenly Father. I am also the seminary vice president. In this calling, I conduct and open classes. However, I also feel like part of my calling is to help the students in my seminary class, and all of those who should be students in the class, feel loved and welcome. The calling that I am most excited about, and which I feel is most important, is my call to be a missionary. I just received my call to the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission and I could not be more excited about it! I have always felt a desire to share the gospel. Ever since I was a little kid, I knew that I wanted to help other families have the happiness that my family does, by serving a mission. I feel that this is the most important calling I may ever have. I know that God needs me to serve a mission. I know that there are people whose lives I will help change, through teaching by the spirit. I look forward to serving my mission and I can not wait to come to love the people of Argentina even more than I already do! I can't wait to do nothing but serve the Lord and help people for 18 months!