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Hi I'm Michelle

About Me

I attended college and completed a degree in mathematics with minors in political science and business management. My last semester I spent as an intern in Washington, DC. Shortly after graduation I married and accompanied my husband around the country as he finished a PhD and became a professor. We have two daughters and one son. I spend most of my time taking care of them and managing our home but I take time now and then to tutor students in math, and enjoy my favorite hobbies of sewing and photography.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family where both my mother and father were Mormon. We always attended church as a family when we were at home and although we now live in different parts of the country we all continue to attend the LDS church. I've visited other churches and have enjoyed learning about others' beliefs, but have always felt peace with the Mormon faith. My parents always encouraged us to come to church, but no one forced us to go. I remember once as a child choosing to stay home from church. I felt empty and alone. I decided then that I should go to church on every Sunday I could. I haven't always enjoyed every aspect about it--mostly due to my lack of sleep or lack of preparation--but I know that attending church helps my week feel complete. Although Sunday worship services have been important to me, I've continued as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ because I know the teachings are right and I believe that I can be a better person by following the teachings. No matter what day of the week, I strive to live the teachings because I feel happy making choices in accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Since I've been married, I've spent a lot of time working with the children at church. I've helped with the music, teaching classes, weekly Cub Scout meetings, classes for children, and trainings for other teachers. I've also worked with the women's organization, the Relief Society, in planning meetings and activities for the women on Sundays and during the week. Currently I teach scripture classes early in the morning to high school students. Our family helps provide meals for the missionaries that serve in our area and makes visits to other members of the church in our area. Another woman and I go once a month to visit other women in our congregation. I enjoy the visits as I get to share and learn from others whose situations may be different but who follow the same teachings of Jesus Christ.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Michelle
Where possible, missionaries and their families fund their own missions. If a missionary desires to serve, but does not have the financial resources, other families and individuals help. Members of the church do not choose who they will fund, but are able to give voluntary contributions to local and general missionary funds which are then dispersed to missionaries around the world in need. Missionaries contribute what they can and then others help. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Michelle
Many people benefit from the social aspects of the Church. We believe everyone can contribute and can strengthen one another. However, people continue to join and participate in the Church because of the feelings they get as they live the religion. Mormons are not without trials, but the Gospel gives us a perspective that helps us carry through the good and the bad. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Michelle
Baptism is the first ordinance of the gospel. It is a requirement for salvation. When a person is baptized by the proper authority and in the right way, he or she begins a new life that can lead back to living with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Only through being baptized, and by continuing in His gospel can we return to Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Michelle
We believe grace is necessary. We must demonstrate our faith through works, but no matter how good any of us are, we cannot save ourselves. No one is perfect and no one can be saved without the grace of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Michelle
Relief Society is the organization for women 18 and older in the church. It's also the name of the class the women attend on Sunday. As a member of the Relief Society, I am able to study the Gospel, serve others, learn and teach new skills. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Michelle
Eternal life is being able to live forever like God. Eternal life is the blessing that comes of living in obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel, but only through the Atonement of Christ. Eternal life is living with our families and with God forever. Show more Show less