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Hi I'm Michaelanne

I have a passion for competitive running, love to learn new things, am an English teacher, amateur painter, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Church is a place were we go to worship every Sunday or even during the week. Here we have classes and activities to help us learn and draw closer to Christ. Anyone is welcome at any church meeting, and all are invited. The Temple is a very sacred place where we also go to learn and draw closer to Christ. There are also many saving ordinances preformed in the Temple. Everyone can also attend the Temple, but only when each member is living his or her life aligned with Christ's teachings, and when it is the right time in spiritual progression. Show more Show less