Hi I'm Michaelanne
I teach eighth grade English, and absolutely love it. In college, I competed in track and cross country for BYU. I ran the mile, 3k, and 5k, but these days I mostly just run because it is pure bliss. Some triathlons and half-marathons are most likely in my future. In my spare time, I knit or crochet, go to the park or on a hike, or maybe study some French. I recently, out of the blue, took up oil painting. My next idea is to paint my little sister praying with an angel behind her. I am happiest when I am spending time with the people I love most - talking or doing anything really. I also love meeting new people and learning about who they are. My latest thing is to just rejoice; Heavenly Father's love is so perfect.
Why I am a Mormon
There are so many ways I could answer this question, but it all boils down to the fact that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is truly Christ's church. I want to be serving in a church that is truly serving Him. The Mormon church is the same exact church that Christ establish Himself when He was on the earth. How did I come to know this? I have pondered on this and tried to pinpoint exactly when I knew, but the truth is, I just know deep down that it is true. Yes, I have prayed about it and received an answer. Yes, I have had undeniable spiritual experiences that prove that this church is true. But really, I just know it as clearly as I know that I love my three siblings, or as clearly as I know that watching the sun set behind the mountains is beautiful. There are just some things you just know. And I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, and that this is His church.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized when I was eight years old. It was always something I wanted to do because I believed the church was true. Right before I was baptized I really thought about if this was really what I wanted and not just what my parents wanted. I realized it was something I wanted, and that I did have a testimony of my own. Since then I have built my own testimony off of my own experiences and faith in Christ. I remember when I came out of the water I felt so clean. It was like I had just taken a long shower, except I was clean inside. I remember not being able to stop smiling because I was so happy. Since then I have learned that feeling close to God always brings this happiness. I had this feeling I knew what I was doing was right. Throughout my life there have still been times when things were hard and my faith was shaken, but I learned that these are the times I could hold onto my values and my faith would become even stronger. This church is true.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
God gave us the Gospel to show us the way to be happy. It is as if He shone a flashlight along the safest part of a dark path. Without that light, we would stub our toes, wander off the cliff, or maybe even go the wrong way. Living the Gospel has brought me so much happiness and helped me strengthen my relationship with my Father in Heaven and with Christ. I share the Gospel because I KNOW it is true, and because I love my friends and want them to be happy. Living the Gospel always brings happiness because it draws us closer to God and allows us to feel His love. His love is so perfect. It is something I want to share with everyone.
How I live my faith
I just want to start by saying that living the Gospel never gets easier. It is hard! Or course, some things get easier, but there are always new challenges and new ways to progress. Whenever I improve at one thing, Heavenly Father, in His mercy, shows me something else I can do to become more fully converted. To me, living my faith means that I am continually working with my Father in Heaven to learn His will, do His will, and serve Him. My personal relationships with our Savior, Jesus Christ, and God, the Father, are most precious to my heart. I feel as though the Savior is tutoring me through life. As I strengthen my Faith in him, I feel Heavenly Father's trust for me grow. I love Him so very much, and because of that, I want to do everything I can to show Him I love him, by serving His children, sharing His Gospel, and keeping His commandments. I get up early every morning to pray, counsel with Him, and study the scriptures He has given us for a guide. I plead with Him that I might have the spirit with me as I go to teach, that I might help my students feel His love, and that I might teach them English in the same way as the Savior would if He were their teacher. I fail every day, but I am so grateful for the atonement, so that I can repent, try to be better, and feel His strength and comfort. I am Mormon not only because I know this is Christ's true church, but also because I love Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father; I want to serve Him and do His will.