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Hi I'm Kasi Michelle

I live in Indiana with my husband and four children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom, but am starting school next month, hoping to become a Registered Nurse. My husband was recently diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, and I am hoping a career in nursing will not only help provide for our family financially, but will also assist me in caring for him. I also have a small photography business. I have four children, ages 2 to 7. My oldest son is Autistic. My life is busy, a bit chaotic, and at times hard. But overall, my life is rewarding, joyful and full of laughter. When I have time, I love to garden, refinish thrift store furniture, and pretty much do anything creative.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a mormon family and baptized at age 8. I lived in Utah, and all my friends and family were mormon. Being a mormon was never something I questioned. Until I turned 13. My parents divorced. My father left the church and married a woman who had bad feelings towards the church. My new step-father was emotionally abusive. So I made friends with who I could, and found love and comfort where I could. Unfortunately, that led me away from the church. When I was 15, my parents intervened and pulled me off my path of destruction. I was sent to an inpatient treatment program. Before I entered the program, I was given a priesthood blessing, which I didn't pay attention to or believe in. As I went through the program, I began to see that the choices I was making were making me unhappy. I tried to read the Book of Mormon, but I felt that there was no way that I could be forgiven of my past mistakes. I prayed, but still felt that I could never be forgiven, and that I was unlovable. Towards the end of the program, I was given another blessing. I wanted so badly to believe, but I didn't know if I could. As I listened to the blessing, I was overcome with so much joy and peace. I suddenly knew! I knew that God loved me! I knew that I could be forgiven! I knew that God knew me, He knew me before this life, and He was aware of me now. I knew in a way that could not be denied. I didn't change overnight, but I started on a path that led me back to full activity in the church and a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the gospel. I wish I could say that I never questioned again, or never faltered, but I did. Over the years I have had to rely upon that memory several times, but also strive for new experiences and witnesses that the church is true. Several months ago, I was questioning. My husband was seeing doctor after doctor, with no real answers. I was depressed, and scared. I knew that I needed to pray more, read more, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Then one day, I just did. I picked up a religious book and started to read. As I read, I felt the spirit. I listened more when my husband and I read the scriptures together. I prayed more. I finished that book, and wanted more! I read every church book we own. I read the Ensign and listened to General Conference. And almost without me realizing it, I wasn't questioning at all anymore. But the biggest miracle to me, has been the disappearance of depression and fear. I have felt peace unlike anything I have ever felt in my life. I have felt hope, and joy and a desire to do all I can to return to God someday. I have felt a greater love for those around me. I have come to understand things I never have before, and to trust in God regarding those things that I don't understand. I truly feel joy, during what most would think is the hardest time in my life. I know that it comes from God. I know that God loves me. I know that I am happiest when I am reading my scriptures, listening to the prophet, saying my prayers, going to church, taking the sacrament and following the teachings of the church. I know that the church is true. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. And I am more grateful for these things than words could ever express.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a day to day, almost hour by hour part of my life. Most mornings before my oldest son leaves for school, we gather as a family to read The Book of Mormon and have a family prayer. We pray before each meal, and at night before bed my husband and I read in the scriptures (we are currently reading the New Testament) and pray together. Each Sunday, we attend church. As often as we are able, my husband and I attend the temple together. My husband works with the young men in our ward, ages 12-17. Each week he attends an activity with them during the week, and either teaches or participates in their Sunday School classes. I coordinate events and meetings for the women in our ward. We meet together monthly to learn new skills, be spiritually taught and uplifted, and to foster friendships with and offer support to each other. We try to participate in any ward activities or service projects. We pay 10% of our income to tithing each month. Periodically, we are assigned to give talks or lessons at church.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Kasi Michelle
I think that the only way to stop the spread of pornography is to distance ourselves as far away from it as possible. This means turning off the TV if there is anything even remotely inappropriate on. This means learning about the content of movies before seeing them in the theater, and choosing wisely. It means listening to uplifting music, reading uplifting material, and distancing ourselves from crude or inappropriate conversations. Our children will watch what we watch. Perhaps seeing a women in a bikini on TV is not a big deal to us, but maybe to a 10 year old, it stimulates a desire to see more. We have to teach our children to respect their bodies, to respect others, and to stay as close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as possible. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Kasi Michelle
My husband and I were sealed together in the Salt Lake City Temple over 7 years ago. Because of this, I know that we will be together forever. I know that regardless of what happens in this life, we can be assured that we will be together in the next life. Our children are also sealed to us, and I have complete faith that we will all be together in heaven. It is one of the most comforting aspects of the gospel to me. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kasi Michelle
Being a member of the church is all encompassing. When we moved across the country, we immediately had help, support and friendship from the members of our new ward. They had never met us before, but they unpacked our moving truck, brought us dinner, invited us to their homes and became like family. When my husband began to have health problems, our the snow was shoveled from our driveway, our yard work was done, members offered to babysit so that we could attend doctor appointments together. No matter what happens in our lives, or how far away we are from family, I know that the members of our ward (and this has been the case in every ward we've been in) will help us. Being a member of the Mormon church brings peace. We know God's plan for us. We know that we are led by a living prophet who shows us how to return to Heavenly Father. We know that we will be with our loved ones after we die. Being a member of the Mormon church is hard, at times. Especially as a teenager, I had a hard time choosing between following what I knew to be true, and following my friends. Sometimes people are critical of our beliefs, or judge us based on incorrect assumptions. We live differently than most people, and sometimes being different is hard. But the freedom and happiness that comes from living the gospel more than makes it worth it. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Kasi Michelle
For me, the first blessings I received from the Holy Ghost were promptings to make good decisions. I believe that the Holy Ghost has guided me throughout my life. When I am facing trials, the Holy Ghost offers peace. And as we study the scriptures and pray, the Holy Ghost offers personal revelation and answers. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Kasi Michelle
We believe that He is the father of our spirits. As such, He loves us as a father loves his child. He is merciful, just, loving. He wants us to return to Him, to follow Him, because He loves us so much. He is a man of flesh and bone, but a perfect man. We were created in His image. He hears our prayers, and He answers them. Show more Show less